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June 27, 2016, 3:50 PM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter adds stickers for photos and lets you search them like hashtags  —  Twitter will begin letting you add virtual stickers to the photos you post, the company said today.  Hundreds are available at launch, including the standard Unicode emoji and some original work from Twitter.
Google Research Blog:
Google announces Project Bloks, a new open hardware platform to make coding physical for kids, still in development  —  Posted by Steve Vranakis and Jayme Goldstein, Executive Creative Director and Project Lead, Google Creative Lab  —  At Google, we're passionate about empowering children to create and explore with technology.
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Microsoft is ending Xbox Fitness, citing content costs, with full shutdown on June 30, 2017  —  Xbox One owners are going to have to find another tool for working out in front of the TV: today Microsoft announced plans to shut down its Xbox Fitness service.
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:
HPE CEO Meg Whitman announces several organizational changes, including the departure of CTO Martin Fink  —  CEO Meg Whitman announces more organizational changes less than a year after HP spun off its Enterprise business.  —  Less than a year after Hewlett Packard spun off HP Enterprise …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: dozens of new brands get Dash buttons this week; companies pay $15 for each branded button sold and 15% of each product sale, atop normal commission  —  Detergent, household-products makers join expansion as they try to stay close to Amazon, but consumer demand for gadgets has been cool
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook rolls out Slideshow movie-maker feature on iOS to compete with Google and Apple  —  Most people can't shoot compelling videos, and static photos are boring.  That's why the tech giants are all pushing their own versions of automatic movie makers based on your media.
Toivo Tanävsuu / Ars Technica:
Former Megaupload programmer Andrew Nõmm, who spent a year in US prison, tells his story  —  Programmer Andrew Nõmm: “I had to be made an example of as a warning to all IT people.”  —  Soon after the domain was registered in Hong Kong, the now-defunct Megaupload.com grew …
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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Uber partners with Pandora to give drivers streaming music option, first 6 months ad-free  —  As the battle for drivers continues to heat up, on-demand car services are tacking on more benefits to build up their respective armies.  Today, Uber is adding to the competition with the launch of Pandora music on its driver app.

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