Techmeme
May 9, 2014, 8:00 PM

Top News

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.
Jon Maples:
Apple buying Beats is an affordable bet on streaming to hedge against the decline of downloads  —  The Magic Numbers: How Apple Beats The Demise of Music Downloads  —  There are two numbers that you need to pay attention to in order to make sense of Apple's breathtaking acquisition of Beats Electronics.
Wall Street Journal:
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Facebook has pulled Poke and Facebook Camera from the App Store  —  Facebook Poke is dead  —  To Facebook, Poke was always “more of a joke” than anything else — so why did the company leave it in the App Store for more than a year after its troubled debut?  We may never know, but today, Facebook finally put an end to Poke.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Oracle wins Android-Java copyright appeal: API code copyrightable, new trial on fair use  —  The most spectacular decision in the ongoing smartphone IP disputes has been handed down today by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: District Judge William Alsup has been overruled …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Appeals Court Doesn't Understand The Difference Between Software And An API; Declares APIs Copyrightable  —  We sort of expected this to happen after the appeals court for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) held its oral arguments back in December, but CAFC has now spit at basic common sense and has declared that you can copyright an API.
More: Gigaom
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Web host gives FCC a 28.8Kbps slow lane in net neutrality protest  —  Lots of people are angry about FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's Internet “fast lane” proposal that would let Internet service providers charge Web services for priority access to consumers.  But one Web hosting service called NeoCities …
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.
Sam Altman / Y Combinator Posthaven:
Quora, now valued at $900M, to join YC's summer batch, “a new experiment for us”  —  Quora in the next YC batch  —  This month, YC will be participating in Quora's most recent investment round and Quora will be joining this summer's YC batch.  This is a new experiment for us …
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 …
Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom:
Boom!  Google integrates Chrome apps into the Mac OS X Finder  —  Google's strategy to use the Chrome browser as a desktop replacement took another step forward on Friday.  Users of Chrome Canary, an experimental version of Google's browser, can now associate Mac files with supporting Chrome apps in the Finder.
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 …
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
Several Twitter insiders sold shares after lockup expired, including COO Ali Rowghani  —  Twitter Insiders Sell After Lockup Expires  —  Twitter's stock took a beating on Tuesday, the first day that employees and early investors in the company could freely sell their shares after Twitter's initial public offering in November.
More: Mashable
Abhijeet M. / SamMobile:
EXCLUSIVE: First photos of Galaxy Tab S 10.5, Samsung's AMOLED tablet  —  We recently published exclusive info on Samsung's upcoming tablet with an AMOLED display, the Galaxy Tab S. The Galaxy Tab S will come in 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch variants and will be Samsung's return to OLED tablets …

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
If you could ask Bill Gates one question...  Teams from around the world are duking it out this week in the Imagine Cup.  At stake, a chance to meet Bill Gates.
Freshdesk:
How to not sound like a robot in your email notifications?  —  Your notifications don't have to be just notifications.  They can be another opportunity to charm your customers and to keep them hooked.  Learn how.
VMware:
Why Your Organization Needs a Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Plan  —  Businesses know they need to back up their data, their workloads and their applications in the event that disaster strikes.
Zoho:
Customer Spotlight: How One Company Went from No CRM to Zoho CRM Power Users  —  “We had evolved our CRM from spreadsheets, to Goldmine CRM and finally to ACT CRM, but we knew we needed to move to a native cloud-based CRM”
Pure Storage:
2014: Pure, EMC, HP, and Violin all Up Their Games  —  The past few months have seen bold announcements from EMC, HP, Violin, and of course Pure Storage, the net result of which is that the market has changed and moved forward appreciably.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 8:00 PM ET, May 9, 2014.

The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated.

More News

Dave Lee / BBC:

Earlier Picks