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May 13, 2014, 10:15 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:
Chris Kohler / Wired:
Microsoft Had No Choice but to Yank Kinect From Xbox One  —  Xbox One just got dis-Kinected: Microsoft said this morning that on June 9, it will begin selling a $400 version of its Xbox One console that does not include the Kinect camera peripheral.  —  This would seem to confirm …
More: CNN, Polygon, VG247, Gizmodo UK and KotakuTweets: @tha_rami
Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
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.
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.
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 …
More: Ubergizmo
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.

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