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May 13, 2014, 9:00 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:
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 ......
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 …
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.
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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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 …
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.
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
British Spies Face Legal Action Over Secret Hacking Programs  —  British spy agency GCHQ (pictured above) stands accused of adopting illegal hacking tactics.  Barry Batchelor/PA Wire.  —  The United Kingdom's top spy agency is facing legal action following revelations published by The Intercept …

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