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May 7, 2014, 2:00 PM

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John Paczkowski / Re/code:
Apple's worldwide communications VP Katie Cotton retiring after nearly two decades at the company  —  Code/red: Apple PR Impresario Katie Cotton to Retire  —  // HAPPENING TODAY  — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will drop by TechCrunch Disrupt to dodge some questions.  — AOL will be hammered following an earnings miss.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
To Battle Yelp, Google Buys Appetas, A Website Builder For Restaurants  —  Google today made one more acquisition that points to its interest in building up its relationship with local businesses, and particularly in the restaurant vertical to compete better against the likes of Yelp.
Bob Rosin / Official LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn partners with Evernote to scan business cards, will shut down its CardMunch app  —  Evernote + LinkedIn: Powering Professional Relationships  —  Business cards are one of the many ways people initiate professional relationships, so it is important to us that our members can quickly …
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
HP to invest $1B over two years in OpenStack, integrate its cloud services under HP Helion brand  —  HP Makes $1 Billion Bet on Open Cloud  —  Hewlett-Packard is making its big bet on cloud computing, with a significant change of its own products and business, and the biggest endorsement yet …
Paul Mozur / Wall Street Journal:
‘Unparalleled Ruthlessness’ Awaits: Jack Ma's Letter to Alibaba Employees.  —  One element missing from Alibaba's initial public offering prospectus - weighing in at 248 pages before notes and exhibits - was a letter from founder Jack Ma.  —  People familiar with the matter had said that some missive …
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Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Russia Quietly Tightens Reins on Web With ‘Bloggers Law’  —  MOSCOW — Russia has taken another major step toward restricting its once freewheeling Internet, as President Vladimir V. Putin quietly signed a new law requiring popular online voices to register with the government, a measure that lawyers …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Nintendo reports third consecutive annual loss as Wii U sales fizzle out  —  Nintendo made an annual operating loss for the third consecutive year in 2013, ending up ¥46.4 billion ($457 million) in the red as Wii U sales failed to pick up following the holiday season.
Ryan Tate / Wired:
Next Big Thing You Missed: Inside Tindie, a Thriving New Marketplace for DIY Gadgets  —  By day, Emile Petrone was a web programmer.  But in his spare time, he would tinker with the Ardruino and the Raspberry Pi, two inexpensive kits that let you build your own hardware devices.
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Shelly Banjo / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon clocked $67.8B in online sales in 2013, more than its next 10 biggest competitors combined  —  Apple Jumps to Second Place in Online Retail … In the crusade to capture clicks and pull in dollars from online sales, Amazon remains the clear frontrunner.
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Tech Leaders Call on California to Boost Computer Science  —  High-profile technology executives and investors are asking for a meeting with California Governor Jerry Brown to discuss augmenting computer science education in the state's public schools.  —  In a letter they circulated to the press …
Erin McCarthy / Wall Street Journal:
Pandora tests Promoted Stations native ad product with 10% of users  —  Pandora Launches Promoted Stations  —  Internet Radio Service Seeks to Boost Advertising Revenue  —  Pandora Media Inc. continued its push to boost advertising revenue Wednesday, launching so-called promoted stations that partner with advertisers.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Former Angry Birds creators raise $3.6M for Boomlagoon game studio  —  Boomlagoon, a Finnish game studio created by former Angry Birds creators, has raised $3.6 million in funding to build mobile games.  —  Helsinki-based Boomlagoon is one in a series of Finnish game startups …
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
US patent office ultimately approved 92% of applications in 2013, up from 68% in 2009  —  Getting patents is preposterously easy under Obama  —  When Apple first tried to patent the “slide to unlock” feature of its forthcoming iPhone in 2005, the US Patent and Trademark Office …
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Sean Portnoy / ZDNet:
LG Chromebase all-in-one Chrome PC available on May 26 for $349  —  Summary: Chrome's encroachment on the desktop continues when HP releases its Chromebox in June.  —  Lost amid the hoopla over yesterday's unveiling of numerous new Chromebooks (including models from Asus and Lenovo) …

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Microsoft:
Royal Caribbean International hits the high seas with Microsoft tech  —  Cruise line equips 40,000 crew members with Windows 8.1 tablets, in part to use Skype, OneDrive and more to keep in closer touch with family members and friends while away from home.
Intel:
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