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May 15, 2014, 11:55 AM

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC votes for Internet “fast lanes,” but could change its mind later  —  From left to right, FCC commissioners Ajit Pai, Mignon Clyburn, Chairman Tom Wheeler, Jessica Rosenworcel and Michael O'Rielly.  —  The Federal Communications Commission today voted in favor of a preliminary proposal to allow Internet …
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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“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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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) …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Lizette Chapman / Wall Street Journal:
Happy to Be in U.S., PeopleDoc Raises $17.5M Led by Accel for HR Software  —  PeopleDoc Inc. is expanding its human resources software service worldwide and has raised a $17.5 million Series B round led by Accel Partners to do it.  —  Although the cash is important-it will bankroll …
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.
Zach Miners / PC World:
Target, The Gap and others form group to share cyberthreat data  —  Some of the biggest U.S. retailers have banded together to share information about cyberthreats, in a bid to avert breaches like that suffered by Target last holiday season.  —  Target, The Gap, Walgreens and J.C. Penney …
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 …
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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook opens FbStart registration to all mobile developers with an app available for at least 30 days  —  Facebook today opened up registration for FbStart, a program that helps app developers by providing free tools and services “to get your app up and running fast.”

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