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June 16, 2016, 6:05 PM

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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.
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 …
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?
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.

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