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May 9, 2014, 12:05 PM

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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.
Wall Street Journal:
Beats' CEO Jimmy Iovine industry clout could help strengthen iTunes Radio, generate more ad revenue  —  Apple in Talks to Buy Beats Electronics for $3.2 Billion  —  Apple Inc. is preparing to bolster its streaming-music business with a proposed $3.2 billion deal to acquire Beats Electronics LLC …
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.
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.
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.
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Beats' CEO Jimmy Iovine in talks to join Apple as Tim Cook's “special adviser” on creative matters  —  Beats Electronics boss Jimmy Iovine is in talks to join Apple  —  Beats Electronics boss and veteran music industry executive Jimmy Iovine is in talks to join Apple as a …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Apple hires Ari Partinen, senior engineer who worked on Nokia's PureView camera technology  —  Apple just hired one of Nokia's PureView camera experts  —  Now that Nokia is out of the smartphone game, many of its key engineers are undoubtedly considering their options.
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 …
Luke Westaway / CNET News:
Netflix price hike is $1 extra per month, £1 in UK and €1 in Europe  —  The new, higher price only affects new subscribers, the streaming service says, with existing Netflix customers exempt from paying extra for two years.  —  Netflix  —  Netflix has issued the first details …
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.
Dave Lee / BBC:
UK ISPs agree to begin sending out warnings to customers who pirate content from next year  —  Deal to combat piracy in UK with ‘alerts’ is imminent  —  Lawyer Steve Kuncewicz: “There's no punitive backstop to any of this”  —  After years of wrangling, a deal between entertainment industry bodies …
Hugh Langley / TechRadar:
Project Morpheus was built into PS4 from the start - we just didn't know it  —  EXCLUSIVE It's all part of the plan … Sony caused a lot of fuss when it confirmed that there would be no way of turning off the DualShock 4's light bar (the tyranny!), but do you want to know why it was really on there?
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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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Intel Pays Up To $30M For A Personal Assistant Platform From Ginger Software  —  Apple has Siri, and now Intel has Ginger.  The chipmaker has made one more acquisition to bolster its advanced computing and artificial intelligence holdings: it has purchased selected assets, and hired talent …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Oracle wins Android-Java copyright appeal: API code copyrightable, new trial on fair use  —  [BREAKING NEWS — DEVELOPING STORY — check back later for further detail]  —  The most spectacular decision in the ongoing smartphone IP disputes has been handed down today by the United States Court …
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Dan Levine / Reuters:
US appeals court dismisses class action wiretap claims against Facebook and Zynga, plaintiffs can pursue privacy policy breach case  —  Wiretap claims fail against Facebook, Zynga in disclosure lawsuit  —  Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's co-founder and chief executive introduces 'Home …
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 …

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