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May 23, 2017, 5:50 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils new Surface Pro with 13.5 hour battery life, Kaby Lake, optional 4G LTE; preorders open today starting at $799, ships June 15 in 26 countries  —  Available on June 15th starting at $799  —  Microsoft is launching a new Surface Pro today, and it's dropping its numbering scheme as a result.
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
China reportedly ordered livestreams blocked of Alpha Go defeating top Go player, China's Ke Jie, despite enormous interest within the country  —  HONG KONG — It isn't looking good for humanity.  —  The world's best player of what might be humankind's most complicated board game was defeated on Tuesday by a Google computer program.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Uber underpaid NYC drivers for past 2.5 years, is refunding them the difference plus interest, which may cost the firm upwards of $45M  —  The ride-hailing company says it is refunding the money after miscalculating its commissions  —  Uber Technologies Inc. on Tuesday said it mistakenly underpaid …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
LeEco says it's laying off 325 employees, or 70% of its US business' workforce, due to a lack of funding  —  Little-known LeEco cuts 70 percent of its US workforce as its lofty goals couldn't match the reality of a tough market.  —  It was a chilly January night in Las Vegas as Danny Bowman …
Eduard Kovacs / SecurityWeek:
Chaos Computer Club hackers say they have defeated Samsung Galaxy S8's iris recognition system using a fake iris  —  Hackers of the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) in Germany have managed to defeat the iris recognition system on Samsung's flagship Galaxy S8 smartphones.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple's head of worldwide HR, Denise Young Smith, to become VP for Inclusion and Diversity, reporting to Tim Cook; CFO Luca Maestri to temporarily fill HR role  —  Apple's head of Worldwide Human Resources Denise Young Smith will now run diversity programs for the company under a newly created VP position …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Huawei unveils the Matebook E, an update to the original Matebook, a more powerful 13" flagship X model, and 15" D model, all expected to ship this summer  —  The company also announced the MateBook E and MateBook D  —  The MateBook was Huawei's first shot at building a Windows 10 laptop …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Snapchat introduces custom Stories for capturing group moments with friends with the option to invite nearby users to join  —  A natural evolution  —  Snapchat today is rolling out custom Stories, a new form of Story designed to make sharing around big events easier.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils collaborative inking Whiteboard app for Windows 10 and adds many enhancements to inking experience in Office apps  —  Microsoft is unveiling a new Whiteboard app for Windows 10 today.  It's an app that's designed for the company's Surface devices, and provides two-way inking for Windows 10.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Pinterest adds dish recognition feature to Lens, reviews and ratings for recipes, and food filters within Search such as dietary preference and cook time  —  Pinterest is today launching a handful of new ways to find recipes using its Lens and Search tools.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Facebook debuts new group features for Live, including Live With, letting users stream side-by-side, and Live Chat with Friends private chatrooms  —  Facebook Live might be about bringing the entire community together around events, but sometimes you just want to know the reactions of your buddies.

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