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May 9, 2017, 7:15 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon will unveil Echo speaker with 7" touch screen that has video calling feature, expected to be announced as soon as Tuesday, ship as soon as June  —  Amazon is due to unveil a new Echo speaker with a screen that will incorporate video calling capabilities, according to people familiar with the matter.
Matt Humrick / AnandTech:
Qualcomm unveils 14nm Snapdragon 660 and 630 SoCs with faster charging, improved connectivity, and enhanced imaging, expected in devices later this year  —  Qualcomm is bringing some premium experiences to its mid-tier lineup with the addition of the Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630 Mobile Platforms.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
eMarketer forecast: Amazon to control 71% of voice-controlled speaker market in US this year, ahead of Google Home's 24%  —  Amazon is dominating the voice-controlled speaker market, according to a new forecast from eMarketer out this morning.  The maker of the Echo-branded speakers …
Cade Metz / Wired:
Uber hires University of Toronto AI expert Raquel Urtasun to oversee development of new AI research lab in Canada  —  Uber is hiring Raquel Urtasun, a prominent artificial intelligence researcher at the University of Toronto, as the ride-hailing company aims to build a lab for driverless car research …
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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
A look at the UI for Google's “Fuchsia” smartphone OS, written with cross-platform Flutter SDK, as the over-arching purpose of the project remains unclear  —  Taking a look at Google's mysterious third operating system.  —  Google, never one to compete in a market with a single product …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Urban transport app Citymapper trials its own smart bus and transport service in London, with “popup” routes using its own branded buses  —  Popular city transport app Citymapper has revealed an ambitious plan to reinvent the humble bus, creating vehicles fit for the smart city era.
Sam Gustin / Motherboard:
John Oliver urges internet users to defend net neutrality again  —  HBO comedian John Oliver is a strong supporter of net neutrality, the principle that all internet content should be treated equally.  He made that clear in 2014 when he urged viewers to flood the Federal Communications Commission's website …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Pandora announces $150M investment from private equity firm KKR as it posts $132M Q1 loss, resignation of two board members, new independent board committee  —  Pandora Media Inc. received $150 million from KKR & Co. and will step up its efforts to explore strategic options, including a possible sale of the internet radio company.

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