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May 5, 2017, 11:05 PM

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Recode:
Sources: Amazon and Apple close to an agreement to launch Amazon video app on Apple TV; Amazon employees expect the app in Q3  —  Jeff Bezos and Tim Cook bury the hatchet.  —  Amazon and Apple may have reached a truce.  —  The tech giants, who are increasingly competing for customers' time …
Reuters:
French presidential candidate Macron's campaign says it was targeted in a “massive” hack, after about 9GB of data was posted to Pastebin  —  French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron's campaign said on Friday it had been the target of a “massive” computer hack that dumped …
AFTVnews:
Possible image of redesigned Echo with a built-in touchscreen found on Amazon's servers  —  Here is the first look at what Amazon's upcoming Echo with a built-in touchscreen looks like.  I was able to locate this unfortunately low resolution image on Amazon's servers in a similar manner …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook debuts a Twitter-like ‘Latest Conversations’ feature that shows public posts about buzzing topics  —  Facebook is rolling out a new feature called “Latest Conversations” in its search results that will show the most recent public posts about timely topics that a lot of people across its network are discussing.
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Reuters:
Sources: Justice Department opens criminal probe into Uber's use of Greyball software to evade regulators  —  The U.S. Department of Justice has begun a criminal investigation into Uber Technologies Inc's use of a software tool that helped its drivers evade local transportation regulators, two sources familiar with the situation said.
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Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Microsoft announces a new event on May 23 in Shanghai, confirms new hardware is coming; in a tweet Panos Panay hints at Surface update  —  Microsoft is holding an event this month, the company announced tonight, at which it says it will “show the world what's next.”
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Spotify debuts scannable Spotify Codes in mobile app to let users easily share music  —  Spotify has taken a tip from Snapchat with its new feature for sharing music via scannable images.  The new Spotify Codes feature creates a unique barcode and album cover image for every song, artist and playlist.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Facebook says it is closing Oculus VR film studio, canceling all ongoing projects, will invest in VR content produced by outside partners  —  Oculus Story Studio, the award-winning studio behind virtual reality (VR) short films like “Dear Angelica” and “Henry,” is being shut down, Facebook announced Thursday afternoon.

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Microsoft:
Making gaming accessible to all  —  Read the story behind the new Xbox Adaptive Controller, which will make gaming accessible to people with a broad range of disabilities.
eero:
CNET: eero Labs introduces a new innovation playground for networks.  —  eero is introducing eero Labs to give its customers a chance to try out new features on its mesh Wi-Fi system before they go mainstream.
IBM:
Multi-platinum music producer collaborates with AI and APIs  —  See how IBM partnered with Spotify to help Alex da Kid find the perfect match for his upcoming single.
Zoho:
Zoho CRM-Outlook Add-in: Announcing Stylish, Interactive UI with New Features  —  Generating quality leads and maintaining lasting customer relationships is a challenge for any sales team.
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How Google Plans To Use AI To Reinvent The $3 Trillion US Healthcare Industry  —  In this report we explore Google's many healthcare initiatives and areas of potential future expansion.

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