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May 20, 2014, 4:00 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  —  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.
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.
More: iMore
The Verge:
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 hands-on: bigger, thinner, faster  —  Microsoft made one thing clear: it wants its new Surface Pro 3 to be able to replace replace your laptop.  It's a bold goal, but Microsoft thinks it has the right combination of power and portability to make it work.
Dan Rayburn / StreamingMediaBlog.com:
Apple Negotiating Paid Interconnect Deals With ISPs For Their Own CDN  —  In February I blogged about a new group formed inside of Apple last year, tasked with building out their own CDN to deliver Apple software updates, apps and other Apple related content.
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 …
Bloomberg:
Microsoft backed off from debuting smaller Surface today, concerned it lacked differentiation  —  Microsoft Said to Back Off Plans to Debut Smaller Surface  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), struggling to break into the tablet market, backed off plans to introduce a smaller version …
More: Gizmodo and Neowin
Ladar Levison / Guardian:
Secrets, lies and Snowden's email: why I was forced to shut down Lavabit  —  For the first time, the founder of an encrypted email startup that was supposed to insure privacy for all reveals how the FBI and the US legal system made sure we don't have the right to much privacy in the first place
More: Techdirt
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.
Nathan Donato-Weinstein / bizjournals:
Google to take over former Palm HQ in Sunnyvale  —  Google Inc. has leased the former headquarters of Palm Computing Inc. in Sunnyvale , demonstrating that the No. 1 search advertising company's appetite for real estate showing no signs of abating — and showing again how the technology industry recycles …
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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.
Wall Street Journal:
Twitter backed out of talks to buy SoundCloud because “the numbers didn't add up”  —  Twitter Considered Buying German Music-Streaming Service  —  Twitter Inc. considered buying German music-streaming service SoundCloud, but it has backed out of the talks, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Video discovery startup Shelby.tv has been acquired by Samsung, will shut down apps  —  The New York-based video discovery startup Shelby.tv has been acquired by Samsung, I've heard from multiple sources.  I have yet to learn details of the transaction, but it's been characterized to me as an acqui-hire …
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.
Michael Carney / PandoDaily:
IPO-bound Centrify raises $42M from strategics, hints at upcoming enterprise mobile products from Samsung  —  When it comes to security, simplicity is often the best approach.  The more endpoints a company must secure the harder the task.  The same could be said about user credentials.
Peter Rubin / Wired:
The Inside Story of Oculus Rift and How Virtual Reality Became Reality  —  As he flew from Orange County to Seattle in September 2013, Brendan Iribe, the CEO of Oculus, couldn't envision what the next six months would bring.  The rhapsodic crowds at the Consumer Electronics Show.
More: The VergeThanks:@srikardr
Peter Blumberg / Bloomberg:
Apple, Samsung Blame Each Other for Lack of Settlement  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) blamed each another for blocking progress toward a settlement of their patent disputes in a report to the judge who has presided over their two U.S. trials.
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.

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