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May 24, 2016, 3:00 PM

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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 …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
KGI: Apple to release MacBook Pros with Touch ID and an OLED touch bar replacing function keys above keyboard in Q4, plus a 13-inch MacBook model  —  According to a new note from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities and corroborated by our sources, Apple plans to introduce …
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 …
Steven Levy / Backchannel:
A look at the design process behind Pebble Core: an untethered music-streaming accessory with two programmable buttons, GPS, and optional cable-less charging  —  The Pebble Core lives on your keychain.  It plays music and tracks your run.  But it won't give you the time of day.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
New $99 Pebble 2 and $169 Pebble Time 2 smartwatches add heart rate tracking; the $69 Pebble Core is a clip-on Spotify-streaming device for runners  —  After two successful crowdfunding campaigns, Pebble is back for a third try.  —  Pebble returned to Kickstarter today to rack up preorders …
Colin Stretch / Facebook:
Facebook responds to GOP Sen. Thune on Trending Topics, says investigation found no systematic bias, cannot rule out unintentional bias, plans improvements  —  Last week we met with Chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee John Thune to describe our investigation in response …
Ted Sarandos / Netflix Media Center:
Starting in September, Netflix will be exclusive US pay TV home for new releases from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar  —  Summertime = Movies.  Well, on Netflix, anytime = movies...but we do see about a 20% increase in movie watching by our members in the US around Memorial Day weekend.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
VW invests $300M in Uber rival Gett in new ride-sharing partnership  —  The on-demand transportation service continues to heat up, and today the spotlight is shining on a New York startup whose business is based primarily in Europe.  Gett, a cab-hailing startup with operations across some 60 cities …

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