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June 3, 2016, 3:25 AM

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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Xiaomi announces Mi Band 2 water-resistant activity tracker, with heart-rate monitor, display, 20-day battery, goes on sale in China June 7 for about $23  —  Xiaomi just unveiled a brand new wearable device, the Mi Band 2.  Despite the name, it's the company's third fitness tracking device after the Mi Band and Mi Band Pulse.
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.
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.
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 …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple releases new build of iOS 9.3.2 for 9.7-inch iPad Pro after initial update bricked some tablets  —  Apple today released a new version of iOS 9.3.2 that's specific to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, presumably resolving an issue that caused some iPad Pro devices to become bricked after installing the original iOS 9.3.2 update.
Jenna McLaughlin / The Intercept:
FBI Kept Demanding Email Records Despite DOJ Saying It Needed a Warrant  —  The secret government requests for customer information Yahoo made public Wednesday reveal that the FBI is still demanding email records from companies without a warrant, despite being told by Justice Department lawyers …
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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 …
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 …
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.
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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