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June 28, 2016, 6:50 PM

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Will Mason / UploadVR:
Twitter hires former Apple designer Alessandro Sabatelli as Director of VR and AR, forms a new team focused on VR and AR development  —  Until recently Twitter has appeared dormant through the rise of two of Silicon Valley's hottest technologies, augmented and virtual reality, but the company's silence appears to be drawing to a close.
Satya Nadella / Slate:
Examining principles for the development and applications of AI as well as the human skills and values future generations must prioritize  —  Advanced machine learning, also known as artificial intelligence or just A.I., holds far greater promise than unsettling headlines about computers beating humans …
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
A free bot service, DoNotPay, has helped successfully challenge 160K+ traffic tickets in London, New York since launching last fall; Seattle expansion planned  —  A bot made to challenge traffic tickets has been used more than 9,000 times by New Yorkers, according to DoNotPay maker Joshua Browder.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Evernote raises prices of paid plans: Plus tier now $4, previously $3, and Premium tier now $8, previously $6; device sharing on free tier limited to 2 devices  —  Evernote today announced a new suite of pricing for its paid plans and new limitations for its free service.
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Pinterest is rolling out a shopping bag, buyable pins on web, visual search with your camera  —  Pinterest, the startup whose app lets people pin photos and other content to boards and even buy things shown in pins, today announced that the buy buttons that first appeared on the app are now coming to the web version.
Noah Pepper / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter launches Twitter Dashboard, an iOS and desktop app to help businesses manage their accounts, now in beta  —  For businesses, Twitter is a place to share news, tell stories, and have conversations that support, educate, and delight their customers.  It's a place for authentic interactions …
Adam Jourdan / Reuters:
New Chinese rules for mobile app developers require user verification with real-name registration and preservation of user activity logs for 60 days  —  China has tightened rules for mobile app developers including requiring real-name registration and preserving users' activity logs …
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Oliver Suess / Bloomberg:
Siemens plans to invest $1.1B over next five years in a new startups unit focused on developing AI, decentralized electrification, blockchain apps, more  —  Next47 will operate from Berkeley, Shanghai and Munich  —  CEO Kaeser aims to foster a more nimble corporate culture
More: Fortune and Reuters
Mark Harris / Guardian:
Documents reveal Google's Sidewalk Labs is working on technologies to fix public transit in US  —  Exclusive: Documents reveal Sidewalk Labs is offering cloud software Flow to Columbus, Ohio, to upgrade bus and parking services  —  Sidewalk Labs, a secretive subsidiary of Alphabet …
Yue Cai / Facebook Developers:
Facebook launches official Share and Save Chrome extensions and redesigns its web-embeddable Like, Share, and Follow buttons  —  Today, we're introducing several new ways for developers to help people improve their sharing and saving experience.  This includes two new Chrome extensions …

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