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May 29, 2017, 8:05 PM

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Sam Byford / The Verge:
ASUS launches 13.3-inch Zenbook Flip S convertible with 4K display and 11.5 hours of battery life starting at $1,099, and Zenbook Pro, Zenbook 3 Deluxe laptops  —  Asus just finished its Computex Taipei 2017 press conference, and in a surprising departure for the Taiwanese company, it was totally straightforward.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
ARM announces next-generation CPUs and GPUs focused on efficient machine learning; ARM Cortex-A75 is new flagship mobile chip, now with 22% better performance  —  ML plus AI, AR, and VR — ARM is taking on the full set of trendy initialisms  —  On the eve of Computex …
Daniel Oberhaus / Motherboard:
Study: after switching exclusively to HTTPS, Wikipedia saw fewer instances of government censorship  —  Harvard researchers found fewer instances of Wikipedia censorship after the site started encrypting all of its traffic.  —  “Knowledge is power,” as the old saying goes …
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How blockchain-based tokens will transform the financing of technology  —  Tokens are early today, but will transform technology tomorrow.  —  In 2014, we wrote that “Bitcoin is more than money, and more than a protocol.  It's a model and platform for true crowdfunding—open, distributed, and liquid all the way.”
Wall Street Journal:
NYSE seeks SEC approval to change rules regarding direct listings that will allow unicorns like Spotify to go public without raising money  —  The New York Stock Exchange is seeking to change its listing standards as it vies for Spotify AB and other hot startups that are considering an unusual tactic called a direct listing.
Chris Kirkham / Wall Street Journal:
Major hotel chains launch marketing campaigns to woo customers away from travel-booking sites, which take commissions of up to 30% for each reservation  —  Marriott, Hilton and InterContinental Hotels are using extensive marketing campaigns to claw back business from Expedia and Priceline …
Allison Schiff / AdExchanger:
Demandbase raises $65M Series H to boost AI capabilities of its targeted B2B marketing cloud service  —  Businesses spend around $40 billion a year on digital content marketing, and Demandbase, which announced a $65 million financing round on Thursday, is looking to cut itself a slice of the pie.
Bloomberg:
Sources: DirecTV Now lost 3K customers in February while growth in March was roughly flat  —  New subscribers to web-TV service have slowed in early 2017  —  AT&T CEO: We've ‘pulled back’ on marketing after fast start  —  AT&T Inc.'s live online video service, DirecTV Now …

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