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June 16, 2016, 3:20 PM

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Jonathan Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung Electronics to acquire US cloud services firm Joyent; Joyent to retain name and top management, will be integrated into Samsung's mobile division  —  Acquisition of Joyent shows device maker is pushing to beef up software and services  —  SEOUL— Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday …
Peter Rubin / Wired:
Lucasfilm's ILMxLAB and Magic Leap partner to produce mixed-reality Star Wars content  —  You're used to C-3PO being diplomatic and prissy, wringing his droid hands over any and every little setback.  You're used to him sticking close to R2-D2.  What you're probably not used to, though …
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
Microsoft Boosts Its Chatbot Future By Acquiring Wand Labs  —  The startup, which ties together an array of services through a conversational interface, will help build out Satya Nadella's vision.  —  On Monday, Microsoft made headlines by plunking down $26 billion for LinkedIn.
Davey Alba / Wired:
Facebook Messenger's home tab on mobile now organizes the app into recent messages, favorites, active users, messages awaiting a response, and birthdays  —  Facebook wants to make Messenger the app to anchor a post-app Internet that lets you do everything within a chat.  Need an Uber?
Bloomberg:
Sources: Airbnb secures $1B debt facility from JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America, and Morgan Stanley  —  Airbnb Inc. secured a $1 billion debt facility from some of the largest U.S. banks to help the home-sharing company develop new services and fund growth initiatives, people familiar with the matter said.
Gawker:
200+ page dossier on Donald Trump allegedly authored by Democratic strategist Warren Flood leaks a day after Washington Post reported the DNC had been hacked  —  A 200+ page document that appears to be a Democratic anti-Trump playbook compiled by the Democratic National Committee …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Periscope go-live broadcast button available to all in Twitter's iOS and Android apps  —  Want to livestream for your Twitter audience?  You don't have to switch apps to get started.  As promised, Twitter's Periscope button is now available to everyone using its Android and iOS apps.

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