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Security - 24 stories
Cloudflare gets another $50,000 to fight “new breed of patent troll”

Cloak & Dagger is a newly-discovered Android exploit that lets hackers hide malicious activity

'Thousands' of known bugs found in pacemaker code

TSA testing ramped-up gadget screening at 10 US airports

TSA may ask you to unpack tablets and cluttered carry-on bags

ACLU demands an end to Vermont DMV facial recognition

A major investment company is taking bitcoin very seriously

Russian postal service 'hit by WannaCry'

Ancestry.com denies exploiting users' DNA

Tech Tip: Erasing Your Android Tracks

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Microsoft - 6 stories
Microsoft’s Twitch competitor gets a new name and co-op streaming

Microsoft Mixer adds co-op streaming for Xbox, Windows games

Microsoft's game streaming service Beam rebrands as Mixer, adds co-streaming, a guide & mobile broadcasting

The New Microsoft Surface Pro – More Power, More Speed & More Battery Life

Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass subscription service launches in June

Windows switch to Git almost complete: 8,500 commits and 1,760 builds each day

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Hardware - 30 stories
There's finally a drone that might be simple enough for anyone to fly

Heads up: Augmented reality prepares for the battlefield

Samsung Galaxy Book review: A better TabPro S, but not a laptop replacement

Gaming on Dell’s 8K $5,000 monitor

This technology could unleash the self-driving revolution for older vehicles

IFTTT's free 'maker' tier lets anyone create and share recipes

Get a Lenovo Yoga Tablet 3 Pro with built-in projector for $374.99

Samsung Details China-Specific Galaxy S8 (Plus) Features

B&O hides high-end speakers in hexagonal wall art

Instant Braille translator can fit in your hand

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Google - 4 stories
8 reasons Google's Pixel is better than the iPhone

Google plans to track credit card spending

Google raises heat on Microsoft with new Chrome bundle for enterprises

Google and Facebook lobbyists try to stop new online privacy protections

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Apple - 10 stories
Twitter for Apple TV adds live, 360 degree video and Periscope’s global map

Apple gives free app development curriculum to schools

Qualcomm wants Apple manufacturers to pay up

Apple's Ive: UK needs global talent post-Brexit

Siri will soon control Belkin's WeMo smart switches

Check out Apple's Singapore store, its first in Southeast Asia

Tomorrow's medical breakthrough? You're already wearing it

Apple: We just got blitzed by US national security requests

Don't let that ugly iPhone 8 model scare you – this is what the real thing will look like

Picturing the iPad Pro 2: a collection of "leaked" images, renders, and concept designs of Apple's next tablet

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Social - 15 stories
Alto uses your emails to clean up your calendar

Facebook’s Instant Articles platform to support Google AMP, Apple News

Binge-watching will be as easy as breathing

BBC Store to close because people prefer streaming

Twitter adds all 69 new emoji to its arsenal

Imzy, the nice Reddit, is shutting down

Viacom wants to leave sports in the dust with future $20 “skinny” TV bundle

Pinterest opens up autoplay videos in home feed and search with new measurement tools

​Goodbye, hologram Jon Stewart: HBO cancels digital series

​Uber confesses to underpaying NYC drivers, promises refund

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Science - 11 stories
For 4,500 years, Stone Age humans returned to this mysterious cave

World’s first orbital-class rocket launches from a private launch site

Rocket Lab launch sends New Zealand into space for first time

SpaceX begins test-firing parts of its biggest rocket

Medicinal use for marijuana confirmed: CBD helps kids with rare epilepsy

Listening to starlight: Our ongoing search for alien intelligence

Rocket Lab nails first orbital rocket launch from a private pad

Researchers find dozens of genes associated with measures of intelligence

The LHC is starting another year of high-energy physics

Non-mutant mice sired from space sperm boost hope of cosmic human conception

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Miscellany - 22 stories
Sync calls across your devices with T-Mobile next week

Jacque Fresco, Futurist Who Envisioned a Society Without Money, Dies at 101

Wedge-tailed eagle captured swooping on drone

Fitness trackers 'poor at measuring calories burned'

If you’d bought $1,000 of Bitcoin in 2010, you’d be worth $35M

Give your cat a comfy spaceship carrier

You’re more rational on a smartphone than on a PC

All the people you never knew were in Star Wars

T-Mobile launching its flexible 'Digits' plan on May 31st

State of the Art: The Rise of the Fat Start-Up

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