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May 14, 2014, 12:40 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.
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).
Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
FCC considers treating cable firms like utilities in net neutrality debate  —  US regulator has faced criticism after it appeared to suggest it was willing to create a ‘fast-lane internet’ for those who can pay  —  The top lawyer at the Federal Communications Commission confirmed on Tuesday …
Amir Mizroch / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Legal Blow: What ‘the Right to Be Forgotten’ Means  —  What's the bottom line?  —  The court's decision means that individuals can ask Google or other search operators to take down links to web pages that are published by third parties, such as newspapers, containing information relating to them.
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 …
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 …
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.
Ben Fox Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Google Glass Materials Cost $152, IHS Says  —  Firm Says Materials Are a Small Slice of Glass's Price—but Much of Cost Can Come From Engineering and Development  —  IHS Inc. this week came out with a new product teardown of Google Glass, saying the digital headset's hardware …
Anthony Myers / ReadWrite:
Salesforce Finally Connects Heroku To Its Cloud  —  Salesforce finally connected the powerful Heroku cloud application platform to its own database layer on Tuesday with the release of the Heroku Connect tool.  The move was promised last year when the company debuted its Salesforce1 mobile app …
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 …
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 …
Neil McAllister / The Register:
BlackBerry opens devices to third-party management - including its new, sub-$200 Z3  —  First Foxconn-built BlackBerry lands as Indonesian exclusive  —  Ailing BlackBerry has launched its first new mobe since John Chen took over as CEO in November, and to help drum up interest …
Yevgeniy Sverdlik / Data Center Knowledge:
Alibaba's Cloud Business Expands With Hong Kong Data Center  —  AliCloud, the cloud services arm of Chinese Internet giant Alibaba Group, has launched a data center in Hong Kong, which will be its first data center outside of mainland China.  —  The provider, also known as Aliyun …
R. Jai Krishna / Wall Street Journal:
India Antitrust Body Launches New Google Probe  —  NEW DELHI—India's antitrust body on Tuesday ordered a new probe into Google Inc..  —  The probe comes after a New Delhi-based company alleged the Internet giant blocked its advertisements because it competed with one of Google's businesses.

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