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May 14, 2014, 11:15 PM

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Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
NSA Docs Detail Efforts To Collect Data From Microsoft's Skype, SkyDrive, And Outlook.com  —  Last July, Glenn Greenwald published a set of claims regarding a number of Microsoft services that were, especially at the time, unsettling: That Microsoft had helped the NSA “circumvent its encryption” …
More: Neowin
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.
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) …
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Firefox's adoption of closed-source DRM breaks my heart  —  I understand the pressure to support commercial video - but the browser makers can do more to defend free and open software  —  Future versions of the open-source Firefox browser will include closed-source digital rights management …
Brandon Bailey / Mercury News:
Google promises to release minority hiring figures, as activists protest outside shareholder meeting  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW — Prodded by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Google said Wednesday that it will reverse a long-held stance and reveal publicly how many minority workers are employed by the giant Internet company, in a report next month.
More: Google and ABC News
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 …
Henry K. Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Nextdoor CEO and former Epinions chief Nirav Tolia charged with felony hit-and-run after crash on US 101 that left a woman injured  —  Police-friendly tech CEO charged with hit-and-run  —  The CEO of Nextdoor, a social network designed to help neighbors connect with each other and police …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Flappy Bird to Return to the App Store in August, Will Be Multiplayer and ‘Less Addictive’  —  Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen today announced plans to return Flappy Bird to the App Store in August in a new interview with CNBC's Kelly Evans.  According to Nguyen, the new version of Flappy Bird …
Miguel Helft / Fortune:
Square expects to start turning a profit in about a year, has secured $225M line of credit  —  Square's status?  It's complicated  —  Exclusive: Internal documents show that the innovative payments company expects losses through mid-2015.  But then it predicts a turnaround.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Al-Qaeda's new homebrew crypto apps may make US intel-gathering easier  —  NSA spying revelations led to development of three new encryption apps.  —  Terrorists loyal to al Qaeda and its offshoots are using new encryption software, most likely in response to revelations that the National Security Agency …
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 …
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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google Apps to require SMS verification when a suspicious login is detected  —  Google gets tougher on suspicious Google Apps logins  —  Don't lose your smartphone: To thwart unauthorized access to Gmail and other services, Google is bringing aspects of dual-factor authentication to those who haven't signed up for it.
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Google's not sure how to bring its self-driving-car to market, talks regularly to auto makers  —  Google Talking to Auto Makers About Self-Driving Car  —  Google is talking to auto makers about how to bring its self-driving-car technology to market, executives said Tuesday.
More: CNN and VentureBeat

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