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May 30, 2018, 8:40 PM

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Rani Molla / Recode:
Mary Meeker's annual internet trends: e-commerce sales grow, time online rises, and smartphone shipments stagnate as average selling price drops  —  Here's a first look at the most highly anticipated slide deck in Silicon Valley.  —  It's that time of year again, when Mary Meeker unloads …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Google's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL coming in fall, will keep single rear camera; Pixel 3 XL has two front cameras and near edge-to-edge display with notch  —  - Company is said to talk with Foxconn as potential manufacturer  — More predictive version of Android software coming next year
Saheli Roy Choudhury / CNBC:
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says the company is on track for a 2019 IPO; source says the company has not started interviewing banks  —  - Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told CNBC that the ride-hailing company is on track to go public in 2019.  — The company is in a “good position” …
More: Bloomberg
New York Times:
Inside the debate at Google about the company's cooperation with the military on AI, after contract for Defense Department's Project Maven became public  —  WASHINGTON — Fei-Fei Li is among the brightest stars in the burgeoning field of artificial intelligence, somehow managing to hold …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Amazon's Whole Foods expands 10% discount on some items for Prime members to 12 additional states including Colorado, Arkansas, Texas, and Northern California  —  Amazon today expanded its new 10 percent discounts on sale items and other special deals for Prime members at Whole Foods …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Hulu CEO says its internet pay-TV service Hulu With Live TV has signed up 800K subscribers since its launch over a year ago  —  Hulu, in a little over a year since launching its $40 monthly internet-streaming “skinny bundle,” has signed up 800,000 customers for the service, according to CEO Randy Freer.
More: Engadget, CNBC, and Deadline
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Evan Spiegel talks about Snapchat redesign, going public, and Facebook copying its key innovations at Code Conference  —  Snap's CEO weighs in on Facebook's long history of copying him  —  Evan Spiegel publicly addressed Facebook's longstanding practice of copying his company's products Tuesday …
Brady Dale / CoinDesk:
SEC filing: electronics maker Monster files for an ICO, aims to raise $300M, plans to sell “monster money tokens” to build an e-commerce site for its products  —  Monster Products, Inc. has been losing money for years, but a $300 million initial coin offering (ICO) may be what it takes to turn the company around.
More: Axios and SEC.gov
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Google's Project Fi adds support for three new handsets: LG G7 ThinQ, the newly announced LG V35 ThinQ, and Moto G6  —  More choices at last  —  Google announced today that Project Fi users will soon have a few more device choices.  Three new phones will work with Google's wireless service …
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
Advertisers use smartphone location info to send personal injury lawyer ads during and after ER visits, target Planned Parenthood visitors with pro-life ads  —  Patients sitting in emergency rooms, chiropractors, and pain clinics in the Philadelphia area may start noticing the kind …
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
HP Omen 15 laptop updated for better gaming with Nvidia Max-Q GPU and reduced screen bezel, to be released July 29 with prices starting at $979  —  HP made a comeback with its refreshed Omen gaming laptop line last year, and now the company is updating the model with the most ubiquitous size ahead of E3.
Patrick Howell O'Neill / Cyberscoop:
US district judge dismisses Kaspersky Lab lawsuits objecting to the ban on US government using its products  —  (Mikhail Deynekin/Wikicommons)  —  Two lawsuits filed by the Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab were dismissed Wednesday, ending the Moscow-based company's attempt to lift the U.S. government's ban on its products.
More: Engadget, Axios, CNET, and FedscoopThanks:@howelloneill
Katie Canales / Business Insider:
Microsoft surpassed Alphabet's market value for the first time in three years by about $10B on Tuesday  —  - Microsoft's market value was $753 billion at end of day Tuesday, surpassing Google's parent company Alphabet in valuation for the first time in three years.
Recode:
Full video and transcript of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and CTO Mike Schroepfer at Code, on Cambridge Analytica, fake accounts, regulation, a paid model, more  —  “To this day, we still don't actually know what data Cambridge Analytica had.” … Kara Swisher: I don't think we have to say much.
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
AWS' cloud graph database product Amazon Neptune is generally available in both US East regions, US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland), more coming later this year  —  After showing it off last year at AWS re:Invent 2017, Amazon Web Services announced Wednesday that its new cloud graph database …
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
GPU database developer SQream raises $26.4M Series B led by Alibaba Group, bringing total funding to ~$40M, as it deepens its focus on China  —  SQream, the GPU database developer, will deepen its focus on China after raising a $26.4 million Series B led by Alibaba Group.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zynga buys Turkey-based mobile game studio Gram Games for $250M in cash; its 77 employees will stay on and operate as an independent studio inside Zynga  —  Zynga has acquired 1010 mobile game maker Gram Games for $250 million in cash plus other considerations.

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