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Abner Li / 9to5Google: Android's Awareness API lets developers build context aware apps that intelligently respond to situations  —  With Assistant, Google wants to build technology that is conversational and helpful.  Many of the company's services are being updated to be more useful and Google wants third-party apps to be the same.

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James Vincent / The Verge: The FAA has been testing the FBI's drone detection system at JFK airport  —  The Federal Aviation Authority is still looking for the best way to take down rogue drones.  The agency may have introduced new registration rules for quadcopters (signing up nearly 200,000 earlier this year) …

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Financial Times: EU to propose rule that video streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime have 20% EU content in catalog  —  Netflix and Amazon's video streaming services could be forced to devote “at least” 20 per cent of their catalogues to European films and TV shows as part of an overhaul of the EU's broadcasting rules.

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Joe Mullin / Ars Technica: Alphabet CEO Larry Page defended Android's use of Java APIs on the stand, saying they were “free and open”  —  “It was established industry practice,” says Page, as Oracle v. Google nears end.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Alphabet CEO Larry Page testified in federal court this morning …

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Nick Statt / The Verge: Apple's new SF flagship store introduces suite of changes that will come to future flagship stores including remodelling of “Genius Bar” as “Genius Grove”  —  In downtown San Francisco, situated across the street from the city's iconic Union Square Park …

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Wall Street Journal: Samsung and Alibaba announce that Samsung Pay will work with Alipay  —  South Korean smartphone giant is desperate to revive its position in the Chinese market  —  Samsung Electronics Co. agreed with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.'s financial-services affiliate to cooperate on mobile payments …

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Lauren Fedor / Financial Times: ARM buys computer vision specialist Apical for $350M to bolster its IoT initiative  —  UK chip designer Arm Holdings has bought imaging specialist Apical as the tech company shifts its focus away from smartphones and steps up its investments in new markets.

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Wall Street Journal: Sources: Verizon and others are expected to bid $2B to $3B for Yahoo's core business, less than $4B to $8B figure reported earlier  —  Most of previous bids for core business came in the range of $4 billion and $8 billion; bids are due first week of June  —  Verizon Communications Inc …

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David Wertime / Foreign Policy: Study: 488M, or 1 of every 178 posts, on China's social media each year come from pro-government propagandists  —  New research exposes a “massive secretive operation” to fill China's internet with propaganda.  —  They are the most hated group in Chinese cyberspace.

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Miguel Helft / Forbes: Google CEO Sundar Pichai confirms “Area 120” corporate incubator plans, says it is about “giving people a chance at 20% time more formally”  —  Google CEO Sundar Pichai confirmed to FORBES that the company is planning to set up a new corporate incubator dubbed “Area 120.”

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Russell Brandom / The Verge: California court certifies lawsuit against Facebook over private message scanning as a class action, but rules out any monetary damages  —  Facebook may have violated federal privacy laws by scanning private messages, according to a lawsuit certified for class action yesterday in Northern California District Court.

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Bloomberg: SoftBank Opens Pepper Robot to Android in Bid to Broaden Appeal  —  Pepper will run applications from Google's Android platform  —  Masayoshi Son sought to position Pepper as an app platform  —  SoftBank Group Corp. is opening its Pepper robot to Android apps.

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Biz Carson / Business Insider: GM's Cruise settles with Jeremy Guillory, acknowledges him as co-founder  —  Self-driving car startup Cruise has settled a lawsuit against its former cofounder Jeremy Guillory.  —  The lawsuit came about after General Motors announced that it was buying the self-driving car company for a reported $1 billion earlier this year.

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Now you can embed Reddit posts on other websites  —  Reddit posts are going to get the chance to live beyond Reddit itself, thanks to new embedding capabilities.  —  If you're an online writer or publisher, that means you can start including live Reddit content in your stories.

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Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss / Reuters: Bitcoin exchange Coinbase said it will add Ethereum's ether to its trading platform on Tuesday  —  Bitcoin exchange Coinbase said late Thursday it will add digital currency ether on its trading platform next Tuesday.  —  With the launch of ether trading next week, Coinbase is also changing …

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Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch: Product Hunt launches a shop to let makers sell their products right on the site  —  Product Hunt, the popular aggregation site for apps, gadgets, and other products, has figured out a path to revenue for the relatively new platform - let product makers sell their wares right on the site and take a cut.

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Aaron Smith / Pew Internet: Pew report: 72% of US adults have used a shared or on-demand service, 15% have used a ride-hailing app  —  The sharing economy and on-demand services are weaving their way into the lives of (some) Americans, raising difficult issues around jobs, regulation and the potential emergence of a new digital divide

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Kate Conger / TechCrunch: Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz argues Google split the Java community in two, cost Oracle hundreds of millions of dollars  —  Oracle and Google are back in the courtroom again — the same court they started in back in 2010, when Oracle first sued Google over the company's use of 37 Java APIs in its Android operating system.

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Tom Warren / The Verge: IDC analyst says Chromebooks outsold Macs for the first time in the US in the latest quarter  —  Google's low-cost Chromebooks outsold Apple's range of Macs for the first time in the US recently.  While IDC doesn't typically break out Windows vs. Chromebook sales, IDC analyst Linn Huang confirmed the milestone to The Verge.

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Developers can test Android apps on select Chrome OS devices starting in June, wide release planned for September  —  Google is finally bringing the Google Play store, including its more than 1.5 million Android apps, to Chrome OS.  Google Play will first arrive with Chrome OS version 53 …

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Lucas Matney / TechCrunch: Unreal Engine adds full Google Daydream VR support, native Unity support coming this summer  —  VR developers looking to get started on readying content for Google's new Daydream VR platform can get started today thanks to an Unreal Engine preview version (4.1.2) that adds support for the Google platform.

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Wall Street Journal: Google will ban payday-loan ads while Alphabet's venture capital arm GV invests in online payday lender LendUp  —  Lendup specializes in short-term, small-dollar loans with annual percentage rates generally in the triple digits  —  Google announced this month it would ban payday-loan ads.

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Ina Fried / Recode: Google will compete with its partners and sell its own Daydream virtual reality headsets  —  Think Nexus, but for VR.  —  While focusing yesterday on its new virtual reality headset as a design that will be licensed to partners, Google also plans to sell a version of Daydream itself.

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft has its own ‘Bing Assistant’ bot in the works  —  Microsoft is building a ‘Bing Concierge Bot’ that sounds a lot like the just-announced Google Assistant bot.  —  Microsoft is building an assistant bot that, at least on the surface, looks quite similar to the just-announced Google Assistant bot.

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Dustin Volz / Reuters: Senators introduce bill to block rule that would allow judges to issue search warrants for remote access to computers in any jurisdiction  —  A small group of bipartisan senators introduced a bill Thursday that would block a pending judicial rule change allowing U.S. judges to issue search warrants …

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