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Russell Brandom / The Verge: Biometric Exit project, which aims to face scan all visa holders as they depart the US, gets fast-tracked by the Trump administration to expand this summer  —  New Biometric Exit system would track visa holders' faces as they leave the country  —  Soon, it may be hard for visa holders …

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Andrew Dalton / Engadget: Microsoft now lets users use phone authentication instead of passwords to access accounts  —  Microsoft's Authenticator app can now save you a step when logging into anything that requires a Microsoft Account.  According to a blog post from the company's identity division …

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John Callaham / Android Authority: Google's Cloud Speech API, which recognizes over 80 languages and variants, comes out of beta, is now available to all developers  —  The same tools that handle the speech recognition features in Google Assistant can now be used by a larger audience.  The Google Cloud Speech API …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft tests power throttling background apps in pre-RTM build of Windows 10 to save up to 11% battery life, currently only for Skylake and Kaby Lake systems  —  Microsoft is planning to throttle the amount of power that background apps can use to improve battery life in Windows 10.

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Facebook has reimplemented its React and Relay JavaScript frameworks, now called React Fiber and Relay Modern, with a focus on performance and extensibility  —  Facebook has completely rewritten React, its popular JavaScript library for building user interfaces.

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Serdar Yegulalp / InfoWorld: Docker unveils LinuxKit, a containerized kit for assembling custom Linux distributions, and the Moby Project for building customized container systems  —  LinuxKit provides tools for creating container-centric Linux distros, and the Moby Project helps integrate container elements Docker has released to the community

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Pasquale Anatriello / Facebook Code: Facebook open sources Litho, a declarative framework for building efficient UIs on Android  —  One challenge in Android development is achieving smooth UI performance.  Developers can spend a lot of time optimizing, squeezing out every bit of speed from their UI code, and yet still experience lag …

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Oracle: Oracle acquires analytics firm Moat, will keep it as an independent platform within Oracle Data Cloud  —  Creates the World's Most Comprehensive Cloud Platform for Marketing Data and Analytics  —  Oracle today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Moat, the fastest-growing digital measurement cloud company.

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Facebook launches React VR, its JavaScript framework for building basic VR apps  —  At its F8 developer conference, Facebook today announced the launch of React VR, a new JavaScript framework that lets developers build virtual reality experiences with the help of JavaScript.

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Narottam Medhora / Reuters: IBM misses with revenue of $18.2B, down 2.8% YoY, as demand for legacy products stagnates; revenue from cloud services, security software, data analytics up 12%  —  International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N) reported a bigger-than-expected drop in revenue for the first time in five quarters …

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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat: Yahoo beats expectations with $1.33B GAAP revenue in final quarter as an independent company, with Verizon sale “anticipated to complete in June”  —  Yahoo ($YHOO) reported its first quarter earnings on Tuesday, revealing that it generated $1.37 billion in revenue, a 26 percent increase …

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Google Maps for iOS now lets you retrace your steps with Timeline, which has been in Google Maps for Android since 2015  —  Google hasn't had a terrific record with building social networks, but its Timeline feature for Google Maps is actually surprisingly similar to a primary facet of most social products …

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Jason Del Rey / Recode: Sources: PetSmart is acquiring Chewy.com for $3.35B in the largest e-commerce acquisition ever  —  Bigger than Walmart's deal for Jet.com.  —  PetSmart has made the biggest e-commerce acquisition in history, snatching up fast-growing pet food and product site Chewy.com for $3.35 billion …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Spotify's artist dashboard exits beta, offering streaming insights, profile management, and more  —  In the battle to lure artists to its platform, Spotify has used exclusives, free advertising, the promise ofmore listeners, and open access to data artists care about, like number of fans and listens.

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Apple makes iMovie, GarageBand, and iWork apps for Mac and iOS free for all users; formerly they were free with the purchase of a new Mac or iOS device  —  Apple today updated several of its Mac and iOS apps, making them available for all Mac and iOS users for free.

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Napier Lopez / The Next Web: Spotify and Apple Music announce chat extensions for Facebook Messenger  —  “Music on Messenger is going to be a good thing this year,” said Facebook's David Marcus today at the company's F8 conference.  To that effect, Facebook is going to bake in Spotify - and Apple Music “very soon” - directly into Messenger.

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Steven Elia / Facebook Developers: Facebook updates its Graph API, introducing Places Graph, offering free information on 140M+ places worldwide, updated Video API, more  —  The Graph API serves an average of 1.2 trillion API requests per day and powers some of Facebook's most popular products including Messenger and Instagram.

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Facebook surpasses 800M monthly gamers, up 23% YoY, and announces updates to Instant Games, Gameroom, and Gaming Video  —  Facebook has provided updates on its progress with its major gaming initiatives: Instant Games, Gameroom, and Gaming Video.  That's all part of its vision to become …

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Tim Peterson / Marketing Land: Interview with David Marcus on making bots easier to find on Messenger, updates to M assistant, debut of Chat Extensions to help devs add in-chat functionality  —  ‘We have a shot at becoming the Yellow Pages of messaging apps,’ says Facebook's Messenger boss, David Marcus.

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Sean O'Neill / Skift: Peek acquires assets and hires team of rival tour and activities platform Zozi, which had raised over $44M  —  Peek and Zozi offer software to tours-and-activities merchants, whose market is estimated at more than $100 billion a year in sales to travelers and locals although it is a very fragmented market.

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Ron Miller / TechCrunch: Facebook announces bots for Workplace in both Messenger and Group chat, new integrations with Box, Microsoft, Quip, and expanded enterprise compliance  —  At the F8 conference today, Facebook announced a bunch of updates to its Workplace by Facebook team communications tool including a slew …

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BuzzFeed: Interview with Mark Zuckerberg, outlining his vision for smartphone camera-based AR experiences in everyday situations  —  Facebook's new augmented reality Camera Platform looks beyond Snapchat to a world where the digital and physical come together.  —  BuzzFeed News San Francisco Bureau Chief

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Lucas Matney / TechCrunch: Facebook debuts Spaces, its social VR platform that lets up to four users hang out in VR, available in beta for Oculus Rift, to expand to other VR platforms  —  More than three years after its acquisition of Oculus, Facebook is a product even more deeply intertwined with people's online identities.

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Katie Burke / Automotive News Automakers Feed: Uber loses VP of Global Vehicle Programs Sherif Marakby, who came to the company last April after a 25-year career at Ford  —  Sherif Marakby, vice president of global vehicle solutions at Uber, left his post at the ride-hailing company on Monday.  —  Marakby, who joined Uber in April 2016 …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook debuts Camera Effects developer platform: Frames Studio for simple picture effects, available now; AR Studio for creating masks, scene effects, in beta  —  Facebook will rely on an army of outside developers to contribute augmented reality image filters and interactive experiences to its new Camera Effects platform.

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