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May 1, 2017, 4:05 PM

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Tony Romm / Recode:
Trump is launching a new tech group, the American Technology Council, to “transform and modernize” the US government, led by ex-Microsoft exec Chris Liddell  —  He'll consult with executives — we don't yet know who — in June.  —  U.S. President Donald Trump intends to huddle …
Yahoo! Finance:
Rendering leaks of Fitbit's first smartwatch, coming fall; sources: it will have 1K-nit display, GPS, heart-rate tracking, touchless payments, Pandora streaming  —  Yahoo Finance has obtained photos of Fitbit's (FIT) first “proper” smartwatch and first-ever pair of bluetooth headphones due out this fall.
Tripp Mickle / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's cash reserve has topped $250B, which is greater than Walmart or P&G's market value, and exceeds the foreign-currency reserves of UK and Canada combined  —  Tech giant's unequaled stash draws calls for buybacks, acquisitions as corporate tax shift looms
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter partners with Bloomberg Media to create a 24/7 ad-supported Twitter-exclusive live video news channel, expected to start in fall  —  New Service Comes as Social-Media Firm Fights for Video Ad Dollars  —  Twitter Inc. TWTR -0.78% has found its first partner for its push into round-the-clock streaming television: Bloomberg.
Cho Mu-Hyun / ZDNet:
Samsung debuts Bixby voice command feature for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in South Korea, a month after launching the flagship smartphones  —  Samsung Electronics has rolled out the voice command feature for its Bixby virtual assistant that was missing for the launch of Galaxy S8.
Kieren McCarthy / The Register:
How Obama's intervention on Title II sparked hyper-partisanship at the FCC, and Ajit Pai's public stance on regulations changed as chance to be chairman opened  —  The answer - because net-neutrality slayer Ajit Pai wants to stay in charge  —  Special report This week, Ajit Pai …

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