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May 1, 2017, 11:15 AM

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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.
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
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon's “Speech Synthesis Markup Language” now lets Alexa developers add personality to Skills' responses by controlling pronunciation, pitch, timing, and more  —  Amazon's Alexa is going to sound more human.  The company announced this week the addition of a new set …
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.
CNNMoney:
Sales of ebooks in US dropped 19% during first 9 months of 2016 and declined 17% in UK for all of 2016, as physical books sales rose, say publisher associations  —  Coloring books help adults de-stress  —  Are physical books the new vinyl?  —  New data suggest that the reading public …
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 …
Lizzie Plaugic / The Verge:
A look at exclusive social networks and dating apps like Best of All Worlds and The League, which cater to the world's one percent  —  On the internet, no one can see your Rolex  —  The social network Best of All Worlds is five years old (ancient by Silicon Valley standards) …

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Microsoft:
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IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
At Zoho Recruit, We Take Workflows very Personnel-ly  —  Here's the thing about workflows.  They are very difficult to understand until you actually start working with them.  —  But, for recruiters …

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