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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft Research video shows off sensing tech that reacts to fingers before they touch the screen  —  Microsoft's hover gestures for Windows phones are magnificent  —  Microsoft had been planning to introduce a unique 3D Touch feature with a flagship Windows phone back in 2014.

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Alyssa Abkowitz / Wall Street Journal: Alibaba announces net income of $826M, up 85% YoY but missing expectations, on revenue of $3.72B, up 39% YoY  —  Alibaba Seeks Patience From Investors on Its Newer Initiatives  —  E-commerce firm's profit rises 85%, but misses analysts' expectations; revenue soars 39%

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft no longer allows administrators to block Windows Store access in Windows 10 Pro  —  Microsoft has retroactively removed the ability of companies to turn off access to the Windows Store in its Windows 10 Pro version.  —  Microsoft is no longer allowing administrators to block Windows 10 Pro users' access to the Windows Store.

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Wall Street Journal: GM, Lyft to begin testing fleet of self-driving electric taxis on public roads within a year  —  GM, Lyft to Test Self-Driving Electric Taxis  —  Move aimed at fighting off Silicon Valley giants amid a reshaping auto industry  —  General Motors Co. and Lyft Inc. will begin testing a fleet …

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Eddy Wu / Netflix Media Center: Netflix adds cellular data usage setting on iOS and Android that lets users restrict bitrates to help avoid exceeding data caps  —  Netflix Introduces New Cellular Data Controls Globally  —  As we have launched Netflix around the world, we have seen big differences in how much people …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Periscope public beta allows users to permanently save broadcasts by typing #save in title of stream  —  Periscope mimics FB Live by letting you permanently #Save replays  —  Periscope added its biggest missing feature today in a move that could make it more palatable to brands and social stars …

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CNET: LG 360 VR review: compact, light, comfortable to wear, but lack of immersion makes for a bad experience  —  LG 360 VR review: LG's first VR headset is virtually unusable  —  The 360 VR does actually work in a very similar way to Samsung's Gear VR.  It uses the processing power of the LG G5 to run the virtual experiences.

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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch: London-based fashion startup Farfetch raises $110M Series F round to invest in its marketplace and white label platform  —  Farfetch grabs another $110 million for its fashion marketplace  —  Farfetch is growing like crazy as the company just secured $110 million.

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Yusuf Mehdi / Windows Blog: Windows 10 now on 300M active devices, free upgrade to end July 29th, full version of Windows 10 Home to cost $119  —  Windows 10 Now on 300 Million Active Devices - Free Upgrade Offer to End Soon … We're pleased to see Windows 10 become one of the largest online services in less than a year.

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Joe Rossignol / MacRumors: iOS and Mac App Store experiencing widespread search issues, with major apps missing in results  —  App Store and iTunes Experiencing Widespread Search Issues  —  A significant number of users on Reddit and Twitter, corroborated by multiple tips we have received, are affected …

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BBC: Craig Wright backs out of promise to provide more proof, says he lacks the courage to face allegations  —  Bitcoin ‘creator’ backs out of coin move ‘proof’  —  The entrepreneur who has claimed to be the inventor of Bitcoin has reneged on a promise to present new “proof” to support his case.

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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed: Google's training AI with formulaic romance novels to help it become more conversational; uses could include more natural search and email Smart Reply responses  —  Google Is Feeding Romance Novels To Its Artificial Intelligence Engine To Make Its Products More Conversational  —  “Her blouse sprang apart.

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Ron Miller / TechCrunch: Pivotal scores $253 million Series C led by Ford on hefty $2.8 billion valuation  —  Pivotal has a couple of new friends with big wallets.  Today it announced that Ford and Microsoft were joining EMC, VMware and GE as investment partners on a massive $253 million Series C investment with a whopping $2.8 billion valuation.

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Los Angeles Times: LAPD successfully hacked into the locked iPhone 5s of “Shield” actor, while it said it could not access 5c  —  LAPD hacked into iPhone of slain wife of ‘Shield’ actor, documents show  —  Actor Michael Jace is flanked by his attorneys Peter L. Carr IV, left …

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Fox News: Romanian hacker Marcel Lehel Lazar known as “Guccifer” claims he breached Hillary Clinton's personal email server in 2013  —  Romanian hacker Guccifer: I breached Clinton server, ‘it was easy’  —  EXCLUSIVE: The infamous Romanian hacker known as “Guccifer,” speaking exclusively with Fox News …

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac: Apple will require iOS App Store apps to support IPv6-only networks from June 1  —  Apple has announced on its developer blog that it will require all apps submitted to the iOS App Store to support IPv6-only networks from June 1 2016.  Apple originally introduced the transition a year ago at WWDC 2015 …

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Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg: Uber announces global advisory board with members including Neelie Kroes and former prime minister of Peru; compensation will be equity  —  Uber Names Former EU Vice President Kroes to New Advisory Board  —  Uber Technologies Inc. announced an eight-member public policy advisory board Wednesday …

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Dan Primack / Fortune: Inside the acrimonious breakdown of Xfund, the early-stage VC firm with ties to Harvard University  —  Harvard-Linked VC Fund Goes Up in Smoke and Acrimony  —  When venture capital firms implode, it usually happens quietly.  Once all the lawyers and mediators and PR pros are done, the mess is cleaned up for public consumption.

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Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post: Profile of AI assistant Viv, which sources say has received acquisition bids from Google and Facebook, ahead of its public demo Monday  —  Siri's creators say they've made something better that will take care of everything for you  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — In an ordinary conference room …

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Wall Street Journal: AT&T ends 15-year hosting deal with Yahoo, estimated to bring in $100M revenue per year for Yahoo, awards contract to Synacor  —  AT&T Unwinds 15-Year Web Alliance With Yahoo  —  Companies had split ad revenue from AT&T site  —  AT&T Inc. is unwinding a 15-year partnership with Yahoo Inc …

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Brett Molina / USA Today: Zynga reports Q1 revenue of $187M, beating estimates of $162M; bookings of $182M, up 8% YoY; stock up over 14% after hours  —  Zynga's Q1 results tops forecasts  —  Zynga topped Wall Street forecasts Wednesday with its first-quarter financial results, the first under new CEO Frank Gibeau.

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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch: DeepMind gets data-sharing deal with UK's NHS, which treats 1.6M patients annually, for insights on acute kidney injury, amid concerns over privileged access  —  Concerns raised over broad scope of DeepMind-NHS health data-sharing deal  —  Concerns have been raised about the scope …

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Akin Oyedele / Business Insider: Fitbit beats estimates with Q1 revenue of $505M, up from $336.8M last year, but issues weak guidance for the current quarter; stock down over 11% after hours  —  Fitbit is getting destroyed  —  Fitbit shares fell as much as 11% in after-hours trading after the maker of smart wearables reported first-quarter results.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Instagram testing business profiles that feature a contact button, directions, and more  —  Instagram Business Profiles to feature ‘Contact’ buttons, directions and more  —  Instagram had confirmed earlier this year that it was developing business profiles - basically, the Instagram equivalent to a Facebook Brand Page.

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The Intercept: The number of warrantless searches on Americans by NSA and CIA jump to 4,672 in 2015, up from about 2,100 in 2013; USA Freedom Act exempts FBI from disclosing  —  NSA and CIA Double Their Warrantless Searches on Americans in Two Years  —  FROM 2013 to 2015, the NSA and CIA doubled the number …

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