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May 16, 2014, 5:25 PM

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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Marketing Exec Ivy Ross Is The New Head Of Google Glass  —  Some significant HR changes at Google Glass we're hearing.  First off is the departure of lead electrical engineer Adrian Wong, to competing facecomputer Oculus.  Second off is the bringing on of Art.com's Chief Marketing Officer Ivy Ross to head the division.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Diapers.com Founder Could Raise $50 Million or More for New Startup  —  Marc Lore is plotting his next thing.  —  Less than a year after the former CEO of Diapers.com parent company, Quidsi, left Amazon along with his co-founder Vinit Bharara, he has spoken with investors about raising funds …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
SV Angel Leads Pinterest Financing At A $5 Billion Valuation  —  News broke this afternoon that Pinterest has raised a $200 million Series F valuing it at $5 billion.  We've just confirmed that the massive round, which could fund Pinterest until its monetization makes it self-sustaining, was led by none other than SV Angel.
Lauren Orsini / ReadWrite:
Patrick Hoge / San Francisco Business Times:
Zendesk stock soars 49 percent on first trading day  —  Zendesk stock leaped 49 percent ong Thursday as the San Francisco-based cloud-based customer service software provider debuted on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ZEN), to close at $13.43 per share, up $4.43, after pricing at $9 the previous night.

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