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May 9, 2017, 8:20 PM

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon unveils Echo Show, an Alexa-powered speaker with a 7" touchscreen and video calling for $229.99; preorders open now, ships June 28  —  Look out, world: Alexa is coming to a screen near you.  Today Amazon unveiled the Echo Show, a WiFi-enabled home device with a seven-inch screen …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Snapchat adds snaps with unlimited viewing time and looping videos, which will both self-destruct on being closed, and new creative tools like a “magic eraser”  —  Infinite snaps, loops, and the magic eraser  —  Snapchat added a set of new creative tools to its arsenal today amid …
Dan Primack / Axios:
Sarah Tavel leaves Greylock Partners to become general partner at Benchmark Capital, the first woman in that role at the firm  —  Sarah Tavel has joined venture capital firm Benchmark Capital as its sixth general partner, after having been with rival Greylock since 2015.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Docs show Microsoft's plan to turn Windows 10 PCs into Echo rivals with HomeHub feature, which includes an “always on” welcome screen for lists, notes, more  —  Microsoft has been working on a new HomeHub feature for Windows 10 to better compete with devices like Amazon's Echo.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple acquires Beddit iPhone-connected sleep monitoring system, according to updated privacy policy  —  Apple recently acquired Beddit Sleep Monitor, an app and sleep system designed to monitor daily sleep habits through the iPhone, according to an updated privacy policy posted …
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
Online review startup Podium raised $32M Series A, led by Accel Partners with GV, Summit Partners, and Y Combinator participating  —  Podium, a Utah-based enterprise software company specializing in customer review management has pulled in an over-subscribed $32 million Series A round, led by Accel Partners.
Bloomberg:
China's Alipay announces deal with payment processor First Data Corp to let its users shop at 4M stores in US  —  Mobile payments wallet to be accepted at 4 million U.S. stores  —  Alipay says it's part of broader international expansion  —  China's mobile-payments king wants a piece of the world's biggest consumer market.

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