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May 21, 2018, 3:50 PM

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Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:
Epic Games, maker of popular Fortnite, commits $100M over next 12 months to prize pools for the game's competitions, dwarfing other games' esports prize money  —  Epic Games had $100 million burning a hole in its proverbial pocket, and the company has decided to use that cash to begin building …
Sara Salinas / CNBC:
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urges DOJ to review monopolies in tech after a 60 Minutes segment about Google's monopoly in search  —  - Mnuchin acknowledged that antitrust matters don't fall under his jurisdiction, but said someone ought to be looking.  — His comments come on the heels of a …
David Ku / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft acquires Berkeley-based conversational AI startup Semantic Machines  —  AI researchers have made great strides in recent years, but we are still at the beginning of teaching computers to understand the full context of human communication.  Most of today's bots and intelligent assistants respond …
Mark Scott / Politico:
European Parliament President says Mark Zuckerberg's meeting with MEPs on Tuesday will be livestreamed  —  Turnaround comes after plans for a closed-door meeting with the Facebook chief and select MEPs prompted widespread criticism.  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's meeting with MEPs …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Barack and Michelle Obama sign multiyear deal with Netflix to produce TV shows and films for the streaming service, from scripted series to documentaries  —  WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama formally announced on Monday a multiyear production deal with Netflix in which he and the former …
Cory Weinberg / The Information:
Sources: Lyft consultants approached San Francisco officials about applying for permits for an e-scooter service  —  Lyft plans to seek permits to run an electric scooter service in San Francisco, The Information has learned.  It is the clearest sign yet that the No. 2 ride-hailing firm plans …
David McCabe / Axios:
Progressive groups including Demand Progress to launch a “six-figure” ad offensive telling FTC to break off Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger from Facebook  —  A collection of progressive groups will launch a six figure digital ad offensive Monday telling the Federal Trade Commission …
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
Amazon debuts Marketplace Appstore, to provide 3rd-party tools for pricing, inventory, and advertising to professional sellers, rolling out in North America  —  Amazon is creating another app store, but it's not for consumers.  —  Instead, the online retail giant will for the first time put …
Richard Lai / Engadget:
OnePlus 6 review: great value, smooth interface, solid battery life, and vastly improved camera, but no wireless charging or microSD expansion  —  I still remember that day, more than four years ago, when OnePlus came out of nowhere with its promise “to spare no expense” to bring us “the perfect smartphone.”
Chris Bing / Cyberscoop:
Inside Project Indigo, the quiet info-sharing program between banks and US Cyber Command that helps the government respond quickly to online attacks  —  A secret information sharing agreement between the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) …
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