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May 19, 2014, 2:20 PM

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Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube to Acquire Videogame-Streaming Service Twitch for $1 Billion: Sources  —  Deal would be biggest ever for YouTube  —  Google's YouTube has reached a deal to buy Twitch, a popular videogame-streaming company, for more than $1 billion, according to sources familiar with the pact.
Wall Street Journal:
Google's acquisition talks with Twitch still at an early stage  —  Google in Talks About Possible Acquisition of Twitch  —  Google's Talks With Live Video-Streaming Service at Early Stage  —  Google Inc. is in talks about a possible acquisition of Twitch, a fast-growing live video-streaming service …
Washington Post:
US Justice Department charges five members of Chinese military with conducting economic cyber-espionage against six American companies  —  Chinese military members charged with cyber-espionage against U.S. firms  —  The Justice Department on Monday charged members of the Chinese military …
Pete Williams / NBC News:
FBI Director says Chinese govt blatantly uses cyber-espionage to obtain economic advantages  —  U.S. Charges China With Cyber-Spying on American Firms  —  The Justice Department has filed criminal charges against several Chinese government officials, accusing them of stealing American trade …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Twitter Is Considering a Deal to Buy SoundCloud  —  Twitter may try to buy its way out of its growth problem by making another move into music.  —  The company is considering a deal to acquire SoundCloud, the music and audio-sharing company, according to people familiar with both companies.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Groupon to Replace Nearly All of Its Merchants' Cash Registers With iPads  —  Groupon has long said it wants to be known as more than a deals company.  Now it's showing how.  —  Today, the company is introducing an iPad-based checkout system that it expects tens of thousands of businesses that run a Groupon promotion to use.
AT&T:
AT&T agrees to acquire DirecTV in stock-and-cash deal for $95 per share  —  AT&T to Acquire DIRECTV  — Creates Content Distribution Leader Across Mobile, Video & Broadband Platforms  — The premier pay TV brand with the best content relationships now poised to deliver video to multiple screens …
Nathan Mattise / Ars Technica:
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
IndoorAtlas publicly maps a building's interior for free, charges $99/month to keep it private  —  Mapping Our Interiors  —  Sure, that's your office cubicle.  Your corner store.  Maybe even the layout of your furniture in your living room.  But that doesn't mean that soon we won't all be peering at it, too.
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Verizon doubles down on bandwidth and marketing for its ‘XLTE’ network  —  After rumors surfaced over the weekend, Verizon has officially announced XLTE.  Rather than a new wireless technology, XLTE is basically just a consumer-friendly buzz term for speed and capacity improvements that Verizon …

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