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Leaked internal memo details Google's response to potential EU antitrust charges

An internal Google memo that details the search giant's response to potential antitrust charges from the EU has leaked today.

Following a report from earlier today that the European Commission is set to bring formal antitrust charges against Google, Re/code has reportedly obtained an internal memo sent out to all Google employees in which the company says it believes it has a good case and points to strong competition from the likes of Microsoft, Yahoo, and Amazon.

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AltConf 2015 taking place June 8-12; four new speakers announced

AltConf, the alternative WWDC conference, will take place June 8-12 in San Francisco.

AltConf is a week-long, volunteer-driven event for developers. As it traditionally does, AltConf will take place alongside WWDC, which will also be taking place from June 8-12.

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Apple reportedly acquires camera tech company LinX

Apple has reportedly acquired LinX, a camera technology company based in Israel that focuses on multi-aperture camera sensors.

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American Express and Jawbone may team up for wearable payment service

A new report says that American Express will announce a partnership sometime later this week that will allow those credit card owners to pay for items by using a future product from Jawbone.

The report from The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources, says that this payment setup for the future Jawbone wearable device will work with retailers that have NFC-based check-out terminals in place

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Medical app developers can now include ResearchKit in their apps

Apple has announced that ResearchKit is now widely available for medical researchers and developers to use in their apps.

ResearchKit was first introduced at Apple's "Spring Forward" event in March with the aim of fixing problems with medical research such as small sample sizes and inaccurately-reported data. Users can sign up to participate in studies right on their iPhones, sending relevant data to medical research institutions as they wish.

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Apple announces WWDC 2015 to kick off June 8-12, registration open now

Apple will hold it's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) from June 8-12, 2015.

WWDC 2015 will once again be held at Moscone Center West in San Francisco, California. Registration is open to any member of the iOS Developer Program, iOS Developer Enterprise Program, or Mac Developer Program.

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Apple reportedly struggling to close Apple Pay deals with Chinese banks and UnionPay

Apple continues on its struggled journey to launch Apple Pay in China after talks with both UnionPay and a selection of Chinese banks continue without deals being sealed.

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Apple seeds iOS 8.4 beta to developers, includes revamped Music app

The iOS 8.4 beta is out now and available for download via Apple's developer portal.

The biggest new feature appears to be a revamped Music app that includes a streamlined version of iTunes Radio. It comes amid rumors that Apple is set to debut a new music streaming service sometime around WWDC 2015 this June.

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IBM's new Watson Health Cloud will draw data from Apple's HealthKit and ResearchKit

IBM has announced today that it has once again partnered with Apple for the launch of its Watson Health Cloud to give researchers access to anonymized health data.

Through its partnership with Apple, IBM's Watson Health Cloud will gather and anonymize information from HealthKit and ResearchKit, along with other providers such as Johnson & Johnson, to create an open cloud platform that will allow researchers and health-focused app developers to draw on vast amounts of health data from a centralized, HIPAA-compliant resource.

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Steam reports over 4 million gamers playing on OS X

While still a small segment, Mac gaming is growing, with Steam reporting that over 4 million gamers across the world play on OS X.

Steam's latest hardware survey, for March 2015, indicates that of 3.43% of Steam's 125 million users are using Macs. While that's a small percentage, that amounts to about 4.28 million people playing games through Mac on Steam.

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