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May 8, 2014, 1:25 PM

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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.
Tammy Parker / FierceWireless:
Sprint slams on the brakes for top 5% of data users in congested areas  —  Sprint's (NYSE: S) pledge of unlimited data is looking increasingly less sustainable, as the carrier maneuvers to rein in network traffic generated by its heaviest data users and ensure quality of service for the majority of its customers.
Aaron Levie / The Box Blog:
Box strikes deal with GE to become the default file-sharing service of its 300,000+ employees  —  General Electric and User-Centric IT  —  I'm incredibly excited to share that General Electric has chosen Box as its corporate standard for content sharing and collaboration.
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
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.
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) …
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 …
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 …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Detect edited photos with image analyzer Izitru  —  Thanks to editing tools like Photoshop, it can be hard to tell what's real on the web.  There have been a number of forensic tools available to those wishing to investigate suspect images, but likely none so easy to use as Izitru …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.

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