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May 19, 2014, 12:50 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 …
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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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Whisper Confirms $36M In New Funding, Adds Related Posts, Categories, And Explore Feature To App  —  Anonymous social-sharing startup Whisper has confirmed a new round of funding and is launching an updated version of its app that will make it easier for users to connect with others sharing similar thoughts and emotions.
Re/code:
Google Buys an Enterprise Android Company, Divide (Formerly Known as Enterproid)  —  Google is buying a startup that focuses on Android in the enterprise and was backed by its Google Ventures investing group.  —  Needless to say, it's an alignment of interests.  —  The company is Divide, formerly known as Enterproid.
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Microsoft, SAP Strengthen Ties With Mobile, Data, Cloud Partnership  —  Microsoft and SAP are two old-school enterprise vendors that have been partnering for almost 20 years, and this week their partnership is taking a pronounced leap into the future as they come together around cloud, mobile and big data products.

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