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May 6, 2014, 2:35 PM

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Jeffrey Hightower / Google LatLong:
Google Maps apps add lane directions, ability to save maps for offline use, Uber integration, more  —  Get on the road, go off the grid, or plan the perfect weekend with the Google Maps app  —  When your life is moving fast, you need tools to keep up with your pace.
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 …
Kurt Eichenwald / Vanity Fair:
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.”
Brian Fagioli / BetaNews:
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 …
Reuters:
Twitter shares fall over 15% to all-time low as lock-up period for 470M shares expires  —  Twitter shares slump as stock lock-up expires  —  (Reuters) - Shares of Twitter Inc fell more than 12 percent in morning trading on Tuesday after the expiration of a six-month “lock-up” …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Security Cam Maker Dropcam Announces A Location-Based Motion Sensor  —  Dropcam, the makers of a plug and play security camera system, announced a new sensor, called Tabs, to add new functionality to the camera platform.  The device, which is about as big as a stick of gum …
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.”
Michal Lev-Ram / Fortune:
Square partners with inventory tracking service Stitch Labs  —  In a bid to be the go-to point-of-sale system for small businesses, mobile payments startup Square is partnering with a growing number of software makers.  —  FORTUNE — Late last year Square introduced Connect …
More: ZDNet
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.”
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Flux Emerges From Google X And Nabs $8M To Help Build Eco-Friendly Buildings  —  Google X, the search giant's lab that has dedicated its work to new, unchartered moonshot concepts, has made a name for itself through its work on self-driving cars, smart contact lenses and dozens of other projects worthy of their own sci-fi novels.
Dara Kerr / CNET News:
Lyft to boost driver insurance with MetLife partnership  —  While insurance requirements for peer-to-peer car service companies are already strict, Lyft appears to be playing it safe.  —  A Lyft driver displays the service's iconic pink mustache on the grill of his car.  —  Lyft
More: VentureBeat and Re/code
Kia Kokalitcheva / VentureBeat:
GitHub's ‘Atom’ text editor is now public, free, and fully open source  —  Ten weeks ago, code-hosting giant GitHub introduced its latest creation: a text editor named Atom.  —  Now, the company is opening it up to the public after an apparently successful invite-only phase.
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 …
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