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May 14, 2013, 9:25 AM

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Mat Smith / Engadget:
Nokia announces the Lumia 925: a thinner, lighter aluminum body coming June for 469 euros  —  Nokia's second announcement for May is arguably a more notable progression from the Lumia 920 than the US-only Lumia 928.  This is the Lumia 925.  It's another flagship, but this one's setting its sights on the rest of the world.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Nate Hoffelder / The Digital Reader:
Confirmed: Amazon Bought Liquavista - Color Kindle to Follow?  —  For the past four months I have been saying that Amazon was in the market to buy Samsung's screen tech company Liquavista, and today I do believe the rumors have come true.  —  New filings from the Netherlands Chamber …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Cyber caper: behind the scenes of the $45 million global ATM heist  —  Hackers coordinated with cells on the ground to carry out a precise, sophisticated attack  —  Defendants Elvis Rafael Rodriguez and Emir Yasser Yeje posing with approximately $40,000 with cash.  Source: US Attorney, Eastern District of New York
More: Wired
Ginny Marvin / Marketing Land:
Online Sales Tax: Why E-Commerce Companies Are On Both Sides Of The Debate  —  If passed by the House, the Marketplace Fairness Act, which aims to level the playing field between online retailers and brick-and-mortar businesses, could go into effect as soon as this fall.
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Verizon Wireless to pay parents surprise $7 billion dividend  —  (Reuters) - Verizon Wireless, the biggest U.S. mobile service provider, said on Monday it would pay its parents Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group Plc a dividend of $7 billion in June, surprising some analysts who had not expected a big payout.
Shaunacy Ferro / Popular Science:
How Facebook Used Science To Design More Emotional Emoticons  —  With the help of a psychology professor and a Pixar illustrator, Facebook is trying to make our messages a little more emotional.  —  Surprise Matt Jones / Facebook  —  In 1872, Charles Darwin published The Expression …
More: SlashGear
Lauren Indvik / Mashable:
Amazon Cloud Player Launches PC App  —  As part of its mission to bring its music service “everywhere,” Amazon announced the release of a dedicated Cloud Player app for desktop PCs Monday.  The release comes less than a week after Amazon announced iOS compatibility with Ford Sync-enabled vehicles.
Reiji Murai / Reuters:
Sharp to seek Samsung edge for survival as Apple sales lose steam  —  (Reuters) - Japanese display maker Sharp Corp, a supplier to Apple Inc, will aim to boost sales to the iPhone maker's chief rival Samsung Electronics Co under a three-year rehabilitation roadmap to secure its survival.
More: The Verge
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter Acquires Big Data Visualization Startup Lucky Sort, Service To Shutter In Months Ahead  —  Lucky Sort, a Portland, Oregon-based startup behind a visualization and navigation engine called TopicWatch that helped to discover patterns in live data streams, has been acquired by Twitter.
Jessica E. Lessin / Wall Street Journal:
Web Browsers Are Reinvented  —  File-sharing, Apps and Voice Commands Change How Internet Is Used  —  Mobile phones, wearable devices and self-driving cars are generating buzz as the future of technology.  But the old Web browser is being reinvented too, in a trend with implications …
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Facebook Home flagship phone, HTC First, may be discontinued  —  Facebook's HTC First, the smartphone herald of Facebook Home, will be discontinued by carrier partner AT&T, according a report from BGR Monday.  The phones, released just over a month ago, will be returned as unsold inventory to HTC …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Routing Around Apple's Restrictions, AppCertain & Others Bring Enterprise-Level Control To Consumers In The Interest Of Child Safety  —  In the interest of protecting children, a new iOS application called AppCertain has debuted a monitoring application aimed at parents.
Matthew Dalton / Wall Street Journal:
EU Closer to China Telecom Probe  —  BRUSSELS—The European Union's trade chief will ask for backing this week from senior members of the bloc's executive arm to start investigations into alleged unfair trade practices by Chinese network-equipment suppliers Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. …
Myriam Joire / Engadget:
Raspberry Pi camera module comes to the UK May 14th, lands early for some (updated)  —  Remember that Raspberry Pi camera module we wrote about a few months ago?  It looks like UK-based electronics retailer CPC / Farnell will start taking orders for the shooter on May 14th.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
RelayRides Acquires Wheelz To Boost Inventory And Improve Hardware For Its Peer-To-Peer Car Rentals  —  There's consolidation afoot in the peer-to-peer car rental space.  San Francisco-based RelayRides, which launched about five years ago and is now available nationwide, has gobbled up fledgling competitor Wheelz.
More: AllThingsD, PandoDaily and WiredThanks:@ripemp
Pete Norman / Sky News:
Twitter Boss Quits UK Role Post TweetDeck  —  Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has resigned as director of its UK arm  —  The American boss of Twitter has resigned as director of its UK arm, two days after the business regulator struck off its other British firm for failure to file accounts.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
PayPal unveils new Android SDK with multiple in-app payment methods, available to US developers on May 15  —  PayPal on Monday announced a new Android SDK that tries to make it easier for developers to accept in-app payments on Google's mobile platform.  The company says the software development kit …

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