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May 10, 2014, 5:50 AM

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
AT&T claims common carrier rules would ruin the whole Internet  —  AT&T today urged the Federal Communications Commission to avoid reclassifying broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service, which is something network neutrality advocates are asking the FCC to do.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine expected to take on senior roles at Apple as part of Beats acquisition  —  Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine Would Both Join Apple in Beats Deal  —  Duo Could Help Tim Cook Broker Deals in Music Industry  —  Music mogul Jimmy Iovine gravitates to the limelight in a way that previously might …
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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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.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple trade-in promotion begins: up to $99 for iPhone 4, $199 for 4s towards purchase of 5s, 5c  —  Apple kicks off its big in-store iPhone upgrade event  —  In line with our earlier report, Apple has just kicked off a big iPhone trade-in event at its U.S. retail stores …
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
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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 …
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.
Gwynn Guilford / Quartz:
All the Western companies you'd have to combine to get something like Alibaba  —  Alibaba, which filed for its IPO on May 6, isn't just the “Amazon of China”—it's also the Dropbox, PayPal, Uber, Hulu, ING Direct, and more.  Though Google has its fingers in a similarly high volume of pies …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Kik introduces a virtual currency to encourage engagement and (potentially) make money  —  Messaging apps are the flavor of this year, as evidenced by Facebook's $19 billion WhatsApp deal, but lately we've barely heard from Kik, the Canadian startup that beats WhatsApp, Snapchat and others in the US market.
More: ElectronistaThanks:@jonrussell
Stephen Lawson / InfoWorld:
Cisco's Internet of things chief resigns  —  Guido Jouret led Cisco's efforts to link sensors, machines, and other equipment — a trend predicted to generate $19 trillion in value over the next 10 years  —  Cisco Systems' point man on the Internet of things (IoT) has resigned just as industries start …

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