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June 1, 2016, 12:25 PM

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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Grant Gross / PCWorld:
HPE wants Oracle to pay $3 billion for breach of Itanium contract  —  A jury trial in a long-running dispute between the two companies begins this week  —  Hewlett-Packard Enterprise is asking a jury to award the company $3billion from Oracle after the database giant stopped supporting HPE's …
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.
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.)
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.
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.

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