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May 2, 2014, 8:20 AM

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Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Apple, Facebook, others defy authorities, notify users of secret data demands  —  Major U.S. technology companies have largely ended the practice of quietly complying with investigators' demands for e-mail records and other online data, saying that users have a right to know in advance …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Wild Rumor of Apple EarPods with Biometric Sensors Has Roots in Apple's Research  —  A seemingly wild rumor of Apple planning to launch new EarPods headphones with integrated heart rate and blood pressure sensors has been making the rounds today after the claim was posted on anonymous information sharing platform Secret (via Reddit).
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Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Google uses secret Android deals for illegal search monopoly, lawsuit claims  —  Google requires Samsung, HTC and other mobile device makers that use the Android operating system to reserve prime screen real estate for the search giant's own applications, according to a new class action complaint filed this week in California.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Unmasked: The world's first clear look at Amazon's smartphone  —  Following a series of exclusive reports, BGR has now obtained the first unobscured image of Amazon's debut smartphone  —  Amazon is still more than a month away from unveiling its first own-brand smartphone, but there isn't much mystery that remains.
Chris O'Brien / Los Angeles Times:
Activists sue San Francisco to stop shuttles of Facebook, Apple, and Google from using public bus stops  —  Activists sue San Francisco over ‘Google buses’  —  A shuttle to the Google campus loads passengers in San Francisco.  (Liz Hafalia / San Francisco Chronicle / October 23, 2012)
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Wikipedia Has a New Boss: Lila Tretikov Named Executive Director of Wikimedia Foundation  —  One of the most important sites on the Internet has a new leader: Lila Tretikov is the new executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that operates Wikipedia and supports its volunteer corps.
CNET News:
OAuth, OpenID security flaw can be exploited to steal personal info, redirect users to unsafe sites  —  Serious security flaw in OAuth and OpenID discovered  —  Malicious attackers can use the ‘Covert Redirect’ vulnerability in the OAuth 2. and OpenID open-source login systems to steal …
More: Tetraph
John Cook / GeekWire:
Meet Vhoto: This new iPhone app scans your videos to find amazing still photographs  —  There are amazing photos hidden in all of the those videos you've shot on your mobile phone over the past few years.  You just don't know it, or have a means to access them.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Uber gears up to launch ‘Uber Family’ service & eyes a new batch of cities (scoop)  —  A source tells us that Uber will soon launch “Uber Family,” a new service that caters to passengers with children.  Only the highest rated Uber drivers will be selected for the new program in New York.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
iTunes Match Expands to Japan  —  Apple is expanding its iTunes Match service to Japan, according to a MacRumors tipster and the company's iTunes Match availability website.  The service, which costs ¥3,980 per year, allows iTunes users to match their existing iTunes libraries …
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
John Carmack's former employer claims he stole tech for Oculus VR when he left  —  The man who co-created Doom, who co-founded id Tech, and who later left id Tech for Oculus VR, is being accused by his former employer of taking intellectual property with him to Oculus VR.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Kantar data suggests UK smartphone penetration will reach a ceiling of 91% by Q3 2017  —  The death of the featurephone in the UK - and what's next  —  More than nine years of data on UK smartphones means we can forecast how many people might stick with ‘featurephones’ - like the popular Nokia 6310 …
Tweets: @charlesarthur
Alina Selyukh / Reuters:
Verizon to FCC: Restrictions on airwaves auction are unjust  —  (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc has urged U.S. regulators not to restrict how much it can buy in next year's auction of wireless spectrum, saying such a limit would subsidize the smallest national carriers and their foreign owners.
More: iMore
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
OneNote for iPhone gets notebook creation and iOS 7 redesign, OneNote for Mac gets printing and saving to PDF  —  Microsoft today announced updates to both OneNote for iPhone and OneNote for Mac with a slew of new features.  You can download the former directly from Apple's App Store and the latter from the Mac App Store.

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