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May 2, 2014, 11:30 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 …
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 …
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).
New York Times:
White House report on Big Data calls for limits on online data collection by tech companies  —  Call for Limits on Web Data of Customers  —  WASHINGTON — The White House, hoping to move the national debate over privacy beyond the National Security Agency's surveillance activities …
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Google sued for requiring OEMs to bundle its mobile apps, make search and location services default on Android phones  —  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 …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter is experimenting with a mute feature in its mobile apps  —  One of the most-requested features for Twitter's mobile apps may be on the cusp of arriving.  Users of the company's iOS and Android clients are now seeing an option to mute accounts that they follow, preventing another user's tweets …
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 …
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 …
More: Marketing LandTweets: @charlesarthur
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.
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.
Kellex / Droid Life:
LG G3 Makes Appearance in Two New Photos  —  LG is going to announce the G3 come May 27, yet somehow, the company has managed to keep its next flagship mostly under wraps.  We have seen the backside's button arrangement a couple of times, but nothing like the leak that showed up tonight, assuming these photos are the real deal.
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 …
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: DSLreports and iMore

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