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CCTV News: China will require owners to register drones that weigh more than 250 grams starting June  —  The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) announced on Tuesday that the country will implement real-name registrations for civilian drones amid a major upswing in problems with potentially dangerous drone flights taking place in China.

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Robert-Jan Bartunek / Reuters: EU fines Facebook $122.4M for providing misleading information that it could not automatically match user accounts on WhatsApp and Facebook  —  European Union antitrust regulators on Thursday said they would fine Facebook 110 million euros ($122.4 million) for providing misleading information …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook says it's now limiting News Feed distribution of posts that withhold or exaggerate information at the individual post level, to combat clickbait  —  Facebook's leverage over news publishers can be worrisome, but today it's putting its muscle to good use.

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Tim Peterson / Marketing Land: Twitter lets you see which advertisers are targeting you, opt out from individual interest categories, will remove support for Do Not Track on June 18  —  As it begins to store people's off-Twitter browsing data for longer, the company adds new data controls and ends Do Not Track support.

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Zen Soo / South China Morning Post: Tencent reports Q1 revenues of $7.2B, up 55% YoY, while profits rise 58% to $2B+; WeChat grows to 937M users  —  Sales at China's largest social network operator jumped 55 per cent in the first quarter on mobile games and online advertising.  —  Chinese internet giant Tencent …

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: LG and GE add Google Assistant support to fridges, washers, ovens, and more  —  Google said today that we're going to start seeing appliances showing up with support for the Google Assistant, and two companies are already launching integrations: LG and GE.  —  Both companies are updating …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Google makes Android Studio 3.0 preview available for download; 20+ new features include new performance profiling tools, Instant Apps, Java 8, and Kotlin  —  At its I/O 2017 developer conference, Google today unveiled Android Studio 3.0, the latest version of its integrated development environment (IDE).

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Anya George Tharakan / Reuters: Cisco reports Q3 revenue of $11.9B, down 1% YoY, profits of $2.52B, forecasts disappointing Q4, and says it will cut 1100 more jobs; shares down ~8% after hours  —  Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O) forecast current-quarter revenue that widely missed analysts' estimates and said it would cut 1,100 more jobs …

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster / Android Central: Google is working on new Tango-based Visual Positioning Service, which will be like an indoor GPS for AR devices  —  Google's Daydream VR platform got a lot of love on the Google I/O stage, but the company has some intriguing plans for augmented reality (AR) as well.

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google Firebase gets Fabric integration, better analytics and an alpha program  —  Google today announced a slew of updates to its Firebase app platform that touch many of the service's core features (or will do so in the near future).  More than a million developers have now created projects with Firebase …

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Kyle Orland / Ars Technica: Google expands Daydream VR to a new platform for untethered, standalone VR headsets with positional tracking; first products coming this year from Lenovo, HTC  —  Also: New “visual position system” is an AR Google Maps for indoors.  —  At Google I/O today, the company announced …

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Joshua Brustein / Bloomberg: Washington DC to replace taxi meters with Square's payments platform and third party apps by end of Aug., making it easier to compete with ride-hailing services  —  The overhaul of the city's cab system will help drivers compete with Uber.  —  Washington, D.C., is enlisting Square Inc.'s help …

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Curt Woodward / BostonGlobe.com: Sources: IDG, which owns Macworld and other magazines, has laid off more than 90 people in its flagship tech-industry publishing division  —  International Data Group has laid off more than 90 people in its flagship tech-industry publishing division, less than two months after completing …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Google says users installed apps 82B times in 2016, up 26% YoY, and adds new Play Console tools including better statistics, Android vitals, more  —  At its I/O 2017 developer conference today, Google rolled out new Google Play Console features for developers.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: App developers can now advertise on the Google Play homepage and app listing pages  —  Google announced today a change to its Google Play platform that will allow app makers to now place ads on the Google Play home page and app listing pages.  These ads are an expansion of Google's previously announced …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Google opens its Android Instant Apps SDK to all developers  —  At its I/O 2017 developer conference today, Google launched the Android Instant Apps SDK.  Now all developers can write Android Instant Apps, as opposed to just a handful of partners.  —  Google Play product manager Ellie Powers made the announcement onstage today.

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John Mannes / TechCrunch: Google debuts TensorFlow Lite for building leaner deep learning models optimized to run on Android smartphones  —  While discussing the future of Android at Google I/O, Dave Burke, a VP of engineering, announced a new version of TensorFlow optimized for mobile called TensorFlow lite.

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Google Research Blog: Google debuts the TensorFlow Research Cloud, making 1,000 Cloud TPUs available free of charge to researchers  —  Researchers require enormous computational resources to train the machine learning (ML) models that have delivered recent breakthroughs in medical imaging, neural machine translation, game playing, and many other domains.

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Jeff Larson / ProPublica: Security inspections of Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort found vulnerable servers, wireless printers without passwords, unencrypted database login pages, open Wi-Fi  —  We tested internet security at four Trump properties.  It's not good.  —  Two weeks ago, on a sparkling spring morning, we went trawling along Florida's coastal waterway.

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge: How Google plans to make Assistant ubiquitous in order to challenge Siri and Alexa, both of which have their own strong incumbent advantages  —  Everybody just wants the Star Trek computer.  —  We all know how it works: an ambient AI that's available everywhere, knows nearly everything …

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Natt Garun / The Verge: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus to gain Google Daydream support this summer  —  It's been a year since Google announced its Daydream VR program, and we've been wondering whether other companies' flagship devices would support Google's platform.  Today at Google I/O, the company confirmed …

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Jessica Guynn / USA Today: Google announces Google for Jobs, which adds job listings to search results, coming soon in the US  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google's mission is to steer people to the information they need in their daily lives.  One crucial area the Internet giant says could use some work: Jobs.

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google makes Kotlin a first-class language for writing Android apps  —  Google today announced that it is making Kotlin, a statically typed programming language for the Java Virtual Machine, a first-class language for writing Android apps.  Kotlin's primary sponsor is JetBrains, the company behind tools like IntelliJ.

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Steven Levy / Backchannel: Google releases Tango-powered “VPS” (indoor GPS), Expeditions AR, and standalone VR headset with Lenovo and HTC VIVE debuting commercial models in coming months  —  Clay Bavor knows immersive computing is a long-term project.  Here's what he's doing to make it happen faster.

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Brian Heater / TechCrunch: Google releases the first beta of Android O  —  It's already been available for a few months as a developer preview, but now the rest of us can finally get our hands on an upcoming version of Android.  Android O Beta starts shipping today, if you point your browser over to android.com/beta.

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