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May 6, 2019, 8:30 PM

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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.
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:
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.
Chris Hoffman / How-To Geek:
Microsoft debuts WSL 2, featuring “dramatic” performance increases, support for Docker, and shipping with a Linux kernel, to be updated through Windows Update  —  Microsoft today announced Windows Subsystem for Linux version 2—that's WSL 2.  It will feature “dramatic file system …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Washington Post:
Alexa keeps recordings of conversations triggered by its wake word but doesn't allow a user to opt out of the collecting of recordings, unlike Google Assistant  —  When Alexa runs your home, Amazon tracks you in more ways than you might want.  —  Would you let a stranger eavesdrop in your home and keep the recordings?
@twittereng:
Starting today Twitter lets you add images, GIFs, and videos to quote tweets  —  Exciting news: Today we are launching the ability to Retweet with GIF, photos, and video! We find solutions to many challenges as we build for a global, vocal audience. Here is a glimpse into our process as we worked on this feature. https://twitter.com/...
Vice:
More than 100 Riot Games employees walked out on Monday to protest the company's use of forced arbitration to settle sexual harassment lawsuits  —  ‘League of Legends’ developers walkout to protest the company's use of forced arbitration to settle sexual harassment lawsuits.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook updates its video guidelines to promote original content, loyal and engaged viewership  —  Facebook today announced a series of changes to the way it ranks videos on its social network, which determines how widely they're distributed.  According to the updated guidelines …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Bipartisan letter from two senators urges FTC to swiftly conclude its probe of Facebook, says $3-5B would be a “bargain” and calls for penalties of executives  —  Two top Senate lawmakers on Monday expressed frustration with a federal probe into Facebook's privacy practices …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Word Online is getting a new feature called Ideas, an AI-powered editor that suggests ways to make your writing more concise and readable  —  If you write in Microsoft Word Online, you'll soon have an AI-powered editor at your side.  As the company announced today …

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