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May 9, 2014, 10:05 AM

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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.
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.
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.
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.
Graham Spencer / MacStories:
Mapping The International Availability of Entertainment Services  —  It is 2014 and we live in a rapidly globalizing world.  Unfortunately, that is not always apparent from the technology press, which focuses primarily on developments in the US.  That is not meant as a slight against others …
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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.
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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Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost:
Facebook Rolls Out Audience Insights, Expands Targeting Capabilities  —  Appealing to audience-obsessed advertisers, Facebook just expanded its ability to target users based on their demographic traits, geography, and purchase history.  —  Unveiled on Thursday, the new Audience Insights service …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
ZTE Starts Selling $99 Firefox OS Phone in the U.S., Via eBay  —  While Firefox OS remains targeted at first-time smartphone buyers overseas, China's ZTE said Thursday it will start selling a model in the U.S. via eBay.  —  The ZTE Open C is listed for the “Buy It Now” price of $99.99.
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 …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Jonathan Berger / The Box Blog:
Box Notes for lightweight editing leaves beta, rolls out now, available to all by early June  —  Box Notes is Here!  —  It's a big day for Box and the Box Notes team!  Today we're starting to roll out Box Notes to all users, and we expect it to be live for everyone by early June.
Mark Hachman / PC World:
Nvidia beats estimates as it expands into the cloud  —  Nvidia reported results for the April quarter that exceeded analyst expectations, as the company's customers favored its high-end graphics chips as well as new products for the data center.  —  Nvidia reported profits of $136.5 million …

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