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May 13, 2014, 11:20 AM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple plans to match Microsoft Surface with split-screen iPad multitasking in iOS 8  —  iOS 8 is likely to supercharge the functionality of Apple's iPad with a new split-screen multitasking feature, according to sources with knowledge of the enhancement in development.
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Sources: Xbox Live to remove Gold requirement for Netflix, Hulu  —  Coming soon, according to internal Microsoft sources: two fewer white dots on this promotional card.  —  We can report that multiple sources within Microsoft have been briefed on plans to make a long-awaited change …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU top court upholds “right to be forgotten”, says Google must edit sensitive search results  —  Europe's top court backs ‘right to be forgotten’ in Google case  —  (Reuters) - Europe's top court sided with privacy rights supporters on Tuesday, saying that world No. 1 search engine Google …
Om Malik / Gigaom:
The 1999 tech bubble was about naive optimism, but now it's about gross entitlement  —  Is it really a tech bubble, or is it something else?  —  Adam Lashinsky, in a piece for Fortune last week, wrote at length about the question that has crossed the minds of everyone north of San Jose: are we in a bubble?
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Motorola adds LTE to Moto G, launches $129 Moto E  —  Motorola adds LTE to Moto G, introduces an even cheaper Moto E  —  Shipping with Android 4.4 and a guaranteed upgrade to the next major version of Android  —  The Moto G is the best selling smartphone in Motorola history.
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 …
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
Microsoft lowers Xbox One price to $400 without Kinect  —  Is the $500 asking price of Xbox One too rich for your blood?  Turns out you're not alone, and Microsoft's responding: the price of the Xbox One is dropping to $400, and the company's dropping Kinect from the box as well.  Developing ......
More: The Verge and BGR
Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
AT&T customers can connect their GM 4G cars to shared data plans for $10 a month  —  If you were thinking about buying one of General Motors' new-fangled 4G cars this summer but were wondering how much that LTE connectivity would cost you, then GM and AT&T today provided an answer.
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 …
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
TV Ad Dollars Slowly Shifting to Web Video  —  Increasing Portion of Broadcast and Cable Budgets Follow Younger Audience Online  —  Online video outlets are finally starting to chip away at television's hold on advertisers.  —  Several major advertisers, including MasterCard …
Matt McGee / Marketing Land:
Twitter's New Mute Feature Means Brand Visibility Is No Sure Thing  —  Brand visibility on Twitter became a bit murky today.  —  Twitter announced the rollout of a new “mute” feature.  It lets Twitter users continue to follow other accounts, but without actually seeing any of the other account's activity.
Paul Rosania / The Twitter Blog:
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.
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.
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:
Sticking With Wells Fargo as Sole LP, Norwest Raises $1.2 Billion Fund  —  Norwest Venture Partners has closed its 12th fund, Norwest Venture Partners XII LP, at $1.2 billion-the same size as its last fund, which the firm raised in late 2009.  —  Norwest is one of a handful of venture capital firms …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Sony reportedly puts its OLED TV efforts on hold  —  There were hints that Sony's OLED TV plans were in trouble when the company's collaboration with Panasonic went south last year, and it now looks like those efforts have stalled out completely.  Nikkei reports that Sony has put development of OLED sets …
Serdar Yegulalp / InfoWorld:
Apple working on a JavaScript accelerator for WebKit which doesn't require the use of asm.js  —  Apple has its own JavaScript accelerator in the works  —  Apple's FTLJIT project aims to give JavaScript a boost, and it doesn't require the use of asm.js for its speed improvements
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