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June 1, 2017, 4:25 PM

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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.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Elon Musk is leaving Trump advisory councils following Paris agreement withdrawal, says “Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world”  —  Elon Musk is making good on his promise to leave President Trump's White House advisory councils, he said today on Twitter.
Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Bloomberg:
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.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Motorola unveils midrange $499 Z2 Play with 5.5" 1080p display, Snapdragon 626, 3-4GB RAM, 12MP camera, 3,000mAh battery, and new Moto Mods including GamePad  —  More battery mods and a game controller are coming this summer  —  Motorola has announced the Moto Z2 Play, a successor to last year's sleeper hit Moto Z Play.
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 …
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Uber says Q1 revenue was $3.4B, up 18% from last quarter, loss was $708M, down from $991M; head of finance Gautam Gupta to leave July  —  Uber said its head of finance is leaving as the ride-hailing company reported continued big losses despite growing revenue, adding to an exodus …
Pinboard:
Pinboard has acquired bookmarking service Delicious, will put the service into read-only mode June 15  —  Pinboard has acquired Delicious.  Here's what you need to know: If you're a Pinboard user, nothing will change.  Sad!  If you're a Delicious user, you will have to find another place to save your bookmarks.
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.

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eero:
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