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May 20, 2014, 4:55 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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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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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 …
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Salesforce Rises On Earnings Beat, Improved Outlook  —  Shares of Salesforce.com rose after the company reported quarterly earnings that were better than what analysts had expected.  —  The company just reported per-share earnings of 11 cents on $1.23 billion in revenue.
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo close to acquiring video streaming technology startup RayV  —  Yahoo Close to Acquiring Video-Streaming Startup  —  RayV Inc Near Deal with Internet Portal  —  Yahoo Inc. may soon bolster its Web-video technology with another acquisition.  —  The Internet portal is close to finalizing …
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.
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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