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Kellex / Droid Life: Verizon cancels its LG Watch Sport variant, which had just launched in February  —  Within the past few days, those who had pre-ordered the LG Watch Sport from Verizon received cancellation emails.  That seemed odd, obviously, since the watch has been available for months …

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Harrison Weber / VentureBeat: Tile raises $25M Series B led by Bessemer and crosses 10M Bluetooth trackers sold  —  Tile, maker of little devices that help you find lost stuff — like your misplaced keys — revealed today that it's raised $25 million in additional funding.  The company also announced a new milestone: 10 million Bluetooth-enabled trackers sold.

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Tim Peterson / Marketing Land: Pinterest will use image recognition to target ads, including in Lens results, limited for now to a Related Pins gallery that's displayed after tapping on a pin  —  Pinterest will parse the objects in an image to include ads in galleries of related pins.  —  To target ads, Google uses search data …

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: BMW, Intel, and Mobileye bring auto parts supplier Delphi into their self-driving car initiative  —  BMW, Intel and Mobileye have a new partner in their previously announced initiative to co-develop an autonomous driving platform.  Delphi is now a member of the group effort …

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Larry Dignan / ZDNet: Google launches Google Cloud IoT core, a managed service for IoT device deployments  —  Google Cloud IoT Core bundles a series of technologies into a managed service for smart city deployments.  NXP, which has chips in the field in many smart cities, is on board.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Slack adds screen sharing to its Mac and Windows apps two years after acquiring Screenhero  —  For when a screen shot just won't cut it, Slack's paid users can nowshare live video of their screens during video calls.  The addition of the feature comes a slow two years after Slack bought Screenhero …

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Cho Mu-Hyun / ZDNet: Samsung says it has sold 5M Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus devices since April 21  —  Samsung Electronics has sold 5 million Galaxy S8s globally less than a month after launching, a figure that will likely be further boosted next month as availability expands.  —  Samsung Electronics …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Instagram is testing location-based stories that bring together publicly available posts from the area  —  Instagram wants to let you see everything going on somewhere right now.  TechCrunch has discovered that Instagram is testing a new Location Stories feature that compiles publicly shared …

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Bloomberg: Sources: Apple will update its laptop lineup at WWDC, planning MacBook Pro with Kaby Lake and faster chips for MacBook and MacBook Air  —  Refreshed MacBooks could win back disappointed loyalists  —  Announcement expected at developers conference in June  —  Apple Inc. plans to announce …

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: Microsoft commits $5M to United Nations in a new technology partnership to “better predict, analyze and respond to critical human rights situations”  —  Microsoft and the United Nations (UN) have announced a five-year “landmark” partnership to develop technology to “better predict …

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Stephanie Condon / ZDNet: Google makes its globally distributed relational database, Cloud Spanner, generally available  —  The globally distributed relational database has garnered “tremendous interest” so far, Google says.  —  Google on Tuesday is making Cloud Spanner, its globally distributed relational database …

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Lucian Constantin / PCWorld: Shadow Brokers group claims to have more exploits and plans to offer them via a subscription based service slated for June  —  The group plans to sell more Equation exploits and cyberespionage data through a subscription-based service  —  A group of hackers that previously leaked alleged …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Amazon begins rewarding some top performing Alexa Skill devs with direct payments, starting with makers of voice apps in “Games, Trivia, & Accessories” category  —  Amazon has quietly launched a new program that will directly pay developers building high quality Alexa skills …

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John Koetsier / Forbes: Amazon announces that Alexa skills will soon be able to push notifications to Alexa enabled devices for users who have opted in  —  “The weather is great this morning; you should take a run,” is something that Amazon's Alexa will never say to you ... unless you've added a fitness skill and opted-in to notifications.

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Biz Stone / Medium: Twitter cofounder Biz Stone says he's returning to the company to guide company culture, more  —  I worked at Twitter for about six years.  In that time, the service grew from zero people to hundreds of millions of people.  Jack was the original CEO and when he returned I was very happy.

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Michael J. Coren / Quartz: AngelList announces “Angel Funds”, which it has been testing since 2014, letting select users raise “funds” of around $500K-$1M to invest in multiple startups  —  AngelList, a startup-funding website, announced today it was launching Angel Funds to let “founders back founders.”

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Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times: Former GV CEO Bill Maris to launch a new $150M fund, Section 32, which will invest in a variety of industries, from health care to agriculture technology  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Bill Maris surprised many people in August when he decided to step down from GV, the huge venture capital fund associated …

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Neil Ainger / CNBC: Mobile fintech startup LevelUp raises $50M from JP Morgan Chase and others, bringing its total raised to $85M+  —  LevelUp, a U.S. mobile app financial technology (fintech) firm, has raised $50 million in finance from long-term investors JP Morgan Chase and U.S. Boston Capital and from newcomer CentroCredit Bank.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Secure messaging app Symphony raises $63M led by BNP Paribas, sources say at a $1B+ valuation  —  Symphony, a secure messaging app that counts 15 of the world's biggest banks among its investors and 200,000 paying customers, has raised a new tranche of funding to fuel its expansion into new markets.

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Amazon launches 4K Alexa-powered Fire TVs with voice remote, available for preorder now, starting at $449 for the 43" model, $899 for 65"  —  Amazon's war with Roku enters its next phase  —  Like Roku before it, Amazon is working with TV makers to release smart televisions …

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Johana Bhuiyan / Recode: Sources: Uber board director Ryan Graves and CTO Thuan Pham may come under scrutiny in the sexual harassment investigation and could be fired  —  Several sources suspect that board member and executive Ryan Graves and CTO Thuan Pham will be fired.  —  Uber's investigation …

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge: Google I/O 2017 preview: new capabilities for Assistant and Home, more details about Android O, updates on Daydream and Project Tango, more  —  Google I/O begins on May 17th, 2017 at 10AM PT / 1PM ET with CEO Sundar Pichai taking the stage for the keynote.  Held at the Shoreline Amphitheater …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Instagram adds Snapchat-style face filters, an eraser tool for drawings, and hashtags for Stories  —  Today Instagram Stories adds a more subtle and mature but error-prone copycat of Snapchat's beloved augmented reality selfie filters.  The eight initial “face filters” …

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Bloomberg: Source: Google to announce its voice-based AI assistant for iPhones at Google I/O; the company is also integrating its Assistant into GE home appliances  —  The Alphabet unit plans to expand its voice-based assistant beyond its own hardware at this week's I/O conference

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Dylan / 9to5Google: Google releases Allo 11, adds group QR codes; APK “teardown” shows Google Assistant settings and Duo calls within Allo  —  For several months, Google has been preparing selfie-generated stickers in Allo.  We gave you an exclusive preview of that feature about a week ago.

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