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May 2, 2014, 5:05 AM

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The Verge:
Foursquare splitting into two apps: Foursquare for discovery and Swarm for checkins  —  Meet Swarm: Foursquare's ambitious plan to split its app in two  —  To take on Yelp, Foursquare is moving beyond the check-in  —  Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley has spent the last year trying to convince …
Nathaniel Mott / PandoDaily:
By splitting in two, Foursquare joins Facebook, Google, and Dropbox in the great unbundling  —  Foursquare has split its mobile application into two applications — one focused on discovering new places and the other, called Swarm, focused on helping users share their location with their friends.
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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 …
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.
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).
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon expands same-day delivery service to Dallas and San Francisco, extends ordering hours  —  Amazon Widens Same-Day Delivery Service  —  Amazon.com is making it even easier to skip the mall.  —  The e-commerce giant is set to broaden its same-day shipping service starting Thursday …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Angela Ahrendts officially starts role as Apple's new Senior VP of Retail and Online Stores  —  Angela Ahrendts has officially taken the reins of Apple's new Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.  Ahrendts's last day as the CEO of Burberry was yesterday, and Apple's website …
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.
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.
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 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
OS X 10.10 emphasis planned for WWDC, iOS 8 features pushed to iOS 8.1, new Apple TV still in the works  —  Apple may be planning to give the next version of the Mac OS X operating system, 10.10, a larger presence than iOS 8 at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, according to sources with knowledge of the plans.
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.
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Samsung attempts to preempt Apple's Healthbook launch with a health-focused event of its own in late May  —  Samsung has just announced a health-focused event that will take place on May 28th, just days before Apple is set to unveil its next-generation mobile and desktop operating systems at WWDC …
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.
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)
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft patches IE zero-day flaw, issues special security update for Windows XP despite end of support  —  Microsoft today announced it is releasing an emergency patch for Internet Explorer to fix a zero-day flaw spotted in the wild.  The security hole was found in IE6 through IE11 …
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld:
Cisco retires WebEx Social, partners with Jive instead  —  The companies will market a suite that includes WebEx Meetings, Jabber and Jive enterprise social networking software  —  Cisco has put out to pasture its WebEx Social enterprise social networking (ESN) suite, opting instead to partner with Jive Software.

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