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May 11, 2014, 3:30 PM

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Russell Holly / Geek.com:
Google testing complete redesign, new features for web Gmail similar to leaked test on Android  —  Google is testing new web-based Gmail features  —  Google's products are constantly tested behind the scenes for potential new features, and since Gmail is just about as high as you can get on that list …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Apple buying Beats could radically transform the digital music business  —  There are still many unknowns about Apple's reported acquisition of headphone maker Beats Audio, but one thing is already certain: The deal, if it goes through as reported, is going to be a game changer for digital music.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
The history of Beats Electronics: from inception to Apple  —  Image Credit: Flickr / Twang Photography  —  Before Apple makes its Beats acquisition truly official, join us for a trip down context lane.  —  Sure, every tech pundit with Internet access has weighed in on why the $3.2 billion deal …
Wall Street Journal:
Samsung Plans to Launch Tizen Smartphone in Russia, India  —  Company Aiming to Compete More Directly With Google and Apple  —  Samsung Electronics Co. is preparing to launch a new smartphone in Russia and India based on its homegrown operating system Tizen, people familiar with the matter say …
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Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Interview with Adam Stiles, the developer who created the first tabbed web browser in 1998  —  Meet The Man Who Invented The Browser Tab  —  Adam Stiles recalls “the first tab” and how he came to create the atomic unit of internet navigation.  —  In the summer of 1997 …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Snapchat's 20-year agreement to be monitored by the FTC probably won't improve users' privacy  —  Another Tech Company Finds the F.T.C. Looking Over Its Shoulder  —  Snapchat just joined the F.T.C. club.  —  The company that makes the popular messaging app agreed on Thursday to a settlement …
Henn Idan / GeekTime:
Report: Qualcomm in talks to purchase Israeli Wilocity for $300 million  —  Israeli start-up Wilocity, which develops chipsets for wireless communications, is in talks with American giant Qualcomm for a potential sale, according to a report published on Marker.
David Barboza / New York Times:
Red-Hot Web in China Richly Rewards Foreign Investors  —  SHENZHEN, China -It is one of the best investments of the digital age.  —  In June 2001, a South African media company called Naspers paid $34 million to acquire a big stake in a struggling Chinese start-up.
Mat Honan / Wired:
Square could capitalize on the aggregate transaction data it has collected for years  —  Square Turned Dollars Into Data.  Now It'll Turn That Data Into Gold  —  If you want to build a sports stadium that generates lots of money not just for the team, but also for local businesses in the surrounding area …
More: Engadget

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