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May 13, 2014, 4:25 AM

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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 …
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.
Dylan Tweney / VentureBeat:
Uber brings a cheaper SUV service, UberXL, to San Francisco  —  Above: An Uber SUV.  Not to be confused with the much cheaper UberXL SUV.  —  For those times when the party is not just breaking up, but moving to a whole new location, the typical Uber car might feel a little cramped.
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.
More: CITEworld and ZDNet
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
YouTube shuts down public RSS feeds of user subscriptions  —  If you're a news junky, you probably use an RSS reader like Feed.ly to keep up with stuff on the Web.  One of the nicest ways to consume YouTube subscriptions was to use an RSS feed of new videos, allowing them to show up just like news articles do.
Dale Russakoff / New Yorker:
Zuckerberg's $100M pledge in 2010 to reform Newark schools has had little benefit to students  —  SCHOOLED - Cory Booker, Chris Christie, and Mark Zuckerberg had a plan to reform Newark's schools.  They got an education.  —  Late one night in December, 2009, a black Chevy Tahoe in a caravan …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Shortwave Shows Off Anonymous Chat As Another Consumer Use Case For iBeacons  —  Apple's iBeacons are being trialled and demoed in retail settings all over the place, but they're slowly becoming more interesting to average users, too.  A new app called Shortwave offers up an everyday use case …
More: SlashGear
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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