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May 31, 2018, 1:10 PM

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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” …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says that the company is in discussions to have Waymo self-driving cars added to its network  —  “It's up to them.”  —  Speaking today at the Code Conference, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says that his company is in “discussions” to have Waymo self-driving cars added to its network.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
What to expect at Apple's WWDC next week: focus on digital health, ARKit 2.0, small changes to iOS, deeper Mac-iOS integration, and no Mac or iPad hardware  —  - Company will outline software roadmap for the next year  — Tech giant to more tightly integrate Mac, iPhone software
Dan Primack / Axios:
SoftBank Vision Fund will invest $2.25B into GM's Cruise self-driving program, with plans to commercialize such vehicles next year  —  General Motors on Thursday announced that SoftBank Vision Fund will invest $2.25 billion into its self-driving program, with plans to commercialize such vehicles next year.
Megan Farokhmanesh / The Verge:
Pew Research study of US teen internet usage finds 85% say they use YouTube, 72% use Instagram, 69% use Snapchat, while only 51% say they use Facebook  —  And Facebook continues to fall, according to Pew Research Center  —  Teenagers are more interested than ever in YouTube, home to the world's growing influencer and vlogger base.
Swapna Krishna / Engadget:
Nonprofit USB Implementers Forum announces a new standard for Braille displays developed in cooperation with Microsoft, Apple, and others  —  Accessibility is an increasingly important issue when it comes to tech; while new technology can certainly make it easier for people with accessibility issues …
Bradley Chambers / 9to5Mac:
Telegram CEO Pavel Durov says Apple has been rejecting its app updates globally since Russia banned Telegram in April  —  The popular messaging app, Telegram, hasn't seen an App Store update since late March.  It now appears that ever since Russian authorities ruled that the app was illegal in the country …
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Xiaomi announces 6.21-inch Mi 8 Explorer Edition flagship with Snapdragon 845, 6GB RAM, 3D face scanner, transparent back, and dual-frequency GPS for ~$420  —  Xiaomi may have already released the Mi Mix 2S earlier this year, but it's actually kept its true 2018 flagship, the Mi 8 …
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:
Toronto-based smart thermostat maker Ecobee adds additional $36M to its Series C round, bringing total funding for the round to $98M  —  - Ecobee, a Toronto-based smart thermostat company, has raised $47 million CAD (about $36 million USD) in funding, bringing its Series C round to about $127 million CAD total.
More: Business Wire and CNET
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
Shoko Oda / Bloomberg:
Profile of NewsDigest, a popular news app in Japan, which employs no journalists and uses AI and social media monitoring to generate stories and spot fake news  —  - Japan millennial made newsroom using artificial intelligence  — NewsDigest is one of most popular news apps in Japan
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
French startup Klaxoon, which builds SaaS tools to aid office efficiency and says it has 1M MAUs, raises $50M Series B led by Idinvest Partners  —  Klaxoon today announced a $50 million round of funding, which the French company hopes will allow it to capitalize on the rapid word-of-mouth growth it has seen over the past two years.
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Trilogy Education, which wants to build a bootcamp program for universities focused on teaching tech-related skills, raises $50M Series B  —  While coding bootcamps may be in the middle of a shakeout, technology companies around the world are still going to be struggling to fill slots …
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.
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Pinterest says it will make it possible for advertisers to show promoted videos that take up the width of the screen  —  Pinterest is continuing its push into video as a potential avenue for advertisers by today saying that it will offer advertisers a promoted video tool that takes up the width of the entire screen.
Shirin Ghaffary / Recode:
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky says experience economy will be a “massive business”, envisions a global travel community with lines of business beyond home rentals  —  Chesky's vision?  To be a “global travel community.”  —  Most people think of Airbnb as a real estate rental business …
More: Axios, Fortune, and CNET

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