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May 11, 2014, 8:55 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 …
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 …
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.
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Microsoft will also announce a new Intel-based Surface on May 20  —  Microsoft and Intel moving ahead with Surface tablet  —  Chip giant won't be left out in the cold at the upcoming Microsoft Surface event.  —  Microsoft Surface Pro  —  While a smaller version of the Surface tablet …
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 …
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Kyle Russell / Business Insider:
Google Glass' first public sales display is a booth at a prestigious Florida golf tournament  —  Google Secretly Tried Selling Glass To Wealthy Golfers  —  Three weeks after putting Google Glass on sale for one day only, the search giant is trying out another tactic for getting …
Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
With competition from Amazon and publishers, most book startups are unlikely to succeed  —  Apple, Amazon and the uncertain future of the book startup  —  Over the past few years, I've encountered countless startups that claim they are going to disrupt or revolutionize book publishing.
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