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May 6, 2019, 1:40 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Interviews with Microsoft executives shed light on the company's decision to rebuild its Edge browser with Google's Chromium, after Edge's flaws became clear  —  Microsoft's Edge web browser, released in 2015, hadn't made much progress by the summer of 2017.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
IntelliCode, Microsoft's tool for AI-assisted coding that was trained on GitHub projects with 100+ stars, is now generally available  —  IntelliCode, Microsoft's tool for AI-assisted coding, is now generally available.  It supports C# and XAML in Visual Studio and Java, JavaScript, TypeScript and Python in Visual Studio Code.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Microsoft announces Fluid Framework, a new web-based modular platform for document creation, available to developers later this year  —  Today marks the start of Build, Microsoft's annual developer conference, and this morning's keynote address was predictably newsy.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft announces a slew of offerings for developers including Windows Terminal, available in preview, XAML Islands, and React Native for Windows  —  At its Build 2019 developers conference today, Microsoft announced a slew of offerings for Windows developers, including Windows Terminal …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says its Chromium-based Edge browser will have an IE mode, privacy tools, and Collections when it launches  —  New privacy and collections features are coming to Edge  —  Microsoft is unveiling a number of new features for its upcoming Edge Chromium browser today.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Microsoft announces ElectionGuard, an open source platform for securely handling voting data, available this summer with a pilot during the 2020 elections  —  When it comes to voting, we've come a long way from dropping pebbles into an amphora, but still not nearly far enough …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft debuts private preview of Visual Studio Online, an online code editor based on Visual Studio Code that supports existing extensions, IntelliCode, more  —  Microsoft today announced the private preview launch of Visual Studio Online, an online code editor the company is positioning …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: at WWDC, Apple will unveil iOS 13 with updated Maps, Reminders, and Messages apps, watchOS 6 with Calculator, Voice Memos, App Store, and more  —  Apple Inc. is planning to unleash a slew of new apps, features and development tools at its annual software conference next month.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Tim Cook says Apple buys a company every two to three weeks on average and has acquired about 20 to 25 companies in the past six months  —  KEY POINTS  — In an interview with CNBC's Becky Quck, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company has acquired approximately 20 to 25 companies in the past six months.
Munsif Vengattil / Reuters:
Sources detail Facebook's efforts to label photos, private posts, more to improve its AI, employing hundreds in Hyderabad, India, alone, raising privacy issues  —  HYDERABAD, India/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Over the past year, a team of as many as 260 contract workers in Hyderabad …
Rochelle Toplensky / Financial Times:
Sources: after considering Spotify's complaint about App Store fees, the EU has decided to launch an antitrust probe into Apple's conduct  —  The EU will launch a formal antitrust investigation into Apple in the next few weeks after Spotify accused the iPhone maker of “tilting the playing field to disadvantage competitors”.
Adam Satariano / New York Times:
Facebook says it has opened a “war room” in Dublin to monitor EU elections, ahead of voting later in May, with about 40 employees  —  The social network took the wraps off a special operations center in Dublin ahead of this month's European Union voting.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
A look at Microsoft's efforts at using AI to improve accessibility, a year after launching its AI for Accessibility initiative  —  The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is more than double that of those without, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.

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