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June 1, 2016, 4:30 PM

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Brian Barrett / Wired:
OnePlus 3 to launch globally on June 14 without an invite system  —  When the remarkable OnePlus One arrived two years ago, it made people reimagine the $300 smartphone.  But it also made everyone reimagine how they buy a phone, with an invitation-based system as frustrating as it was arcane.
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.
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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Meeker's report: internet adoption rate flat with 9% growth YoY; Facebook, WeChat dominate messaging; US advertising's growing, dominated by Google, Facebook  —  The fastest way to learn everything going on in tech is to read this report.  Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker has become …
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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 …
Dave Smith / Tech Insider:
Mark Gurman is leaving 9to5Mac for a “big name media publication” starting in July  —  Mark Gurman is one of the best Apple reporters in the world.  He's been breaking news on the notoriously secretive tech giant for the 9to5Mac blog since he was just 15 years old.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Salesforce buys Demandware for $2.8B, taking a big step into e-commerce  —  Salesforce made its name originally with cloud-based software to help salespeople manage their leads and close deals; and today the company took a big step into the business of sales itself.
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Jeff Bezos says Alexa could be Amazon's fourth pillar after retail, Prime, and AWS, as company has 1K employees working on Echo and Alexa  —  Amazon has three big pillars: the retail marketplace, Amazon Prime, and Amazon Web Services.  But there certainly would be room for a fourth pillar.
Nick Bilton / Vanity Fair:
A look inside Twitter since Jack Dorsey's return, amid growth issues, high churn, sliding stock, including how Evan Williams pitched Medium to Twitter for $500M  —  Less than a year into his return as C.E.O., one thing is clear: the company's fortunes are indelibly tied to those of its controversial co-founder.

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