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May 6, 2014, 12:45 PM

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Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Microsoft will hold a ‘small’ Surface event on May 20th  —  Microsoft has reportedly been working on a miniature version of its Surface tablet for nearly two years, but the wait may be over.  The company has just sent out invitations to a Microsoft Surface event on May 20th, with the tagline “Join us for a small gathering.”
Brad Sams / Neowin:
Surface Mini: 8in, ARM, pen support and coming in June  —  Microsoft's Surface mini has been a bit of an elusive tablet; having been rumored for over a year and then not arriving in the fall when many expected it to show up on retail shelves, we finally have a press event for the new device.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
VSCO, a Digital Photography Company, Raises $40 Million From Accel Partners  —  Chances are, if you have used Instagram, you have come across the hashtag #VSCO or #VSCOCam.  —  Both refer to a feature-rich camera application developed by a Bay Area start-up, Visual Supply Company …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Wallet Is Coming To Glass  —  Google Wallet is coming to Glass soon.  According to a source close to the company, Google is currently testing a way for Glass users to send money to their friends through Wallet by simply using their voices to ask Glass to “send money.”
Graham Cluley:
Dropbox fixes one of two vulnerabilities that allowed users to accidentally leak shared file URLs to third parties  —  Dropbox users leak tax returns, mortgage applications and more  —  If you are using file-sharing systems like Dropbox and Box without proper care and attention …
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Acquire Online Attribution Firm Adometry  —  Google wants to help advertisers get a better sense of how their online ad campaigns work collectively.  So the company is acquiring Adometry, an Austin-Tx.-based firm that specializes in online ad attribution-i.e. the science …
Brian Fagioli / BetaNews:
Lenovo announces two new 11.6-inch Chromebooks: the N20 for $279 and the N20p starting at $329  —  Lenovo announces N20 and N20p Chromebooks  —  I think it safe to say that the Chromebook movement has exceeded all expectations.  What first seemed like a silly Google experiment has blossomed into a legit Windows threat.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Infecting DVRs with Bitcoin-mining malware even easier than you suspected  —  The dialog that appears when users want to manually change the default password on their EPCOM Hikvision S04 DVR.  —  Sans Institute  —  It took just one day for a low-end, Internet-connected digital video recorder …
More: SANS ISC
Tim Cushing / Techdirt:
US government begins testing national online ID system in Michigan and Pennsylvania  —  US Government Begins Rollout Of Its 'Driver's License For The Internet'  —  An idea the government has been kicking around since 2011 is finally making its debut.  Calling this move ill-timed would be the most gracious way of putting it.
Joshua Ho / AnandTech:
Pros and cons of three key materials used to make smartphones: plastic, glass, and metal  —  A Discussion on Material Choices in Mobile  —  Within the past four years, the smartphone market has changed drastically.  Displays have dramatically increased in quality.  Battery life has increased.
More: Gizmodo
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Tumblr rolls out in-app themes, finally becomes a mobile company  —  What's next in mobile?  Find out at MobileBeat, VentureBeat's 7th annual event on the future of mobile, on July 8-9 in San Francisco.  Register now and save $400!  —  “It's not just our mobile app any more.  It is Tumblr.”
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:

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