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May 9, 2014, 11:20 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.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Why Tim Cook might be interested in Beats  —  What Is Tim Cook Thinking?  Let's Read His Mind!  —  If Apple were Google or Facebook, its $3.2 billion deal-to-be for Beats wouldn't be that big of a deal.  —  Those guys drop billions all the time.  We just don't blink anymore.
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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.
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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Samsung Won't Be Launching Any New Products at May 28 Health Care Tech Event  —  A lot of people assumed when they saw a teaser invite from Samsung for a May 28 event that the company was looking to launch some new health-care product just ahead of Apple's developer conference the following week.
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.

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