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May 12, 2014, 10:15 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 …
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.
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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Bloomberg:
Facebook Said to Take Steps to Open a China Sales Office  —  Facebook Inc. (FB) is taking steps to open a sales office in China to work with local advertisers, according to people with knowledge of the matter, in a move that would put the social network's employees in the country for the first time …
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 …
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Office For iPad Apps Have Racked Up 27M Downloads In 46 Days  —  In just over a month, Office for iPad has picked up another 15 million downloads of its applications.  Microsoft reported 12 million downloads in early April, and 27 million today.  —  That's a massive figure.
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.
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.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Code.org says 20K teachers have introduced coding lessons to K-12 students since December  —  Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Lately, Coding  —  MILL VALLEY, Calif. — Seven-year-old Jordan Lisle, a second grader, joined his family at a packed after-hours school event last month aimed …

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