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May 22, 2013, 11:05 AM

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Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
HTC in disarray: staff departures, ‘disastrous’ First, and production problems cloud company's future  —  Internal upheaval comes at a bad time for the struggling phone maker  —  The Verge has learned that HTC's Chief Product Officer, Kouji Kodera, left the company last week.
Aloysius Low / CNET:
HTC Asia CEO Lennard Hoornik leaves company  —  Earlier today, it was reported on the Verge that HTC's chief product officer, Kouji Kodera had left the company alongside other high-level employees.  Product strategy manager Eric Lin even had a strongly worded warning for remaining employees …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Live TV on the Xbox One: Microsoft learns nothing from Google TV's mistakes  —  webTV returns to Redmond... with a vengeance  —  “For the first time, you and your TV will have a relationship.”  —  That's how Microsoft began the introduction of its new Xbox One today …
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Xbox One has non-replaceable hard drive, external storage is supported  —  We had the opportunity to chat with Albert Penello, senior director of product planning at Microsoft this afternoon, who was kind enough to clarify a few topics for us regarding the recently-unveiled Xbox One.
Chris Kohler / Wired:
How Xbox One Plans to Fight Sony, Steam, and Everything Else  —  The other day, unable to take it anymore, we sucked it up and ordered HBO.  We needed our Game of Thrones fix immediately.  When the order went through and we were ready to binge-watch, it wasn't our cable box we turned on, but our Xbox.
Michael McWhertor / Polygon:
Xbox Live Gold memberships apply to both Xbox One and 360  —  Xbox Live Gold memberships on Xbox One will be flexible and streamlined, according to Microsoft, allowing console owners to use their Gold account on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 and letting multiple users share the same account.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's Impressive “Conversational Search” Goes Live On Chrome  —  The “conversational search” that Google demonstrated at last week's Google I/O conference is now available to users of its Chrome browser, and it's a significant leap in how we use search engines.
Reuters:
Ireland feels the heat from Apple tax row  —  (Reuters) - Ireland called on Wednesday for an international clampdown on multinationals shifting profits around the world to avoid tax, after criticism that Irish loopholes helped technology giant Apple to shrink its tax bill.
Amy O'Leary / NYT Bits:
GIF Creator, Steve Wilhite, Receives Lifetime Achievement Webby Award  —  Among the thousands of file formats that exist in modern computing, the GIF, or Graphics Interchange Format, has attained celebrity status in a sea of lesser-known BMPs, RIPs, FIGs and MIFFs.
Melissa Grey / Engadget:
Nokia adds sight recognition to Here Maps for Windows Phone 8  —  Six months after promising to integrate sight recognition technology into its Here suite of apps, Nokia has finally updated Here Maps with LiveSight.  The update is available today in the Windows Phone app store and requires Windows Phone 8.
Dennis Schaal / Skift:
Hipmunk CEO: We think we can be bigger than Kayak  —  Hipmunk CEO Adam Goldstein, left, and co-founder Steve Huffman.  / Hipmunk  —  Hipmunk co-founder and CEO Adam Goldstein, 25, believes his flight and hotel metasearch company can one day be larger than Kayak, and with $20.2 million …
Greg Sterling / Marketing Land:
Pew: 94% Of Teenagers Use Facebook, Have 425 Facebook Friends, But Twitter & Instagram Adoption Way Up  —  Teenagers use Facebook by far more than any other social media site and have over 400 friends on it.  But Twitter and Instagram have massively increased their usage in the past year …
Jordan Novet / GigaOM:
Blue Coat to acquire Solera and sweeten network-security story as cyberattacks continue  —  There's been lots of investor interest recently in backing startups focused on making IT more secure, at least in part because of the barrage of news of cyberattacks against government agencies and companies, including a defense contractor.
Matt Brian / The Verge:
AMD slips to fourth spot as Qualcomm and Samsung capitalize on mobile processor sales  —  A fall in demand for desktop PCs and continued growth of the smartphone and tablet market saw AMD fall from second to fourth place for microprocessor sales in 2012.  According to a new report from IC Insights …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Powermat Acquires Finland's PowerKiss, Stirs Up Wireless Power Standard War  —  In the unfolding standards battle around wireless power technology, two players will today combine into one.  —  Powermat, the company that last year allied with Procter & Gamble's Duracell brand …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Confirmed: Samsung buys 10% stake in Korean handset maker Pantech for $48 million  —  Samsung is investing in hardware after the company agreed to spend 53 billion won ($48 million) to acquire a 10 percent stake in fellow South Korean firm Pantech, the country's third-largest maker of mobile devices.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Flickr, Vimeo integration likely to bolster social ties in iOS 7  —  In the upcoming overhaul of its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch operating system, iOS 7, Apple plans to include an increased presence of third-party social networks, including Flickr and Vimeo, according to a person familiar with the software.

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