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May 3, 2017, 5:40 AM

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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.
Leena Rao / Fortune:
Apple Pay transaction volume is up 450% YoY, likely due to Apple's 2016 expansion into many international markets; accepted at 20M locations worldwide  —  Apple's mobile payments wallet is growing quickly.  —  The number of Apple Pay transactions in the latest quarter rose 450% …
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Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:
Apple reports Q2 revenue of $52.9B vs. $53.02B estimated, posts Q3 guidance of $43.5B-$45.5B vs. $45.6B expected; China sales down 14% YoY; stock down ~1.5%  —  Apple's massive cash hoard could become a major windfall under the Trump administration  —  Analysts have predicted new iPhone features …
TrustedReviews:
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 …
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.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
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 …
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Samsung gets government approval to test a self-driving Hyundai, customized with Samsung technology, on roads in South Korea  —  Samsung's ambitions to be a player in the self-driving car space aren't new, but today the company hit a big milestone.  The company's home country of South Korea …
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.
 

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