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June 27, 2017, 3:05 AM

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Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Amazon Echo Show review: Alexa takes great advantage of the low-resolution touchscreen, speaker quality is better than Echo; device is a good value at $230  —  Siri may have ushered in the era of the digital assistant, but Amazon's Echo (with Alexa) really took that concept and put it in our homes.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Sprint enters into exclusive talks with Charter and Comcast on wireless deal, merger discussions with T-Mobile put on hold  —  Sprint has entered into exclusive talks with Charter Communications and Comcast, as the cable companies explore a deal that could bolster their plans …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple has acquired eye-tracking firm SensoMotoric Instruments, documents show  —  Apple has almost certainly acquired German computer vision company SensoMotoric Instruments, a provider of eye tracking glasses and systems, based on evidence compiled by MacRumors.
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Avis signs deal to manage the self-driving minivans of Alphabet's Waymo in Phoenix; Waymo CEO says Avis' Zipcar network was part of the partnership's appeal  —  Rental car firm will service Waymo vehicles in Phoenix  —  Zipcar owner could give Waymo much needed access to network
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Impressive first glimpses of simple ARKit apps, like a virtual measuring tape, suggest Apple is closer to delivering AR to masses than Google's Tango  —  Google's Tango is about the future whereas Apple's ARKit is about the present  —  Apple has often been accused of acting like it invented things …
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Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, YouTube form Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, building on EU Internet Forum, Shared Industry Hash Database initiatives  —  Today, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are announcing the formation of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism …
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Sources: Google faces EU antitrust fine, expected to top previous $1.2B record, as soon as Tuesday, for unfairly promoting its own shopping search service  —  EU has accused Google of unfairly promoting shopping search  —  Fine, expected to be a record, could be followed by others
Bloomberg:
Apple leases small fleet of cars from Hertz to test self-driving tech, according to documents from California's DMV; Hertz stock jumps 13%+  —  Apple Lexus SUVs leased from Hertz's Donlen, documents show  —  Alphabet's Waymo has signed a similar deal with Avis
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
iOS 11 preview, as its public beta goes live today: complexity added to features without sacrificing simplicity of iOS, but multitasking is still limited  —  As simple as possible, but no simpler  —  iOS 11 is the most ambitious software update from Apple in a very, very long time.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Veteran search marketing reporter Danny Sullivan steps back from chief content officer to advisor role at Search Engine Land, says he's undecided on what's next  —  After 21 years running sites about and covering digital and search marketing, it's time for a change.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Vimeo says it will not be launching the subscription video service it announced three years ago  —  Cross one off the list.  —  Everyone wants to sell internet video subscriptions.  Except Vimeo: IAC's video unit, which had announced three years ago that it wanted to launch …

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