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May 2, 2017, 5:15 PM

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Microsoft debuts 13.5" Surface Laptop running Windows 10 S with 4 color options, USB 3 Type A, Mini DisplayPort, 14.5-hour battery life, ships June 15 from $999  —  Microsoft has announced a brand new Windows-powered notebook called the Surface Laptop.  —  At an event in New York City today …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft unveils Windows 10 S, a streamlined version for education that only runs apps from Windows Store, launching this summer  —  At its education event in New York City today, Microsoft announced a new edition of its latest operating system: Windows 10 S. Available on first-party …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Microsoft updates Teams with education-focused tools, including a dashboard for students' work with access to learning materials, available this summer  —  Microsoft Teams started life competing with Slack in the workplace, but now Microsoft plans to bring its chat and collaboration app to another environment: schools.
Bloomberg:
Hands-on: Microsoft targets backpacks with its 2.76 lbs Surface Laptop, lighter than MacBook Air; keyboard impresses with suede-like durable Alcantara covering  —  Microsoft has already cracked the professional and creative markets with inventive tablets and a desktop that turns into a virtual drafting table.
Apple:
Apple sold 50.7M iPhones in Q2, down from 51.2M last year, 8.92M iPads, down from 10.2M, 4.19M Macs, up from 4.03M; services revenue grew to $7.04B, 18% YoY  —  Capital Return Program Expanding to $300 Billion  —  Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2017 second quarter ended April 1, 2017.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Facebook rolls out Instant Games on Messenger to all users, currently with up to 50 games including Words with Friends  —  Facebook is announcing today that it is rolling out Instant Games on Messenger more broadly to the 1.2 billion people who use the messaging system every month.
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: code written by women at Facebook rejected far more than men's; Facebook says study inaccurate, performed by former employee with incomplete data  —  Analysis found female engineers received 35% more rejections of their code than men  —  Last year, a longtime engineer …
Ben Bajarin / Tech.pinions:
Survey of 942 AirPods owners says 82% are “very satisfied” and 16% are “satisfied”, beating customer satisfaction levels of other new Apple products  —  Last week, we ran a follow up to the voice assistant research study we published last year around this time.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google will now allow 300x250 ads above the fold on mobile webpages, says they can be ‘user-friendly’  —  Google today announced a change to its AdSense policy that will remove a limitation previously in place that restricted certain kinds of ads “above the fold” - meaning, visible on a website without scrolling down the page.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube revamps its desktop site with an updated design based on Google's Material Design, optional dark theme, and faster framework  —  YouTube turned 12 on Monday.  To celebrate the milestone, the company is today launching a redesign of its desktop site, which now takes advantage …
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Docker appoints former SAP exec Steve Singh as CEO to replace Ben Golub  —  Docker was tagged with a $1 billion valuation in the heady days of 2015, when the term “unicorn” was still in vogue and venture capitalists spoke frequently of FOMO (fear of missing out).

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