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June 13, 2018, 2:40 PM

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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter will soon begin curating dedicated pages for events, with tweets, videos, and more, that will be promoted across notifications, Explore tab, and more  —  Twitter wants to create more of those experiences where it seems like everyone is following the same thing together.
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Researchers say campaign of price manipulation using Tether via Bitfinex may have accounted for at least half of the increase in the price of Bitcoin last year  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A concentrated campaign of price manipulation may have accounted for at least half of the increase in the price …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft announces a redesign for its Office suite, including desktop apps and Office.com, rolling out over the coming months  —  A simplified ribbon leads the way for a billion users  —  Microsoft is bringing its Fluent Design system from Windows 10 over to its Office apps to simplify them for the billion people that use Office.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Roundup of what to expect from upcoming Microsoft hardware: heavily redesigned Surface Pro 6 in mid-2019, updated budget Surface later this year, and more  —  A bunch of new Microsoft hardware codenames and information are circulating.  Here's what could be in the works and when new devices may arrive.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Epic Games says Fortnite now has 125M registered players under a year after launch; last week, Epic investor Tencent said 40M play the game once a month or more  —  That's a lot  —  Developer Epic Games announced today that Fortnite has grown to 125 million registered players in less than a year.
Gordon Mah Ung / PCWorld:
Intel has confirmed that its first discrete GPUs are coming as soon as 2020 for data center and gaming PCs  —  Intel wants to compete with AMD's Radeon and Nvidia's GeForce products  —  Intel has officially confirmed that its first discrete graphics chip will land as soon as 2020.
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:
Sources detail how Amazon is using AI to make crucial decisions, such as choosing inventory and managing retail operations, replacing white-collar workers  —  Amazon.com Inc. has long used robots to help humans move merchandise around its warehouses.  Now automation is transforming Amazon's white-collar workforce, too.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Sweden's Truecaller acquires Indian mobile payments startup Chillr, which had raised $7.5M from Sequoia Capital and Blume Ventures  —  Sweden's Truecaller started out life as a service that screens calls and messages to weed out spammers.  In recent times the company has switched its focus to India …
Andrew Wong / CNBC:
Toyota says it will invest $1B in Southeast Asian ride-hailing service Grab, and a Toyota executive will be appointed to Grab's board of directors  —  Japan's Toyota Motor will invest $1 billion into Southeast Asian ride-sharing app Grab, the Singapore-based company said Wednesday.
Jason Guerrasio / Business Insider:
MoviePass says it surpassed 3M subscribers and expects to hit 5M by the end of the year as growth slows  —  - MoviePass announced it has passed the 3 million paid subscribers mark.  — However, growth for the movie ticket subscription service is slowing.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Musical.ly to pull its standalone live streaming app Live.ly, launched in 2016, and roll its features into the main app  —  Musical.ly is merging the functionality from its two-year old live streaming platform Live.ly into its main app, and has disabled Live.ly's standalone app as part of the transition process.
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