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May 7, 2014, 2:40 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.
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 …
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 …
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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Barb Darrow / Gigaom:
Google snaps up Stackdriver and its cloud analysis expertise  —  Another small, smart Boston-area startup has been acquired by a Silicon Valley superpower.  Google is buying Stackdriver, which specializes in monitoring and honing cloud workload performance.
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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Rich Trenholm / CNET News:
Samsung Knox 2.0 makes Galaxy S5 safe for work with split billing  —  Samsung has updated its business-focused Knox with a dedicated app store and split billing so you can pay for work and personal calls separately.  —  Samsung gets down to business with Knox 2.0 on the S5  —  Samsung
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 …
Roberto Baldwin / The Next Web:
Andy Baio wants to crowdfund $30,000 to relaunch community event site Upcoming  —  Serial co-founder Andy Baio re-introduced Upcoming, the collaborative events site.  Purchased by Yahoo in 2005 and shutdown last year, Baio is relaunching the site via Kickstarter.  —  The site was a collaborative calendar of art and tech events.

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