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June 1, 2016, 6:30 AM

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Jeremy Wagstaff / Reuters:
Xiaomi to preinstall Office and Skype on all devices as it buys 1.5K patents from Microsoft, cross-licenses others  —  Software maker Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) is selling about 1,500 of its patents to Chinese device maker Xiaomi [XTC.UL], a rare departure for the U.S. company and part …
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
36% of smartphone users in Asia-Pacific region use browsers that automatically block ads; global mobile adblocking userbase hits 419M, up 90% YoY, says PageFair  —  The rise of mobile adblocking may not be burning publishers in the U.S. so far, but the story is very different in Asia.
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
AMD unveils VR-ready Radeon RX 480 GPU, with 8Gbps GDDR5, 40% faster than last year's R9 380, available June 29 for $199  —  Kicking off at this moment is AMD's Computex 2016 keynote.  The company has multiple announcements scheduled this evening, but we're going to jump right into an area …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft opens Windows Holographic, the platform behind HoloLens, for partners to create AR/VR devices, is working with Intel, AMD, HTC, Acer, and others  —  Microsoft is courting virtual-reality hardware makers with its Windows Holographic platform, hoping to grow the base of mixed-reality-capable devices.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Samsung announces 512GB NVMe SSD weighing only 1 gram with read and write speeds of 1500MB/s and 900MB/s, available starting in June  —  Samsung today announced that mass production has begun on a new NVMe PCIe solid state drive in a ball grid array package, the first of its kind to be available in large quantities.
Dustin Volz / Reuters:
US appeals court rules no warrant needed for cellphone location data, overturning a divided 2015 opinion  —  Police do not need a warrant to obtain a person's cellphone location data held by wireless carriers, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday, dealing a setback to privacy advocates.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Periscope to let livestream viewers vote on whether flagged comments are abusive in “flash juries” of five random users  —  Attention livestreamers: You've been summoned for jury duty.  —  Attention Periscope users: You've been summoned for jury duty.
Amar Toor / The Verge:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Instagram officially announces its new business tools, including business profiles, analytics, more; businesses must have a Facebook Page to enable them  —  Instagram this morning officially announced the launch of its tools for business users, including new business profiles …
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Source: Google Home's ARM-based microprocessor and Wi-Fi chip to be the same as those in the Chromecast  —  When Google executive Mario Queiroz unveiled a new voice-controlled virtual assistant, Google Home, at the company's developer conference this month, he left out a key detail …
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
Atari will enter IoT market with new connected devices in partnership with Sigfox  —  Atari announced today that it is plunging into the Internet of Things with a line of connected objects that will debut later this year.  —  Just what those gadgets might be, however, remains shrouded in mystery.
Danny Yadron / Guardian:
Sources: Facebook planning to introduce optional end-to-end encryption mode to Messenger app  —  The move illustrates how technology companies are doubling down on secure messaging while not wanting to get in the way of their other business objectives  —  Facebook users this summer …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Time confirms Myspace breach limited to a portion of login data created before June 11, 2013; LeakedSource says over 360M accounts compromised  —  You might not have thought of - much less visited - Myspace in years.  (Yes, it's still around.  Time, Inc. acquired itand other properties when it bought Viant earlier this year.)
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Jawbone refutes reports that it will exit the fitness tracker market  —  Last week, a report claiming that Jawbone would exit the fitness tracker marketplace made the rounds.  At the time, Jawbone offered us a “no comment,” but today the company has released a full statement that entirely refutes last week's rumors.
Reuters:
New EU guidelines: EU governments should only ban sharing economy firms like Airbnb and Uber as last resort  —  European Union governments should not ban services like home-rental site Airbnb or ride-hailing app Uber except as a last resort, the EU says in new guidelines, seeking to rein in a crackdown on the “sharing economy”.

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