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May 4, 2014, 12:30 AM

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Kim Zetter / Wired:
Cops who use Vigilant's vehicle tracking system must agree to secrecy TOS  —  Cops Must Swear Silence to Access Vehicle Tracking System  —  It's no secret that police departments around the country are deploying automated license plate readers to build massive databases to identify the location of vehicles.
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Jillian D'Onfro / Business Insider:
PayPal director of strategy Rakesh Agrawal fired for insulting coworkers in late-night tweets  —  PayPal Exec No Longer With The Company After Insulting Colleagues In Late-Night Tweets  —  Less than two months after getting hired to be PayPal's new director of strategy, Rakesh “Rocky” …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Jury Finds Samsung Phones Infringe on Several Apple Patents, Awards $119.6 Million  —  A federal jury ruled Friday that Samsung infringed on at least one of the patents that Apple had sued over in its latest patent case.  —  The jury found all accused Samsung phones infringed on the first patent at issue …
Will Oremus / Slate:
Twitter isn't dying: active users and timeline views don't capture the platform's vast reach  —  Twitter Is Not Dying  —  Well, that's it folks: Twitter is dead.  It had a good flight.  A short flight, but a noisy one.  Sadly, it is now headed the way of Flappy Bird.
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Updated Google Drive app now requires separate Docs and Sheets apps to edit files  —  Google Drive App Updated To v1.3 - Now Requires New Docs And Sheets Apps For Editing Capability [APK Download]  —  Google is sneaking one more update in this week, and it's an odd one.
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
White House seeks legal immunity for telecom firms complying with court orders for customer data  —  White House seeks legal immunity for firms that hand over customer data  —  Obama administration asks legislators drafting NSA reforms to protect telecoms firms for complying with court orders, Guardian learns
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Showtime Near Deal to Partner with Xbox Studios on ‘Halo’ Series  —  Xbox Entertainment Studios is deep in negotiations with Showtime to develop a live-action “Halo” drama series that is a high priority for the Microsoft production unit headed by Nancy Tellem.

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