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May 13, 2014, 6:25 AM

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Vlad Savov / The Verge:
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.  Combining good-enough specs with solid build quality at an especially low price …
Yinka Adegoke / Billboard:
Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre could be unveiled as Apple executives at WWDC, deal to be announced later this week  —  Apple May Unveil Iovine, Dr. Dre Exec Appointments at June Conference  —  Apple could unveil Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre as its latest recruits at its Worldwide Developers' Conference in June …
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Paul Rosania / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter's new mute feature lets you hide users from your home timeline  —  Another way to edit your Twitter experience: with mute  —  Today we're beginning to introduce a new account feature called mute to people who use our iPhone and Android apps and twitter.com.
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 …
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 …
Jackie Dove / The Next Web:
Moju: a Vine-like app for sharing 24-frame animated photos viewed by twisting your iPhone left to right  —  Moju, a self-styled Instagram on steroids, showcases photos with an animated twist  —  There's still images and video; there's even multimedia images with sound effects …
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's ‘Mohoro’ Windows-as-a-service released as a public preview  —  Summary: Microsoft is entering the desktop-as-a-service space with its new Azure Remote App service, which is available as a free public preview.  —  Microsoft is releasing its desktop-as-a-service, codenamd 'Mohoro," in public preview form as of today, May 12.
More: CITEworld and ZDNet
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
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.
Wall Street Journal:
AT&T could seal deal to take over DirecTV within two weeks, for around $50B  —  AT&T Could Strike Deal For DirecTV In As Soon As Two Weeks  —  AT&T Would Likely Pay A Combination of Cash, Stock  —  AT&T Inc. is moving quickly to seal a takeover deal with DirecTV …
Steven Melendez / Motherboard:
How Non-Profits Are Cashing In on the Cryptocurrency Boom  —  Bitcoin is often discussed as the backbone of the online drug trade, an interesting speculative investment, or simply a futuristic way to order pizza.  But proponents say the cryptocurrency also has great potential for the nonprofit world.

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