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July 2, 2016, 4:10 PM

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John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed:
Apple accuses Spotify of asking for “preferential treatment” after app rejection complaint, says Spotify is “publicly resorting to rumors and half-truths”  —  “We find it troubling that you ... are publicly resorting to rumors and half-truths about our service."
Mikhail Larionov / Messenger Platform News:
Facebook announces 11K bots on Messenger, updates Messenger Platform with star ratings, quick reply buttons, more content types, and other features for bots  —  Since the launch of the Messenger Platform in April of this year, over 11,000 bots have launched.
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Sources: larger HTC Nexus will have 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM, 3450mAh battery, 12MP rear and 8MP front camera, quad-core Qualcomm CPU  —  You know about Google's smaller new Nexus phone, Sailfish, but what about Marlin?  Everyone's keen to know what the bigger …
Jim Swift / bomble.com:
Senate tells staffers it will no longer issue Blackberry smartphones  —  This is the way the world ends.  Not with a clickity keyboard, but with a swipe.  —  Senate staffers will no longer be issued official Blackberry smartphones.  —  The reign of the Blackberry lasted a good decade …
Ben Lang / Road to VR:
Google adds WebVR and VR Shell to beta and dev versions of Chrome on Android, potentially allowing all websites to be viewed in VR  —  Google is working to add fully immersive browsing capability to Chrome, allowing users to browse any part of the web in VR, not just those sites that are specially built for VR.
Mark Bergen / Recode:
Profile of Mario Queiroz, VP of product management at Google, and the man behind Google Home  —  The man behind Google Home.  —  Six years ago, Mario Queiroz, a VP of product management at Google, stood onstage at the company's Mountain View headquarters holding the first hardware device bearing the company's name.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple in exploratory talks to acquire Tidal, Jay Z's streaming music service; Tidal held similar talks with Rhapsody last year  —  Sources say talks are ongoing and may not result in a deal  —  Apple Inc. is in exploratory talks to acquire Tidal, a streaming-music service run by rap mogul Jay Z …

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