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May 8, 2014, 11:05 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.
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 …
Bloomberg:
Nintendo Plans to Sell New Consoles for Emerging Markets in 2015  —  Nintendo Co. (7974), the Japanese video-game company struggling to win over consumers with its latest generation of consoles, plans to expand in emerging markets with new gaming devices starting next year.
William Alden / New York Times:
Science Inc. buys Delicious from YouTube co-founders' Avos Systems for an undisclosed sum  —  YouTube Founders to Sell Delicious, a Social Bookmarking Site  —  The social bookmarking service Delicious has changed hands twice over the last decade, while failing to attract a mainstream audience.
More: The Next WebTweets: @marshallk
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Apple publishes new legal process guidelines for law enforcement information requests  —  Earlier this month Apple announced its decision to notify customers of law enforcement requests for user information.  Today the company also published a new set of guidelines for law enforcement officials regarding …
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.
David Peisner / Rolling Stone:
The Wizard of Minecraft  —  Markus Persson, a.k.a. Notch, is gaming's biggest rock star.  But he may never make a second album  —  It's a wet monday morning in Stockholm, and the door to Markus Persson's office is closed.  The wooden blinds to the windows that look out at the 35 employees of his company …
More: Gamasutra and JoystiqTweets: @sai
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Online Learning Marketplace Udemy Raises $32M To Scale Up Internationally  —  Long time player in the online learning space, Udemy, which has built a skills-based marketplace where individual tutors can sell their skills and learners can get access to courses (both paid and free) …
New York Times:
The Unlikely Ascent of Jack Ma, Alibaba's Founder  —  HONG KONG — The first time Jack Ma used the Internet, in 1995, he searched for “beer” and “China” but found no results.  Intrigued, he created a basic web page for a Chinese translation service with a friend.
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
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Taser equips London's cops with on-body cameras  —  Camera cops are coming to Camden  —  In the world's biggest pilot scheme of its kind, London's Metropolitan Police is today deploying 500 wearable cameras as part of its officers' emergency response kit.  Provided by Taser …
David Pogue / Yahoo:
Adobe Voice, a free iPad app that lets you make ‘explainer’ videos  —  Adobe Voice: A Happy App for Making Explainer Videos  —  You know Adobe, right?  —  This is the company that makes extremely complex software for professionals.  This is the company whose flagship product, Photoshop, has over 500 menu commands.
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) …
More: The Verge
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 …
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Hipstamatic takes on Vine with Cinamatic, a new iOS app for shooting square-format videos  —  Vine ushered in a new era of quick, sharable videos shot and edited with a mobile device.  Instagram followed suit last summer and today, Hipstamatic is joining the fray with a new iOS app called Cinamatic.
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.
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
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 …
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.

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