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May 15, 2014, 6:50 AM

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FRONTLINE:
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 the headlines to reveal the dramatic inside story of the U.S. government's massive and controversial secret …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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!
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 …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Google Glass Aims To Entice Travelers With New TripIt, Foursquare, And OpenTable Integrations  —  A day after Google announced that it will sell Google Glass to anyone in the United States, the company is unveiling some new “Glassware” (basically, Google Glass apps) that's supposed to be particularly useful for travelers.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Research project Cider brings iOS apps to Android devices  —  Six PhD students at Columbia University's Department of Computer Science have developed Cider, an OS compatibility architecture capable of running iOS apps on Android.  Rather than using a strict virtual machine …
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 …

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