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May 13, 2014, 9:50 PM

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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.
Richard Padilla / MacRumors:
Apple Preparing HD Audio Playback for iOS 8 Alongside New In-Ear Headphones and Lightning Cable  —  Apple is said to be introducing high definition audio playback in iOS 8 alongside new versions of its In-Ear Headphones and Lightning connector, according to a report from Mac Otakara (Google Translate).
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Google Search for iOS 4.0 adds new voice search options, more relevant results, and more  —  Google has updated its iOS search app to version 4.0, which introduces a variety of new and useful changes.  The app now recognizes new voice search cues and conversational input similar to the way Siri works.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Google starts selling Glass to anyone (in the US) with $1,500 to burn  —  Forget an Explorer program or attendance at either a developer conference or golf tournament, Google has just announced it's opening sales of the Glass headset to all (in the US).  As long as they're in stock and you have $1,500 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Yahoo acquires self-destructing messaging app Blink and entire team, will shut app down  —  Yahoo Acquires Self-Destructing Messaging App Blink, Which Will Soon Disappear  —  Blink, a mobile messaging application that lets users share self-destructing messages, has been acquired by Yahoo, TechCrunch has confirmed.
Lewis Scrafton / Guardian:
Google Maps adds public transport data across UK  —  Partnerships with National Express, Traveline and local tram and ferry firms have provided 17,000 routes across the country through Google's popular mapping tool  —  Travellers across Great Britain can now use Google Maps to plan …
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Popcorn Time for Android available for download via web after being pulled from Google Play  —  Popcorn Time Is Now On Android  —  Hollywood's worst nightmare just went mobile.  —  A popular fork of Popcorn Time just launched its Android app.  Time4Popcorn's Popcorn Time app is now available …
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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?
More: Haywire and ReadWriteTweets: @signejb
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Such hack, much sad: Doge Vault reportedly loses $56,000 in heist  —  On Tuesday, Doge Vault, one of the most popular online repositories for the cryptocurrency Dogecoin, formally acknowledged that it had been hacked two days earlier.  —  “On the 11th of May, the Doge Vault online wallet service …
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Senator seeks answers on Samsung's fingerprint scanner for Galaxy S5  —  Technology poses security concerns, says Franken  —  A U.S. senator Tuesday questioned Samsung on the privacy protections the company has in place for the fingerprint scanning technology on its recently released Galaxy S5 smartphone.
Pete Rizzo / CoinDesk:
BitPay Raises $30m in Record-Breaking Bitcoin Funding Round  —  Georgia, Atlanta-based bitcoin merchant processor BitPay has raised $30m in Series A funding in what is the largest-ever financing round to date for a bitcoin company.  —  The round was led by Index Ventures …

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Microsoft:
16-year-old uses Windows 8 to reconnect after being sidelined by a rare disorder  —  Ehlers-Danlos syndrome affects Alejandra Tristan's wrist, finger and other joints, making it difficult for her to do schoolwork and connect through social media.
Intel:
Disrupting the Data Center to Create the Digital Services Economy  —  I had the pleasure of joining Tom Krazit on stage at the Gigaom Structure'14 conference to share Intel's vision of the data center in support of the growth of the digital services economy.
VMware:
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Zoho:
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