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June 16, 2016, 8:55 PM

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Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
Microsoft acquires messaging app vendor Wand Labs to bolster its chat intelligence products as part of larger “conversation as a platform” strategy  —  The startup, which ties together an array of services through a conversational interface, will help build out Satya Nadella's vision.
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?
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 …
George Slefo / Ad Age:
Twitter will now let advertisers target users based on the emoji they have tweeted  —  It's Exactly What You Think It Is  —  Advertisers will either cry with laughter or happiness following Twitter's announcement of emoji based-targeting.  —  The company's move is in time for next month's World Emoji …
Khadeeja Safdar / Wall Street Journal:
Birchbox suspends plans for stores, as sources say it failed to raise funds or find a buyer  —  Beauty-box provider suspends plans for stores; talks with potential suitor failed to result in a deal  —  The startup that set the subscription-box craze in motion has scaled back plans …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Apple confirms iPad can be used as a hub for HomeKit  —  Apple's update for HomeKit may make the Apple TV even more important, with its addition of remote access to control things from afar, but it turns out you don't actually need the set-top box.  In an ideal setup - and certainly …
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Mozilla announces experimental “containers” feature that lets Firefox users log in to sites using different identities within the same browser  —  Mozilla's Firefox browser is getting a new experimental feature today that aims to help you segregate your online identities and allow …

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