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May 20, 2014, 12:45 AM

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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.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Angela Ahrendts' plan for the future of Apple Retail: China emphasis, mobile payments, revamped experience  —  When Ron Johnson finalized his decision to move from leading Apple's retail strategy to become the Chief Executive Officer of J.C. Penney, the executive jumped in his car to drive …
First Look Media:
NSA records every cell phone call in the Bahamas and one unnamed country, gathers call metadata in Mexico, the Philippines, and Kenya  —  Data Pirates of the Caribbean: The NSA Is Recording Every Cell Phone Call in the Bahamas  —  The National Security Agency is secretly intercepting …
Dan Lyons / Billboard:
Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs' Biographer, Predicts Jimmy Iovine Will Run Apple's Content Business  —  It may not be the headphones or the streaming.  Does Tim Cook think Jimmy Iovine is the next Steve Jobs?  Apple is reportedly acquiring Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion …
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
GoPro Files For $100M IPO With 2013 Revenue Of $985.7M, Up 87.4% From The Year Prior  —  This afternoon GoPro filed its S-1 document with the SEC, detailing its financial performance as it looks to go public.  The company states that it will raise up to $100 million in the offering, trading on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol ‘GPRO.’
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.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / ZDNet:
Canonical's cloud-in-a-box: The Ubuntu Orange Box  —  Summary: Canonical had an unexpected hit at OpenStack Summit: It's an Intel-powered, cloud-in-a-box.  —  When Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, the parent company of Ubuntu Linux, made his keynote speech at OpenStack Summit in Atlanta …
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 …
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.
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Amazon reportedly drops $20M in Yummy77  —  Amazon will hold a minority stake in the Chinese online food vendor but will allow it to operate as a standalone company.  —  Amazon appears to have invested millions into an online company that provides fresh food to customers across China.
More: TechNode and Pulse 2.0
Noel Randewich / Reuters:
Exclusive: Intel CEO promises Broadwell PCs on shelves for holidays  —  (Reuters) - Intel Corp's next-generation Broadwell processors will ship in time to be used in personal computers sold during the holiday season but probably won't be available for back-to-school shopping, Chief Executive Brian Krzanich said.
Min-Jeong Lee / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung planning to bring biometric authentication to lower-end smartphones  —  Samsung Looks to Expand Biometric Sensors in Mobile Devices  —  Samsung Electronics is working to use biometric sensors in its mobile security system which the company expects to be available even for low-end smartphone models, an executive said Monday.
Matt Haughey / MetaTalk:
Pioneering web forum MetaFilter lays off 3 moderators, says revenues peaked before plunge in Google referrals  —  State of MetaFilter  —  Today I need to share some unfortunate news: because of serious financial downturn, MetaFilter will be losing three of its moderators to layoffs at the end of this month.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Inside High Fidelity, the virtual reality successor to ‘Second Life’  —  A crude hint of how physical connection could invade the online world  —  As virtual reality gains steam, the question of virtual worlds is never far behind.  Philip Rosedale is best known for online community Second Life.
Matt Rosoff / CITEworld:
Cisco announces line of dedicated desktop videoconferencing devices for $1,000 to $2,000 each  —  Cisco hopes to put a $1500 videoconferencing device on every desk  —  Hot on the heels of its lower-priced videoconferencing gear for conference rooms, Cisco is now hoping …
More: MarketWatch, eWeek and ZDNetTweets: @alexThanks:@mattrosoff
John Cook / GeekWire:
Redfin plans massive expansion, pushing real estate service into as many as 46 new markets  —  Redfin is going national — in a big way.  The Seattle online brokerage is looking to hire real estate professionals in a whopping 46 new markets in 19 new states, according to recent job postings on the company's Web site.

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Microsoft:
Royal Caribbean International hits the high seas with Microsoft tech  —  Cruise line equips 40,000 crew members with Windows 8.1 tablets, in part to use Skype, OneDrive and more to keep in closer touch with family members and friends while away from home.
Intel:
Disrupting the Data Center to Create the Digital Services Economy  —  I had the pleasure of joining Tom Krazit on stage at the Gigaom Structure'14 conference to share Intel's vision of the data center in support of the growth of the digital services economy.
VMware:
How vCloud Hybrid Service is Different: 10 Cloud Capabilities on vCloud Hybrid Service that Don't Exist on AWS  —  With vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS), we're firmly focused on solving enterprise customer cloud problems …
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