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May 30, 2017, 1:20 PM

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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Intel unveils Core X-series of high-end processors, with up to 18 cores and 36 threads, available “in the coming weeks” for $242 to $2,000  —  The new X299 platform replaces X99, and scales both lower and higher.  —  AMD announced its new high-end desktop (HEDT) platform …
Thomas Ricker / The Verge:
Essential Home announced as a privacy-focused Amazon Echo competitor, to have a round “auto-display” and be less cloud dependent, reportedly coming late summer  —  ‘An entirely new type of product’  —  Essential Home is the new intelligent assistant with round “auto-display” just announced by Andy Rubin's new venture.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Andy Rubin's Essential debuts phone with 5.71" edge-to-edge display, Snapdragon 835, dual camera, 3,040mAh battery, no 3.5mm jack; preorders open today for $699  —  Another stab at making phones modular  —  The Essential Phone, brought to us by the person who created Android, is finally ready for the spotlight.
Kbeneven / Check Point Blog:
Researchers find 41 apps from a single developer with several million downloads that fraudulently click on ads, now removed from Play Store  —  Check Point researchers discovered another widespread malware campaign on Google Play, Google's official app store.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
ASUS' Tango-powered ZenFone AR, which will also support Daydream, to hit US as soon as end of June; about 50 Tango AR apps currently run stably on the device  —  We already knew from Google I/O that ASUS' ZenFone AR, the second-ever Tango phone (and the first to also support Daydream) …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Sharon Silke Carty / Automotive News:
Sources shed light on how the talks about partnership between Ford and Google on autonomous car technology fell apart under former Ford CEO Mark Fields  —  At the end of 2015, it looked like Ford's then-CEO Mark Fields was going to score a big win: a partnership with Google to develop autonomous vehicles.
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Sayan Chakraborty / Livemint:
Indian food delivery startup Swiggy raises $80M Series E led by Naspers  —  Swiggy plans to make significant investments in technology, including automation, data sciences, machine learning and personalisation  —  Bengaluru: Online food delivery start-up Swiggy (Bundl Technologies Pvt. Ltd) …
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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