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May 16, 2014, 7:05 PM

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Tim Kenneally / The Wrap:
Dr. Dre, Beats sued for $20M by MOG founder David Hyman  —  Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics Hit With $20 Million-Plus Lawsuit  —  MOG founder claims he was hired and deliberately fired before he could collect his equity grant  —  Dr. Dre has hit a bum note with a man who claims that he was hired …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Maps Adds Elevation Profiles To Bike Routes To Help You Avoid Those Steep Hills  —  Google Maps now features elevation profiles for bike routes.  —  Google added biking directions to Google Maps and specialized maps that highlight bike routes a few years ago.
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Bitcoin Foundation hit by resignations over new director  —  (Reuters) - As the most prominent trade group pushing adoption of the electronic currency Bitcoin begins its annual conference on Friday, it is being roiled by controversy.  —  At least 10 members of the nonprofit Bitcoin Foundation …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5 to be rebranded as “Terminal Samsung Galaxy S5” for two weeks  —  Samsung rebranding Heathrow's busiest hub to ‘Terminal Samsung Galaxy S5’  —  Two weeks of S5 overload for British fliers  —  Samsung's marketing juggernaut is reaching …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Google acquires Quest Visual, maker of Word Lens app, will integrate it into Google Translate  —  Google acquires Word Lens app recently featured in Apple's iPhone ad “Powerful”  —  Google just bought the company behind a smartphone app called Worl Lens that visually translates text …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Airbnb Experiments With ‘Experiences,’ Offering Everything From Bike Tours To Home-Cooked Meals  —  Traditionally, we've come to know Airbnb as a place where guests find accommodations in unique spaces, and as a platform for hosts to make extra money by opening their homes up to strangers.
Chris Burns / SlashGear:
Yelp is down, it's not just you  —  Believe it or not, Yelp is down for the count.  Starting in at around 11AM Central Time today, May 16th, 2014, Yelp's website and connected services appear to have been cut down.  At this time it would appear that all Yelp servers are down, including Yelp dot com, Yelp dot CA, and others.
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Baidu Hires Coursera Founder Andrew Ng to Start Massive Research Lab  —  Chinese search giant Baidu has hired Andrew Ng, the noted artificial intelligence researcher and co-founder of online education startup Coursera, to be its chief scientist, as it kicks off a new Baidu Research initiative …
Jungah Lee / Bloomberg:
Samsung, Apple and Google amassing arsenals of patents related to graphene, an ideal material for bendable touchscreens  —  Samsung-Apple Smartphone Battleground Is Single Atom Thick  —  The main battleground between Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. in the global smartphone market …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Kayak Co-Founder Raises $20M For Design-Focused Incubator, Blade  —  Kayak co-founder Paul English is revealing more details about his Boston-based startup incubator, Blade.  The new company has raised $20 million in new funding from Accel and General Catalyst (both firms backed Kayak back in the day).

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