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May 8, 2014, 12:10 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.
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) …
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.
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.
More: BGR, iMore and DSLreports
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
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

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