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May 14, 2014, 11:40 AM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iPhone 6 with larger, sharper 1704 x 960 resolution screen in testing  —  Apple is preparing to release a new iPhone with a larger screen later this year, and while multiple reports have indicated that the screen will be larger, the exact dimensions of the screen and its resolution have so far been guesswork.
Adam Pash:
Switching from iPhone to Android loses incoming iMessages, senders still get delivery receipt  —  iMessage purgatory  —  I recently switched from an iPhone to Android, and discovered shortly thereafter that my phone number was still associated with iMessage, meaning that any time someone …
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.
Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Consumer Watchdog objects to Eric Schmidt's appointment to NY's “Smart Schools” advisory group, citing “unlawful conflicts of interest”  —  Eric Schmidt Has an Interest.  Is It a Conflict?  —  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York last month appointed a three-person commission …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Stealth startup alert: Skype co-founder ventures into health and wearables with Project Florida  —  Skype's co-founder Janus Friis is looking to take on Fitbit with a new data-heavy health and wellness-focused wearable device, and he's assembled a high-profile team to do so …
Charlie O'Donnell / This is going to be Big:
The Economics of a Small VC Fund  —  Two years ago I started a fund.  For the fund to be viable, it had to be at least $5 million, but somewhere in the neighborhood of $8-10 million would have been perfect.  Thankfully, that's what I raised—$8.3 million.  —  So how does it work?
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Apple's iOS Human Interface Guidelines Now On The iBooks Store  —  Previously available on the web from Apple's developer portal, the company's iOS Human Interface Guidelines are now on the iBooks Store as a free download (via Dave Addey).  The 20 MB guide is compatible with iPads …
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 …
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Surface Pro 3 might join Microsoft's Surface mini unveiling next week  —  Microsoft is holding a Surface press event in New York City next week, but the company may have accidentally revealed one of the announcements.  In a support article published yesterday, Microsoft says a fresh update for Windows 8.1 …
Stig Øyvann / ZDNet:
Apple's ‘convoluted and unclear’ iCloud agreements break Norwegian law, says watchdog  —  Summary: Norway's Consumer Council has filed a complaint about iCloud 8,600 word EULA.  —  The Norwegian Consumer Council has filed a complaint over the terms and conditions of Apple's iCloud service …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Good news for privacy: Fewer servers sending e-mail naked, Facebook finds  —  Server-to-server e-mail encryption using the STARTTLS protocol has reached an important tipping point that hardens the majority of messages Facebook sends its users against wholesale snooping by well-financed adversaries …
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 …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Windows Store updated with persistent navigation bar, multiple featured titles, and shared app identities  —  Microsoft today updated the Windows Store, which ships on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 devices, with enhancements “that address customer feedback and make it a lot easier to find the apps you want.”
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
New Zealand requires network operators to register with cops, give spies oversight of their network ops  —  Juha writes, “When the rest of the world decides to scrutinise and dial down mass surveillance of Internet users, New Zealand does the opposite.  From now on, network operators …
More: iTnews.com.au and ZDNet
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 …

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