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May 14, 2014, 9:55 AM

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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.
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 …
More: 9to5Mac, PandoDaily and App AdviceTweets: @jasonh
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Phil Libin / Evernote Blog:
Evernote announces 100M registered users, says it spent less than $0.01 per user on ads  —  We Have 100 Million People to Thank  —  We're humbled and thrilled to announce that Evernote now has over 100 million total users!  —  There are two ways to look at this.
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 …
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.”
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Oracle faces scrutiny over $1.3-bln damages verdict against SAP  —  A U.S. appeals court appeared skeptical on Tuesday about reinstating a $1.3-billion-dollar verdict won by Oracle against SAP, in a case where the European software company admitted massive copyright infringement by one of its business units.
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
British Spies Face Legal Action Over Secret Hacking Programs  —  British spy agency GCHQ (pictured above) stands accused of adopting illegal hacking tactics.  Barry Batchelor/PA Wire.  —  The United Kingdom's top spy agency is facing legal action following revelations published by The Intercept …

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