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May 12, 2014, 1:00 PM

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Gautham Nagesh / Wall Street Journal:
FCC chair updates proposed broadband rules after criticism, seeks comment on reclassification  —  Agency Won't Let Firms Segregate Web Traffic Into Fast, Slow Lanes  —  The head of the Federal Communications Commission is revising proposed rules for regulating broadband Internet …
Jeff Sommer / New York Times:
Tim Wu, who developed the concept of net neutrality, says it should be protected by regulation  —  Defending the Open Internet  —  The future of the Internet — which means the future of communications, culture, free speech and innovation — is up for grabs.
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
FCC chair tries to salvage net neutrality plan, promises to be strong cop in revised rules  —  Under immense public pressure, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is attempting to salvage a plan that would allow Internet service providers to charge content companies such as Netflix …
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Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Square Finally Gives Up on Square Wallet and Bets on New Order-Ahead App  —  The grand Square Wallet experiment is over.  As of today, Square has pulled the app from the Apple and Google app stores.  At the same time, it is introducing Square Order, an app that lets shoppers place pick-up orders from …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Azure Gets New Tools For Hybrid Clouds And Simplified Cloud Storage Service For Businesses  —  Today is a big day for Microsoft.  It's making a large number of announcements around its developer tools at its enterprise-centric TechEd event in Houston today and in addition …
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple interested in Beats for paid streaming conversion rate, plans to improve its headphones  —  Apple's Deep Ties With Iovine Key Driver of Beats Deal  —  When news spread last week that Apple Inc. (AAPL) was near an acquisition of Beats Electronics LLC for $3.2 billion …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Andreessen-inspired Tweetstorms™ are inconsiderate, and maybe abusive, to Twitter followers  —  Why Twitter's Newest Tweetstorm™ Trend Must Be Stopped  —  Twitter's sanity depends on it.  —  Warzel/BuzzFeed  —  Here's a thing you probably haven't noticed unless …
Danny Crichton / TechCrunch:
Alibaba Is Not A Threat To US Internet Companies  —  Everybody loves superlatives, and it is definitely Superlatives Week for the tech press.  Alibaba's IPO will represent “surely one of tech's largest ever” Kara Swisher of Re/code intoned.  Heather Somerville and Brandon Bailey …

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