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May 9, 2014, 9:30 AM

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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.
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Beats founder Dr. Dre seemingly confirms Apple acquisition in a now-removed Facebook video, still visible on YouTube  —  Did Dr. Dre just confirm that Apple is buying Beats for $3.2 billion?  [Updated] … Apple is rumored to be acquiring Beats Electronics in a landmark deal worth $3.2 billion.
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.
Om Malik:
On Streaming: Apple, Beats & Spotify  —  In response to the rumors that Apple was buying Beats Audio for $3.2 billion, I sent out these three tweets.  — Someone wrote that Apple will get design help from Beats Audio.  LOL.  Beats design is done by an outside agency, started by ex-Apple peeps.
Michael Gold / Reuters:
Apple launching 4.7" iPhone 6 in August and larger model in September, claims Taiwanese report  —  Apple to unveil iPhone 6 in August, earlier than expected -report  —  Apple Inc will unveil the next incarnation of its popular iPhone series in August, one month earlier than industry watchers …
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.
Graham Spencer / MacStories:
Mapping The International Availability of Entertainment Services  —  It is 2014 and we live in a rapidly globalizing world.  Unfortunately, that is not always apparent from the technology press, which focuses primarily on developments in the US.  That is not meant as a slight against others …
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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 …
Tweets: @ac_hu
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost:
Facebook Rolls Out Audience Insights, Expands Targeting Capabilities  —  Appealing to audience-obsessed advertisers, Facebook just expanded its ability to target users based on their demographic traits, geography, and purchase history.  —  Unveiled on Thursday, the new Audience Insights service …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
ZTE Starts Selling $99 Firefox OS Phone in the U.S., Via eBay  —  While Firefox OS remains targeted at first-time smartphone buyers overseas, China's ZTE said Thursday it will start selling a model in the U.S. via eBay.  —  The ZTE Open C is listed for the “Buy It Now” price of $99.99.
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.
Jonathan Berger / The Box Blog:
Box Notes for lightweight editing leaves beta, rolls out now, available to all by early June  —  Box Notes is Here!  —  It's a big day for Box and the Box Notes team!  Today we're starting to roll out Box Notes to all users, and we expect it to be live for everyone by early June.
Mark Hachman / PC World:
Nvidia beats estimates as it expands into the cloud  —  Nvidia reported results for the April quarter that exceeded analyst expectations, as the company's customers favored its high-end graphics chips as well as new products for the data center.  —  Nvidia reported profits of $136.5 million …
Owen Williams / The Next Web:
8tracks releases major iOS overhaul as it prepares to take on music streaming's biggest players  —  The music wars are at a fever pitch, with Spotify, Google, Rdio, Pandora and the other big players in a full out war to win over users to their streaming services.

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