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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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Kate Conger / TechCrunch: Google Allo's end-to-end encryption, which is not enabled by default, uses Open Whisper Systems' encryption protocol  —  Google announced its new messaging app Allo at its I/O developers conference today, and it looks pretty cool.  It's a feature-rich interface with graphics and doodles …

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Charles McLellan / ZDNet: Adobe launches Spark ‘visual storytelling’ web app, updates companion iOS apps  —  Adobe's Spark family provides browser-based and mobile tools that allow anyone to create engaging visual content for deployment on social platforms.  —  Adobe has provided free iOS apps for creating visually …

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Shara Tibken / CNET: Samsung Pay now works with loyalty cards in the US  —  You can load all of your membership cards right into the mobile payment service on your Galaxy phone.  —  by , Shara Tibken  —  Got a ton of pesky loyalty cards you can never find when you need them?  Samsung's got you covered.

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Android Pay now works at Bank of America ATMs; Android Pay integration now available for all developers  —  After announcing the expansion of Android Pay in the U.K. earlier today, Google also made a few additional announcements around its mobile payments service at its I/O developer conference today.

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Tim Cushing / Techdirt: Federal Judge Says Internet Archive's Wayback Machine A Perfectly Legitimate Source Of Evidence  —  Those of us who dwell on the internet already know the Internet Archive's “Wayback Machine” is a useful source of evidence.  For one, it showed that the bogus non-disparagement clause KlearGear used …

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Alex Hern / Guardian: Google takes right to be forgotten battle to France's highest court  —  Company is appealing against decision by French data protection authority to apply search-results ruling to all its domains  —  Google is appealing to France's highest court over a legal ruling that could require …

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Aaron Aupperlee / Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Uber officially confirms testing self-driving Ford Fusion cars in Pittsburgh  —  Uber is testing its fleet of self-driving Ford Fusion cars on the streets, bridges and hills of Pittsburgh, the ride-sharing company confirmed for the first time Wednesday.  —  The San Francisco-based firm …

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Jacob Long / Android Police: Google unveils Family Library for Google Play purchases, will allow apps to be shared among six people, likely beginning July 2  —  We knew it was coming eventually, but just before the Google I/O keynote began, Google updated its developer documentation with more details about Family Library.

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Apple: Apple opens maps development office for Apple products in Hyderabad, India, will create up to 4K jobs  —  Apple® today announced the opening of a new office in Hyderabad that will focus on development of Maps for Apple products, including iPhone®, iPad®, Mac® and Apple Watch®.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Netflix unveils Fast.com that offers speed tests from Netflix's servers; no click required, test begins when you land at the site  —  Netflix wants you to know how fast your internet connection is, and has today launched a new website, Fast.com, that will give you that information.

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Michael Crider / Android Police: Xiaomi announces the Mi Box, a 4K Android TV set-top box with Bluetooth voice remote, coming to US soon  —  You might have noticed that there aren't a lot of Android TV boxes around.  Aside from the original Nexus Player, the much-recommended NVIDIA SHIELD, and the generally regrettable Razer Forge TV …

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Lawrence Abrams / Bleeping Computer: TeslaCrypt ransomware shuts down, releases master decryption key for victims  —  In surprising end to TeslaCrypt, the developers shut down their ransomware and released the master decryption key.  Over the past few weeks, an analyst for ESET had noticed that the developers of TeslaCrypt …

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Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal: Jeff Bezos says Amazon is planning more physical stores and new services for Prime, during annual shareholder meeting  —  CEO Jeff Bezos didn't specify how the company would add to the unlimited shipping service  —  Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Jeff Bezos on Tuesday promised more retail stores …

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Meghan McCarthy / Morning Consult: Poll of 2K voters under age 45: 25% read about Facebook Trending controversy, 47% were comfortable with social media sites picking news  —  Nearly half of Americans in our most recent national poll have heard about Facebook allegedly suppressing conservative news stories on their platform.

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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney: Zuckerberg meets conservatives, calls to rebuild trust after Trending Topics bias claims  —  Facebook is courting conservative friends through a Wednesday afternoon meeting with CEO Mark Zuckerberg.  —  The unusual session with about a dozen prominent conservative commentators and leaders …

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Reuters: SEC: Cyber security is the biggest risk facing the financial system; some major exchanges, dark pools, clearing houses do not have adequate policies  —  Cyber security is the biggest risk facing the financial system, the chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said on Tuesday …

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