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May 15, 2014, 10:00 AM

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FRONTLINE:
“United States of Secrets”: How the Government Came to Spy on Millions of Americans  —  United States of Secrets  —  How did the government come to spy on millions of Americans?  —  In United States of Secrets, a two-part series airing May 13 and 20, FRONTLINE goes behind …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Photos of an NSA “upgrade” factory show Cisco router getting implant  —  Servers, routers get “beacons” implanted at secret locations by NSA's TAO team.  —  A document included in the trove of National Security Agency files released with Glenn Greenwald's book No Place to Hide details …
Larry Page / Google:
2013 Founders' Letter  —  Sergey and I started Google because we wanted “to develop services that significantly improve the lives of as many people as possible” (Founders' IPO Letter, 2004).  We've stayed true to that mission, placing long-term bets on new technologies that users truly love …
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Schmidt Says Europe Court Struck Wrong Balance in Privacy Case  —  Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt told shareholders Wednesday that Europe's top court erred when it ruled that the search engine can be forced to erase links to Web content about individuals.
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
Politician and paedophile ask Google to ‘be forgotten’  —  The right-to-be-forgotten ruling set a precedent for the removal of search results in Europe  —  Google has received fresh takedown requests after a European court ruled that an individual could force it to remove “irrelevant and outdated” search results, the BBC has learned.
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
German Regulator Says Google Promises ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Mechanism in Two Weeks  —  Google Inc. will create a mechanism for German users to request the removal of links to information about them from the company's popular search engine within the next two weeks, German privacy officials said Thursday …
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Apple's Beats Deal May Not Be Finalized Until Next Week  —  More time for people to speculate about what it all means: Apple's planned deal to buy Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion may not be finalized until next week, according to people familiar with the transaction.
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
HTC's One Mini 2 is an awkwardly named, cut-down version of the excellent One M8  —  There's a lot riding on today's announcement.  A smaller, cheaper, perhaps more mainstream version of the lovely (but long) HTC One M8 could be a good thing not only for phone buyers, but also for HTC itself …
Aloysius Low / CNET News:
Xiaomi Mi Pad is a $240 plastic iPad Mini lookalike  —  Xiaomi's first slate sports a 7.9-inch display with resolution equal to Apple's Retina Display of 2,048x1,536-pixels and is powered by Nvidia's Tegra K1 processor.  —  Aloysius Low/CNET  —  BEIJING, China—If you ever wondered …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Comcast plans data caps for all customers in 5 years, could be 500GB  —  A Comcast executive said he expects the company will roll out “usage-based billing”—what most people call “data caps”—to all of its customers within five years.  —  Speaking with investors today (transcript) …
Wall Street Journal:
Samsung says Galaxy S5 sales reached 11M since launch in early April, outpacing S4 sales  —  Samsung Says New Galaxy S5 Is Off to Strong Start  —  Early Sales Suggest Samsung's Smartphone Business Is Regaining Momentum  —  SUWON, South Korea—In a sign that Samsung Electronics Co.'s smartphone business …
Dylan Tweney / VentureBeat:
OpenDNS raises $35M for its security and content-filtering servers  —  How can big data and smart analytics ignite growth for your company?  Find out at DataBeat, May 19-20 in San Francisco, from top data scientists, analysts, investors, and entrepreneurs.  There are less than 50 tickets left!
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
Warner, Universal, Sony Buy Stakes in Music App Shazam  —  Shazam Entertainment, the music-identification app, landed small investments from the world's biggest record companies, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Warner Music Group owner Access Industries …
Gareth Beavis / TechRadar:
OnePlus One is only $299 because it's sold at cost, says CEO Peter Lau  —  Revealed: the reason the OnePlus One is so cheap  —  EXCLUSIVE New brand relying on word of mouth over marketing … OnePlus CEO Peter Lau has revealed to TechRadar how the company is able to offer its flagship handset …
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Creative Commons Picks Former Mozilla COO Ryan Merkley as CEO  —  Creative Commons, the nonprofit organization that helps enable online content usage, has named a new CEO: Ryan Merkley, who was formerly COO of the Mozilla Foundation and managing director of market research firm Vision Critical.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook For iOS Tries Popping Up Cards Of Related Content To Browse After You Post  —  Facebook is taking a swing at suggesting contextual content to keep you surfing after you share.  A new test on iOS surfaces related content cards including photos of restaurants you say you're at …

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