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May 4, 2015, 11:15 PM

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Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Source: new Apple TV remote to include touch pad for scrolling, two physical buttons, and will be slightly thicker  —  Apple TV Remote Expected to Add Touch Pad in Redesign  —  Apple has long ridiculed remote controls for being too complex.  Now after eight years of a minimalist design …
Clinton Jeff / UnleashThePhones:
Microsoft is working on 5.2" and 5.7" Lumia phones with QHD displays, 20mpx cameras, 3GB of RAM and other high-end specs, to launch this fall  —  Exclusive: Microsoft has two high-end Lumias coming this year [Specs]  —  Good news, Windows Phone fans!  Microsoft apparently …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Internet.org opens to developers, but high-bandwith services like VoIP and video aren't allowed  —  Facebook's free Internet for the poor leaves out high-bandwidth sites  —  Facebook opens platform after criticism, but no VoIP, video, and file transfers.  —  Facebook's Internet.org …
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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Accessory makers plan to tap Apple Watch's hidden port for battery straps, faster charging  —  One of the first companies to announce plans to make a battery strap for Apple Watch— allowing you to charge the device while on the go while continuing to wear it— has confirmed plans to tap …
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Chuck Robbins' appointment as Cisco CEO is a surprise to many inside and outside the company  —  Cisco's new CEO choice is a shocker  —  Cisco has announced that its next CEO will be Chuck Robbins, a 17-year Cisco veteran who was leading the company's global sales and partner team.
Andrew Nusca / Fortune:
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft delivers public preview of Office 2016 for Windows desktops  —  Summary:A new test build of Microsoft's Office 2016 suite for Windows 7, 8 and 10 users is available, ahead of this fall's final release.  —  Microsoft is making available to the public a test build of its Office 2016 desktop suite for Windows desktops.
Steven Sinofsky / Re/code:
Mobile phones and low cost solar panels revolutionizing Africa  —  Africa's Mobile-Sun Revolution  —  The transformative potential for mobile communications is upon us in every aspect of life.  In the developing world where infrastructure of all types is at a premium …
Lucy Vernasco / Motherboard:
Behind the plan to replace Internet's aging TCP/IP architecture with Named Data Networking  —  The Mission To Save The Internet By Rewiring It From The Name Up  —  While most of us have been binge-streaming or strapping computers to our bodies or wrapping our heads around the ins and outs …
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
Google acquires startup behind Timeful, a popular iOS time-management app  —  With Timeful Acquisition, Google Aims To Supercharge Its Apps' Time-Management Smarts  —  When time-management startup Timeful launched its iOS app last July, it faced a basic challenge.
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:
Google rolls out Collections, a Pinterest-like feature for curated sets of Google+ posts  —  Google+ Collections Feature Begins Its Rollout  —  It seems that while Google hasn't actually released the official announcement yet (it's expected this morning), the Collections feature we've heard …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook And Nokia Quietly Ink Deal For Here To Power Maps On Mobile, Instagram And Messenger  —  One of the companies in the frame as a potential buyer of Nokia's Here mapping division has quietly inked a deal with the Finnish company to power mobile maps.  Facebook is now using Here maps …
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Micah Singleton / The Verge:
Department of Justice looking closely at Apple as it pushes record labels to ditch free Spotify streaming ahead of Beats relaunch  —  Apple pushing music labels to kill free Spotify streaming ahead of Beats relaunch  —  The Department of Justice is looking closely into Apple's business practices …
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Pinterest Developers Platform launches in beta to let whitelisted developers build apps that integrate data from users' Pins and Boards  —  At Long Last, Pinterest Is Opening Up To Developers  —  Pinterest is finally opening the doors for developers to access its information — a little bit, at least.
Alex Konrad / Forbes:NEW
Twilio raising $100M Series E at a $1B valuation according to April filing  —  Twilio Has Joined The Unicorn Ranks With Stealthy $100 Million Raise  —  Twilio is the latest tech startup to join the ranks of private companies worth at least $1 billion after quietly raising a $100 million round of funding, Forbes has learned.

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Microsoft:
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Avangate:
Go Beyond Payments - Don't Let Your Payment Processor Kill Your Business  —  For online businesses today, accepting payments online is a core requirement.  However, lured by low-cost offers from payment processors …
Asana:
How to be an accountable teammate  —  Accountability is the key to putting an end to the blame game and becoming more productive.  Teams that build accountability into everything they do get more done.
Zoho:
Salesforce Acquisition: Nobody Rings a Bell at the Top  —  Yesterday rumors broke out that Salesforce is entertaining buyout offers and has hired investment bankers to consider “strategic options”.  My first thought?
HP:
The History of Telecommunications (In Just 3 Minutes)  —  Mankind is constantly seeking better ways to communicate.  Here's the remarkable story of how we innovated through the centuries.

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