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May 23, 2017, 11:05 AM

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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.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Instagram launches location- and hashtag-themed Stories, like Snapchat, except with software algorithms instead of human curators  —  Instagram will now compile Stories around hashtags and locations.  —  Instagram is adding another new Snapchat feature — and another new place where it can (eventually) show ads to users.
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Apple and Nokia settle patent dispute with Nokia receiving patent royalties from Apple; Apple will resume selling Nokia health products  —  Nokia and Apple announced today that they have settled all litigation related to their intellectual property dispute and agreed a multi-year patent license.
Symantec Connect Community:
WannaCry ransomware attacks show strong links to Lazarus, the hacking group that was linked to Sony Pictures and Bangladesh central bank hacks  —  Similarities in code and infrastructure indicate close connection to group that was linked to Sony Pictures and Bangladesh Bank attacks.
Blair Hanley Frank / VentureBeat:
Amazon confirms Java creator James Gosling will join AWS  —  Amazon Web Services has added another computer science heavyweight to its employee roster.  James Gosling, often referred to as the “Father of Java,” announced on Facebook Monday that he would be joining the cloud provider as a distinguished engineer.
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Todd Haselton / CNBC:
Sources: LeEco planning massive layoffs in US as soon as this week, with one source saying the company will keep only 60 of its 500+ employees  —  LeEco, a Chinese company that made a big splash in the U.S. last fall, is preparing for a round of layoffs that may happen as soon as Tuesday, according to sources.
Thomas Page / CNN:
Dubai to introduce fleet of robots with face scanning-tech to its police force May 24; citizens can ask them questions, report crimes, and pay fines  —  Writer Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics are a fictional creation with real-world value:  — A robot may not injure a human being or …
Monika Bickert / The Guardian:
In response to leak of its content moderation guidelines, Facebook tries to explain “how and where we draw the line”  —  Our reviewing of difficult posts and images is complex and challenging.  We appreciate the Guardian revealing how tough it is to get the balance right
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
CDN provider Fastly, used by sites like The New York Times and Pinterest, raises $50M led by Sorenson Capital, bringing its total funding to $180M  —  Content delivery company Fastly has raised $50 million in financing to expand its footprint as a corporate supplier of speedy application, website, and web service delivery.

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Microsoft:
Helping a groundswell of citizen scientists aid the environment  —  See how Microsoft's AI for Earth program is partnering with iNaturalist to help amateur and expert scientists share data.
eero:
eero: your first line of defense against security breaches.  —  Thanks to our automatic and regular software updates as well as a number of other security measures built into our devices and software …
Mozilla:
Facebook Container Extension: Take control of how you're being tracked  —  Our Multi-Account Containers extension has been a game changer for many users, letting them manage various parts of their online life without intermingling their accounts.
Zoho:
Announcing Zoho Mail Desktop Lite Client  —  Get the best of both worlds.  —  There are times when you can't afford distractions while communicating over email.  This is especially true in the case of business emails …

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