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June 10, 2019, 8:45 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says its next high-end Xbox console, codenamed Project Scarlett, is coming Fall 2020 and will support 8K gaming, be 4X as powerful as the Xbox One X  —  Project Scarlett arrives in fall 2020  —  Microsoft is revealing the first details about its next-generation Xbox hardware today.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft's xCloud console streaming service to let users stream their Xbox One library, including Xbox Game Pass, to many platforms; preview coming in October  —  Microsoft has been teasing its project xCloud game streaming service since October, and we're now starting to hear more details on how it will work.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft launches Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which gives access to PC and Xbox games for $15/month and includes Xbox Live Gold  —  Xbox Live Gold is also included in the subscription  —  Microsoft first unveiled its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription earlier this year, with access to Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass games.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Microsoft acquires Psychonauts-maker Double Fine Productions, demos a trailer for Psychonauts 2 which is coming to Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One, and PC  —  As it did last year, Microsoft used its Xbox E3 keynote to announce its moves in bulking up its in-house gaming content.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Salesforce is buying data visualization company Tableau for $15.7B in all-stock deal  —  On the heels of Google buying analytics startup Looker last week for $2.6 billion, Salesforce today announced a huge piece of news in a bid to step up its own work in data visualization and (more generally) …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
UK-based Privitar, which provides data privacy software for large organizations including HSBC and UK's NHS, raises $40M Series B led by Accel  —  Privitar, a software startup that helps enterprises and other organizations engineer privacy protection into their various data projects …
Matt Simon / Wired:
Inside an Amazon sorting facility, where humans work alongside mobile robots, known as drives, fueling Amazon's push toward widespread same-day delivery  —  THEY CALL ME the Master of Robots—or at least they should.  I grab a flat package, hold its barcode under a red laser dot, and place it on a small orange robot.
Joe Otterson / Variety:
Quibi to launch on April 6 2020 with a $7.99/mo ad-free tier and a $4.99/mo tier with pre-roll ads, will pay costs plus 20% for up to $6M/hour to show creators  —  Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman offered an in-depth look at their new short-form video service during …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is preparing to buy self-driving car startup Drive.ai in a likely acquihire; Drive.ai has raised about $77M and was valued at about $200M in 2017  —  Apple Inc. is preparing to buy startup Drive.ai in a small deal that will bring more engineers with experience …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Election Systems & Software says it “will no longer sell” paperless voting machines as the primary device for casting ballots, amid election security concerns  —  Voting machine maker ES&S has said it “will no longer sell” paperless voting machines as the primary device for casting ballots in a jurisdiction.

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