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June 1, 2017, 6:40 PM

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Kevin Kelleher / VentureBeat:
As Musk pulls out of advisory councils, Microsoft, Google, and Salesforce decry Trump's decision to withdraw US from Paris accord  —  ANALYSIS:  —  President Trump announced he will withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, a move that will weaken efforts to fight climate change …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Microsoft redesigns Skype, adding Stories-like feature called Highlights and expanded set of bot and chat add-ins, available on Android today, iOS in a month  —  Microsoft today is launching a completely revamped version of its Skype application, with a new set of features that draw obvious inspiration …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple says it has paid developers over $70B since the App Store launched in 2008, and that downloads are up 70% YoY  —  Ahead of its developer conference next week, Apple has announced that all-time earnings from App Store developers have topped $70 billion.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Plex launches Live TV and DVR for all Plex Pass subscribers, supports all free-to-air broadcast channels  —  Plex is doubling down on its support for capturing over-the-air signals from digital antennas this morning, with the announcement that it will now not only let users record TV programs, it will also allow them to watch live TV.
George Slefo / Ad Age:
Google says it will preinstall an ad filter in Chrome starting early 2018 aimed at ads deemed “annoying” by the Coalition for Better Ads  —  Google's Chrome browser will soon come with preinstalled technology that will block the most annoying ads currently marring the web experience, the company confirmed on Thursday.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Apple updates Swift Playgrounds education programming app with support for robots and drones, partnering with Lego, Sphero, Parrot, rolling out June 5  —  With support for LEGO, Sphero, and Parrot  —  Apple today announced that its education programming iPad app, Swift Playgrounds, will soon support robots and drones.
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
In a departure from previous denials, Putin says “patriotically minded” private Russian hackers could have been involved in US election cyberattacks  —  MOSCOW — Shifting from his previous blanket denials, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia said on Thursday that …
Brett Williams / Mashable:
Amazon Alexa adds support for reminders and named timers, rolling out in the US today, UK and Germany in the next few weeks  —  Alexa is getting some new skills that will finally help you keep track of all of your responsibilities during the day.  —  Amazon just announced its AI assistant Alexa …

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