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May 12, 2014, 5:30 PM

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Yinka Adegoke / Billboard:
Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre could be unveiled as Apple executives at WWDC, deal to be announced later this week  —  Apple May Unveil Iovine, Dr. Dre Exec Appointments at June Conference  —  Apple could unveil Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre as its latest recruits at its Worldwide Developers' Conference in June …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Paul Rosania / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter's new mute feature lets you hide users from your home timeline  —  Another way to edit your Twitter experience: with mute  —  Today we're beginning to introduce a new account feature called mute to people who use our iPhone and Android apps and twitter.com.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Visual Studio goes cross platform with Cordova integration from Microsoft  —  At its TechEd conference today, Microsoft announced the next step in its “mobile first, cloud first” strategy with a preview of Apache Cordova support in Visual Studio.  Cordova is a toolkit for building apps for iOS …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's ‘Mohoro’ Windows-as-a-service released as a public preview  —  Summary: Microsoft is entering the desktop-as-a-service space with its new Azure Remote App service, which is available as a free public preview.  —  Microsoft is releasing its desktop-as-a-service, codenamd 'Mohoro," in public preview form as of today, May 12.
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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
One plaintiff in Silicon Valley no-hire agreement lawsuit asks judge to reject the deal his own lawyers negotiated  —  Plaintiff Maligns Deal in Silicon Valley Suit  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has more than $150 billion in the bank, eclipsing the combined cash reserves of Israel and Britain.
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
NSA routinely receives or intercepts US-made routers and servers to implant backdoors before international shipping  —  how the NSA tampers with US-made internet routers  —  The NSA has been covertly implanting interception tools in US servers heading overseas - even though the US government …
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Reuters:
Exclusive: Air traffic system failure caused by computer memory shortage  —  (Reuters) - A common design problem in the U.S. air traffic control system made it possible for a U-2 spy plane to spark a computer glitch that recently grounded or delayed hundreds of Los Angeles area flights …
Wall Street Journal:
AT&T could seal deal to take over DirecTV within two weeks, for around $50B  —  AT&T Could Strike Deal For DirecTV In As Soon As Two Weeks  —  AT&T Would Likely Pay A Combination of Cash, Stock  —  AT&T Inc. is moving quickly to seal a takeover deal with DirecTV …

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