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May 24, 2016, 9:35 PM

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Amir Efrati / The Information:
Source: Apple opening Siri to third-party apps, preparing a Siri SDK for release at WWDC, and developing an Amazon Echo rival  —  Apple is upping its game in the field of intelligent assistants.  After years of internal debate and discussion about how to do so, the company is preparing to open up Siri to apps made by others.
Todd Sherman / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter won't count photos, videos, @names in replies toward 140 characters “in the coming months”, will allow self-retweets, touts improved onboarding metrics  —  Over the past decade, the Tweet has evolved from a simple 140-character text message to a rich canvas …
Forbes:
Sources: Peter Thiel has played a lead role in bankrolling Hulk Hogan's lawsuits against Gawker Media  —  One of Silicon Valley's best-known investors has been footing a former wrestler's legal bills in lawsuits against a shared enemy.  —  Peter Thiel, a PayPal cofounder and one of the earliest backers …
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
French government raids Google's Paris HQ as part of ongoing tax investigation seeking €1B+; company says it is working with authorities  —  Prosecutors follow up on complaint from France's tax authority  —  PARIS—Dozens of tax investigators swooped into Google's French headquarters …
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Jon Callas, co-founder of Silent Circle, Blackphone, PGP Corp, was re-hired by Apple in May  —  Apple Inc (AAPL.O), which has resisted pressure from U.S. law enforcement to unlock encrypted iPhones, this month rehired a top expert in practical cryptography to bring more powerful security features to a wide range of consumer products.
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:
Google brings new local search ads to Google Maps, will experiment with new formats like promoted pins, supports bids from advertisers for specific device types  —  Google's AdWords is getting a makeover.  The search giant announced today that they have made several updates to make its advertising tools more suitable for mobile.
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Toyota to make strategic investment in Uber and team up on auto leasing program  —  Toyota Motor Corp. said it is making a strategic investment in Uber Technologies Inc. and will offer auto leases to the ride-hailing company's drivers.  —  Uber declined to disclose the size of the investment.
Fast Company:
Samsung says no Android Wear devices are in development or being planned, citing better battery efficiency of Tizen OS  —  It was at Google I/O two years ago that Samsung announced its Gear Live smartwatch (now discontinued) running the Android Wear OS.  Two years later the collaboration is over.
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