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June 2, 2016, 7:15 PM

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Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Sources: Snapchat has 150M daily active users, higher than Twitter's estimated 140M  —  The four-year-old messaging app is said to have 150 million people using it each day.  —  Snapchat Inc. has 150 million people using the service each day, said people familiar with the matter.
Steven Levy / Backchannel:
Pebble's $99 Core music-streaming keychain fitness tracker will integrate Amazon's Alexa  —  The keychain computer will have Amazon's assistant.  But Pebble first tested human concierges doing “anything that's legal” for users  —  Last week the smart watch company Pebble announced …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook to shut down its Notify app for news alerts, will absorb the app's technology into Messenger and other products  —  Facebook is shutting down Notify, the 7-month-old app that let you subscribe to push notifications from your favorite publishers.  More than 70 partners used the app …
Rene Ritchie / iMore:
Sources: Apple Display with an integrated external GPU will not be announced at WWDC  —  An external GPU (eGPU)-powered Apple Display won't be among the things announced at WWDC 2016.  —  There'd been some speculation on Twitter and rumor reports about Apple possibly introducing a display with an integrated eGPU.
IDC:
IDC: 2016 worldwide smartphone sales expected to grow 3.1%, down from 10.5% in 2015; Android will grow to 84% of shipments with an average selling price of $218  —  According to a forecast update from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Some Apple services return after two-hour outage; photos, some iCloud services still down according to system status page  —  According to Apple's system status page, multiple store services are currently experiencing an outage.  The App Store, Apple TV App Store, Mac App Store …
Phil Oakley / Android Police:
Google starts suggesting unused apps for Android users to uninstall in Google Play Store to save space  —  Apps are getting big - that's one thing no one will deny.  With some games reaching more than a gigabyte of space - LEGO Star Wars on my Nexus 6P is 1.17GB - it's becoming an issue …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Twitter and the NBA sign deal with Samsung for first 360-degree video Twitter Amplify ad campaign, to air during NBA Finals pre- and post-game  —  As the NBA Finals tipping off Thursday night, get ready to see superstars Stephen Curry and LeBron James from every angle on Twitter …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Sources: BitTorrent to spin off Sync, its file sharing product, into separate company, will rebrand product as Connect with focus on enterprise  —  BitTorrent Inc. is saying good-bye to Sync, the file synchronization tool once pitched as an alternative to Dropbox and similar services.
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
IBM and Cisco ink IoT deal integrating Watson AI into Cisco edge routers  —  IBM has been giving a push both to its Watson artificial intelligence and Internet of Things businesses as part of its bigger strategy to grow new streams of revenue to offset declines in older ones.
Sean McLain / Wall Street Journal:
As it loses market share in India, Micromax plans to sell smartphones in China next year and potentially go public in two years  —  Company is losing market share in India to Samsung, Chinese smartphone-makers  —  HONG KONG—Indian smartphone-maker Micromax Informatics Ltd. said Thursday …

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