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June 27, 2018, 5:15 PM

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Richard Nieva / CNET:
Google opens its human-sounding Duplex AI to a small group of “trusted testers” and businesses that have opted in to receiving calls from Duplex  —  Google is moving ahead with Duplex, the stunningly human-sounding artificial intelligence software behind its new automated system …
Sridhar Ramaswamy / The Keyword:
Google rebrands AdWords as Google Ads, consolidates enterprise tools as Google Marketing Platform, and unifies publisher monetization tools as Google Ad Manager  —  We launched AdWords nearly 18 years ago with a simple goal—to make it easier for people to connect online with businesses.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Sources: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey dined with and consulted Ted Cruz, Mercedes Schlapp, Sean Hannity, and others to assuage complaints of liberal bias  —  Twitter and Facebook are scrambling to assuage conservative leaders who have sounded alarms — and sought to rile voters …
Shruthi Muraleedharan / Facebook:
Facebook adds a Keyword Snooze button to the News Feed which hides posts containing exact words or phrases for 30 days so users can avoid spoilers  —  Ever read a spoiler online before you've watched the last episode of the season?  Or maybe you waited years for a movie sequel only to have your favorite blogger reveal the ending?
The Information:
Sources: Snap to launch a platform later this year to let outside developers create games that can be played in Snapchat  —  In the past few months, Snap has been lightly dipping its toe into the waters of gaming.  Later this year, it's going to take the plunge.
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
Lyft has raised $600M in new funding led by existing investor Fidelity at a post-money valuation of $15.1B  —  Lyft has raised $600 million in new funding led by existing investor Fidelity at a valuation of $15.1 billion post-money, up from $11.7 billion at the previous round.
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon Wear 2500 Platform for kids' smartwatches with a quad-core A7 processor, 4G LTE, and 5MP camera  —  Qualcomm is betting more kids will soon be sporting smartwatches.  —  The San Diego chipmaker on Tuesday in Shanghai (Wednesday, China time) …
Mario Tomás Serrafero / XDA Developers:
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Microsoft launches Azure IoT Edge out of preview, to help users securely deploy Azure services, AI, and custom logic to IoT devices  —  Microsoft today announced a major update to Azure IoT Edge, its cloud solution for internet of things devices.  It's exiting preview and gaining support …
Antonio Villas-Boas / Business Insider:
Samsung sends out media invites for Unpacked event on August 9 in New York City where it is expected to announce Galaxy Note 9  —  Samsung sent out press invites on Wednesday for its Unpacked event on Thursday, August 9, when the company will most likely announce the successor to the Galaxy Note 8.
Mallory Locklear / Engadget:
Twitter adds support for login verification through physical USB security keys, such as YubiKey, as a part of two-factor authentication process  —  Twitter announced today that you can now use a USB security key, such as Yubikey, as part of the two-factor authentication process.

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