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May 8, 2014, 6:45 AM

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Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung's head of mobile design resigns amid lukewarm Galaxy S5 reception  —  Samsung Electronics replaces mobile design head  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, the world's biggest handset maker, has replaced the head of its mobile design team amid criticism of the latest Galaxy S smartphone.
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  —  Katie Cotton, Communications VP Who Helped Shape Apple's Story, Retiring  —  Big news out of Apple today.
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
Coalition uniting Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, eBay, others voice support for net neutrality in letter to FCC  —  Amazon, Netflix and tech giants defend net neutrality in letter to FCC  —  In a rare public stand for the internet retailer, Amazon has come …
Clare O'Connor / Forbes:
Jeff Bezos quietly attacks the $7.2 trillion B2B wholesale market with AmazonSupply  —  Amazon's Wholesale Slaughter: Jeff Bezos' $8 Trillion B2B Bet  —  In recent months global Internet retail behemoth Amazon.com has green-lit six new original TV shows, announced an online streaming deal …
More: Business InsiderTweets: @forbes and @tonythomas
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Yahoo News Digest arrives on Android and launches an international edition  —  Four months after bringing its unconventional news app to iOS, Yahoo News Digest arrives on Android today along with international editions that bring a global perspective to currents.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Marissa Mayer Explains Why Yahoo Is Undervalued  —  On stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt New York, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer pushed against the narrative that Yahoo is worth nothing.  The company has a market capitalization in the tens of billions, but it's been pointed out that if you add …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Layer Raises $14.5M From Homebrew, Jerry Yang To Be The Communications Platform For Mobile And Web Apps  —  Communications platform for mobile and web apps and Disrupt SF 2013 winner Layer has raised $14.5 million in Series A funding from Homebrew, AME Cloud Ventures (Jerry Yang's investment vehicle) …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Supply chained: Apple's sapphire production will be hard to copy  —  Apple opened the door to machined-aluminum electronics, will it do the same for sapphire glass?  —  Though abundant in nature and everyday items like soda cans, aluminum didn't figure prominently in modern electronics until just a few years ago.
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
SAP Fires Cloud Chief Shawn Price and Realigns Company  —  SAP has fired the head of its cloud business unit Shawn Price, sources familiar with the move tell Re/code, in what appears to be a significant strategic realignment of the German business software giant.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Japanese chat giant Line reports revenues of $143M this quarter, up 223% vs. last year  —  Chat app Line's increasing revenues show Twitter how it could develop DMs  —  Mobile messaging service Line is continuing to grow its revenues at an impressive rate, after the company revealed …
More: LINE CorporationTweets: @serkantoto
Brian Cohen / Medium:
Western Union granted patent for “exchanging alternative currencies”; 2009 filing didn't cite Bitcoin  —  AltCoin Alert: Western Union Obtains Alternative Currency Exchange System Patent from USPTO  —  Alternative value exchange systems and methods  —  Alternative value exchange systems and methods
More: Techdirt
Matthew Lynley / BuzzFeed:
Pinterest designer Jason Wilson on how the company built Guided Search  —  How Pinterest Developed Its New Search Engine  —  Jason Wilson, Pinterest's lead designer, tells BuzzFeed in an interview how the social network's visual search engine was born.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As a student …
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
USA Freedom Act unanimously clears House Judiciary Committee  —  Surveillance reform bill designed to prevent collection of US phone data in bulk and is first to proceed onto the House floor  —  Six months after it was written to restrain the National Security Agency's sweeping domestic surveillance …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Shares in mobile ad network Millennial Media drop over 40% in after-hours trading following worse than expected earnings  —  A Once-Hot Mobile Ad Network Is Crashing After Horrible Earnings  —  This is an eye-popper: Millennial Media is down 45% in after-hours trading following an earnings report that was worse than expected.

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