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May 20, 2014, 12:45 PM

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Microsoft Corporation:
Surface Pro 3 starts at $799 for Core i3 SKU, i5 SKUs start shipping first to US and Canada on June 20, other configurations in August  —  Microsoft introduces Surface Pro 3: the tablet that can replace your laptop  —  Pre-order beginning 12:01 a.m. EDT May 21.  —  Surface Pro 3
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Microsoft announces its biggest tablet yet, the 12-inch Surface Pro 3; starts at $799  —  When Microsoft invited us to a “small gathering” here in New York City, we thought that meant a smaller-screened Surface Mini was in order.  Instead, the company just announced a larger Surface, the 12-inch Surface Pro 3.
Panos Panay / Surface Blog:
Surface Pro 3: “The tablet that can replace your laptop”  —  Announcing Surface Pro 3  —  Today we announced Surface Pro 3.  It's the tablet that can replace your laptop.  It is the most powerful, thinnest, and lightest Surface Pro yet.  It is a full PC and a brilliant tablet.
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Microsoft unveils new Type Cover for Surface Pro 3: 68% larger trackpad and magnetic sealing mode  —  To go alongside its new Surface Pro 3 tablet-laptop hybrid, Microsoft has unveiled a new version of its Type Cover.  Panos Panay, Corporate Vice President for Surface Computing at Microsoft …
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
What Microsoft didn't announce today: An ARM-based Surface Mini  —  Summary: In spite of numerous leaks indicating an ARM-based Surface was going to be launched at Microsoft's “small gathering” in New York City, no such device materialized.  What happened?  —  It's not fair to call …
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Adobe is working on a touch-friendly, full-powered version of Photoshop CC  —  Microsoft is breaking out the big guns for the launch Surface Pro 3.  It trotted out creative software powerhouse Adobe to show off a new version of Photoshop CC it's got in the works.
Reuters:
China bans use of Microsoft's Windows 8 on government computers  —  (Reuters) - China has banned government use of Windows 8, Microsoft Corp's latest operating system (OS), in a blow to the U.S. technology company which has long been plagued by sales woes in the country.
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
New York Taxi commission official joining Uber as head of policy development  —  Taxi Commission Official Plans to Join Uber  —  At first, they were adversaries — the taxi agency leery of a smartphone app that could upend decades of street-hailing history and the business that responded …
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Investors Back Jibe With $20 Million To Fix The Mobile Hiring Process  —  Jibe Inc. has raised $20 million from a clutch of new investors as it looks to expand its business helping employers fix their hiring processes.  —  The New York-based company has its roots in the TechCrunch DemoPit circa 2009, when it was known as LocalBacon.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Netflix's Neil Hunt Says Personalized Recommendations Will Replace The Navigation Grid  —  Netflix Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt said today that the streaming video service will eventually evolve beyond its current navigation scheme, where users have to browse a seemingly endless grid of movies and TV shows.
Rhiannon Williams / Telegraph:
Facebook introduces ‘ask’ button for relationship statuses  —  Facebook has created an ‘ask’ button feature to enquire about your friends' relationship statuses  —  Facebook stalking has reached a whole new level following the introduction of an ‘ask’ button, allowing you to enquire about someone's relationship status.
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Lending Startup Earnest Raises $15 Million to Replace FICO Scores  —  In 2009, Louis Beryl applied for a private loan to help pay for his tuition at Harvard Business School.  Even though he had a good credit score and a resume that included stints as a quant options trader at Morgan Stanley …
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Katherine Boehret / Re/code:
Google+ rolls out Stories feature that generates interactive albums from photos and videos  —  Stories: Google's Way of Organizing Your Digital Life  —  Let's face it: No one has the time to organize their thousands of digital photos and videos.  Some of these files get shared in social networks …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Survey says: Comcast, Time Warner Cable customers are still the angriest  —  Comcast CEO Brian Roberts.  —  Comcast  —  Comcast and Time Warner Cable are the most hated companies in each of the three “triple play” markets where they operate, according to an American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) report being released Tuesday.
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.
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 …
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 …

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