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May 21, 2018, 5:00 PM

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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.”

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