Wait! What? April 29: Wondering why the lemon emoji is suddenly popular? #LEMONADE…and other news

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  • Siri…is this real? This week, for the first time in the company’s history, Apple reported a quarter Tim Cook deemed “challenging.” Are we looking at a one-time thing or an impending Apple apocalypse? Only time will tell.
  • Bots are the new apps, but are we letting them grow up? And does the world even need this form of conversational commerce? #deepthoughtsonbots
  • If you’re a victim of slow typer syndrome, never fear: Microsoft has released a next-word-predicting keyboard to ease your pain. The keyboard even offers the promise of faster texting via a swipe to type input.
  • Goldman goes digital route, opening doors to the masses with GS Bank, an Internet-based savings bank that consumers can enroll in for just $1. Looks like Wall St. is going a little bit more Main St.
  • Last but not least: Love, betrayal, empowerment, tribalism, family…what’s the story behind #LEMONADE? All we know is we’re hooked and there’s no turning back.

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