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June 2, 2016, 4:10 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Christopher Heine / Adweek:
IBM Watson Is Now Offering AI-Powered Digital Ads That Answer Consumers' Questions  —  Will first run on Weather Company properties  —  We've seen Bob Dylan talking to IBM Watson about love and loss in TV spots for months, and Big Blue now wants us to connect with the same kind of artificial intelligence …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich planned, then cancelled, a Thursday night fund-raiser for Donald Trump; Trump to hold rally in San Jose instead  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — Donald J. Trump would not be Silicon Valley's first choice as president.  Or its second.  Or maybe even its third.
Pete Rizzo / CoinDesk:
A16z, USV lead $1.5M seed round in Mediachain, a startup building an open, blockchain-based tool to identify artists' works online  —  New York-based Mediachain has become the latest blockchain startup to join the portfolios of VC heavyweights Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures.

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