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May 15, 2014, 3:10 PM

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC votes for Internet “fast lanes,” but could change its mind later  —  The Federal Communications Commission today voted in favor of a preliminary proposal to allow Internet “fast lanes,” while asking the public for comment on whether the commission should change the proposal before enacting final rules later this year.
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
Here's that FCC net neutrality compromise everyone demanded.  And here's the problem.  —  On Thursday, the FCC commissioners voted 3-2 to approve a framework for net neutrality rules that continue to favor the creation of an internet fast lane while exploring a line of inquiry into the idea …
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
Politician and pedophile among individuals requesting link removals from Google after EU right-to-be-forgotten ruling  —  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
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 …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Backed By Google Ventures And Eric Schmidt, Urban Engines Wants To Solve Urban Congestion Using Data Intelligence  —  It's no secret that as our population grows, buses, trains and other transportation infrastructure in cities are becoming more congested.  Public transportation departments …
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Foursquare Launches Swarm Check-in App for iOS and Android  —  Foursquare was founded on check-ins.  When the original app emerged in 2009, it blossomed on the idea that you could broadcast your location and see where your friends were, all while earning playful badges, points and mayorships.
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 …
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 …
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET:
Text-to-911 service goes live with limited availability, routing issues  —  Text-to-911 is here, but it isn't everything you might think  —  In a world where people text more often than call, typing your emergency to 911 is the logical next step.  But there are kinks to work out before you'll be able to use it nationwide.
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 …
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Most tech giants now score well in EFF's first post-Snowden “Who Has Your Back?” report  —  Download Report  —  Protecting Your Data from Government Requests — We entrust our most sensitive, private, and important information to technology companies like Google, Facebook, and Verizon.
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Soldsie, The Service That Lets You Shop Via Facebook And Instagram Comments, Raises $4 Million  —  Soldsie, an e-commerce service enabling businesses to sell directly to their Facebook fans and Instagram followers through the comments section, has raised $4 million in Series A funding …

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