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June 27, 2016, 4:45 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.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Google launches Cast for Education to let students cast their screens to the classroom projector, debuts quizzes feature for Forms, and opens up VR Expeditions  —  It's no secret that Google's Chromebooks have seen the most success in the classroom, and have quickly become the de facto education computer …
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.
Matt Day / The Seattle Times:
Microsoft reaches $10K settlement with a small business over an unplanned Windows 10 update  —  With about a month left for many PC users to upgrade to Windows 10 at no charge, Microsoft is being criticized for its aggressive — some say too aggressive — campaign to get people to install the new operating system.
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 Photos and Apple's Memories feature coming in iOS 10  —  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.

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