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May 8, 2014, 10:40 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple in final talks to acquire Beats for $3.2b, deal could be announced next week  —  According to the Financial Times, Apple is in late-stage talks with Beats to acquire the music streaming and headphone maker for a deal worth $3.2 billion.  The deal could be announced as soon as next week, according to the report.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Why Apple Is Betting Big on Beats: Hardware for Now, Streaming for Later  —  Apple is set to make the biggest purchase in its history: A $3 billion-plus deal for Beats, the company that sells high-end headphones and recently launched a streaming music service.
Harry McCracken / TIME:
My First 7 Questions About This Apple-Beats Deal (Which, By the Way, I'm Not Assuming Is Happening)  —  If it's real, here's hoping it's brilliant in a way which isn't immediately obvious  —  When you hear that Apple may buy a well-known company, it's dangerous to assume that it's going to happen.
Mark Josephson / bitly blog:
Bitly accounts compromised; change API key, reset password, and reconnect social accounts  —  Urgent Security Update Regarding Your Bitly Account  —  We have reason to believe that Bitly account credentials have been compromised.  We have no indication at this time that any accounts have been accessed without permission.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
50 leading tech investors tells the FCC a pay-to-play internet would kill startups  —  Venture capitalist are anxiously awaiting the agency's new plan for an open internet  —  Would it be possible to build the next YouTube or the next Netflix if big ISPs like Comcast and Verizon were allowed …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Comcast is the one who should pay for network connections, Cogent claims  —  Internet backbone operator Cogent has long expressed its displeasure with Comcast's demands for payment in exchange for accepting Netflix video and other traffic.Comcast has argued that the data Netflix sends …
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Snapchat settles with FTC over misleading marketing, address book collection, security breach; no monetary penalty imposed  —  Snapchat Reaches Settlement With Federal Trade Commission  —  The disappearing act of messages on Snapchat, the mobile messaging service, has not been as foolproof as the company promised.
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Reporter offered pre-IPO shares by Arista Networks, considers it another sign of a tech bubble  —  Yes, we're in a tech bubble.  Here's how I know it  —  When tech startups are willing to offer almost anyone — even a journalist — shares ahead of an I.P.O., a burst isn't terribly far behind.
Sam Biddle / Valleywag:
Goodbye to Katie Cotton, the Queen of Evil Tech PR  —  After 18 years of spin, Katie Cotton, Apple's magnetically ruthless vice president of worldwide corporate communications, has left her job, and tributes from the tech press are pouring in.  What no one will admit is that we were all afraid of her.
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.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
OnePlus One review: A $300 phone that looks, feels, and acts like a premium device  —  OnePlus One review: a $300 smartphone has never looked so good  —  Look at your phone.  If you can honestly admit that you love every single thing about it, I have good news: You can stop reading this review …
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Richard Nieva / CNET News:
California Senate approves smartphone ‘kill-switch’ bill  —  After failing in the state Senate two weeks ago, a bill requiring that device makers include antitheft software on phones sold in the state passes muster.  —  State Sen. Mark Leno and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon introducing the …
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.
Amin Lakhani / MSDN Blogs:
New in IE11 for Windows Phone: synced browsing data across devices, in-line video playback, more  —  What's new in Internet Explorer 11 for Windows Phone  —  You may have been hearing bits and pieces of news about IE11 on Windows Phone 8.1, and we're excited to share the full scoop on user experience improvements with you today!
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
OMsignal unveils ‘biometric smartwear’ T-shirts for fitness geeks, quantified selfers, and you  —  What's next in mobile?  Find out at MobileBeat, VentureBeat's 7th annual event on the future of mobile, on July 8-9 in San Francisco.  Register now and save $400!  —  Smart wearables are here, and they're huge.
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Stock Investment And Wealth Management Service Motif Investing Raises $35 Million  —  Retail investors in the U.S. looking for ways to play the stock market have several startups offering them services, and now Motif Investing has raised $35 million in late-stage funding from new backers to take its services worldwide.

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