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May 9, 2014, 4:25 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 …
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.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
As Square Struggles, European Payments Rival iZettle Takes Another $55.5M In Funding  —  As mobile payment startup Square faces down reports that it's delaying an IPO amid growth problems and other pressures, iZettle, the Swedish mobile payments company that has been referred to as the Square of Europe …
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  —  The agreement has been more than four years in the making  —  BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media will send “educational” letters to customers believed to be downloading illegally.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Twitter backtracks, will provide full data to companies highlighting tweets for TV, even if they work with Facebook  —  Twitter Reverses Course, Decides to Play Nicely with Facebook, TV Networks  —  Twitter has decided to get along with Facebook, after all.  —  At least when it comes to displaying posts on TV.
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?

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