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July 10, 2016, 3:40 PM

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft updates Skype Bot platform with group support, adds support for new Slack and Facebook features to Bot Framework  —  Microsoft is updating its Microsoft Bot and Skype Bot platforms with new capabilities, as well as additional support for Facebook and Slack bot features.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Although Pokémon Go's sudden success is driven by nostalgia, Pokémon's mechanics are uniquely suited for augmented reality  —  Basically everyone is Pokémon Go-ing according to Twitter, and I'm sure basic resources like power and water will soon start to shut down because key staff are out chasing Pikachu.
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:
James Vincent / The Verge:
Seeking to replace microSD with a faster successor, Samsung announces world's first removable UFS memory cards, but no devices support them yet  —  What comes after microSD cards for removable storage?  Samsung has the answer: UFS.  The company announced today the world's first removable UFS …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Satya Nadella and other Microsoft executives discuss the company's AI plans and why it has a competitive advantage  —  Satya Nadella bounded into the conference room, eager to talk about intelligence.  I was at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, WA, and the company's CEO was touting …
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
Jerry Beilinson / Consumer Reports:
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Fails Consumer Reports Water-Resistance Test  —  The phone is supposed to survive 30 minutes in 5 feet of water.  In our testing, it didn't.  —  Commercials for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge showed hip-hop's Lil Wayne pouring Champagne over the phone and dunking it in a fish tank.
Jennifer Baker / Ars Technica:
BT, Vodafone, and other European telcos publish “5G Manifesto” seeking lighter net neutrality regulation to encourage next generation network investment  —  BT, Vodafone, and chums all flex muscles, press for lighter regulation.  —  BRUSSELS—A coalition of nearly 20 telcos including BT …
Sarah Kessler / Fast Company:
Home-cooking startup Josephine's struggle with murky laws and regulations raises questions about the future of the food-sharing economy  —  Politicians talk big about supporting innovation, but as home-cooking startup Josephine discovered, the system isn't designed that way.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Twitter is talking to the NBA, MLS and Turner to buy rights to more sports streams  —  Twitter is looking to ink more NFL-style streaming deals.  —  Twitter wants to stream more TV-like live video around major sporting events, so it's approaching the folks who control those rights to cut a deal.
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Inside Google and Microsoft's efforts to catch Amazon in the cloud computing services space  —  For months and months, as Google's brain trust searched for the ideal candidate to lead the company's come-from-behind bid for its biggest new opportunity since Larry Page and Sergey Brin began putting ads …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:

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