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May 18, 2014, 3:00 PM

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Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Facebook is reportedly building a new Snapchat competitor  —  Facebook is taking Snapchat very seriously after its failed attempt to purchase the video and picture messaging app for $3 billion last year.  Mark Zuckerberg is personally supervising an internal effort to build a competing …
Mat Honan / Wired:
Don't Diss Cheap Smartphones.  They're About to Change Everything  —  We see a lot of phones here at WIRED.  Right now, for example, we've got the HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, Nokia Lumia Icon, iPhone 5s and all sorts of other flagship devices.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Patent reform hangs by a thread as Senate Democrats bottle up key bill  —  For a second there, it looked as if Congress was about to fix the country's dysfunctional patent system.  The House passed a bipartisan bill in December, supported by the White House and a coalition of retail and tech giants …
BuzzFeed:
AT&T Set To Announce DirecTV Acquisition Sunday  —  “The deal is done.”  —  AT&T is on track to announce its acquisition of the satellite company DirectTV this Sunday, before markets open Monday and sooner than many observers anticipated, a source familiar with DirecTV's plans told BuzzFeed.
Derek Kessler / Windows Phone Central:
Updated: WhatsApp removed from Windows Phone Store, will return after fixes  —  WhatsApp, broken on Windows Phone 8.1 and with no immediate fix promised, has vanished from the Windows Phone Store.  Searches for the app on devices running both Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 turn up “We couldn't find a match.
Seth Fiegerman / Mashable:
The Slow Evolution of Apple's Online Store  —  Steve Jobs glanced at the sheet of paper with Apple's future on it and promptly flicked it away onto the table.  Then he uttered one of his trademark criticisms to Eddy Cue, the manager who had handed it to him.  —  “This sucks,” Jobs said.
Daily Dot:
Major ISPs and other net neutrality opponents outspend proponents 3:1 in lobbying efforts  —  These companies spend the most money to kill net neutrality  —  With the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) decision to move forward with a controversial proposal that threatens net neutrality …
Gabe Friedman / Currency:
The Biggest Filer of Copyright Lawsuits?  This Erotica Web Site  —  In 2006, Colette Pelissier was selling houses in Southern California, and her boyfriend, Brigham Field, was working as a photographer of nude models.  Colette wanted to leave the real-estate business, so she convinced her boyfriend to start making adult films.
More: Gizmodo
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Apple, Google settle Motorola Mobility patent litigation without cross-licensing, will cooperate on patent reform  —  Apple, Google agree to settle smartphone patent litigation  —  (Reuters) - Apple and Google's Motorola Mobility unit have agreed to dismiss high profile U.S. patent litigation …
Salvador Rodriguez / Los Angeles Times:
Google looks to prescription eyewear market, partners with LA-area optometrists to demo Glass  —  Google Glass goes after prescription eyewear market  —  Google Glass has an image problem.  —  Since its debut two years ago, the perception of the wraparound eye-level device has devolved …
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