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May 21, 2014, 6:45 AM

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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
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.
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
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 …
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
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  —  'Numbers Didn't Add Up' on Deal That Would Have Been Messaging Company's Largest  —  Twitter Inc. considered buying German music …
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Indian e-commerce site Snapdeal raises $100M at $1B valuation  —  Indian E-Commerce Site Snapdeal Lands $1 Billion Valuation  —  Indian e-commerce site Snapdeal.com has raised $100 million in a round that that values the company at roughly $1 billion, according to two people familiar with the deal.
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
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.
Aloysius Low / CNET News:
Samsung announces Project Glued, a video-streaming service for Asia  —  The video-on-demand service will be available in the third quarter, with Singapore and the Philippines as launch markets.  —  Customers in Asia may soon be able to watch full seasons of popular US and UK shows in HD on their tablets and phones.
Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
California approves rules for testing self-driving cars in California  —  On Tuesday, the California DMV officially approved rules to allow the testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads.  The rules will take effect September 16, 2014.  —  The move had been a long time coming …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
HTC reportedly working on larger, more powerful One M8 ‘Prime’  —  If leaks are correct, HTC is preparing to launch a bigger, faster version of its flagship One M8.  Details about the so-called One M8 Prime have been surfacing in recent weeks, with @evleaks leading the charge.
Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
Netflix launching in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg this year  —  Netflix to launch in six European countries this year  —  (Reuters) - Netflix Inc will launch its online movie and TV subscription service later this year in France, Germany and four other European countries …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Ex-Beats, Spotify Execs Debut Soundtrack Your Brand To Stream Spotify In Public Venues  —  Spotify today dominates the market for music streaming services for consumers.  Now a new startup, started by Spotify's ex-head of business development Andreas Liffgarden and co-founder of Beats Music Ola Sars …
More: Engadget
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Gogo Opens Up Its APIs To Allow Developers To Build Better In-Flight Apps  —  Now that most airlines allow you to use your mobile devices during flights and many offer Wi-Fi on their planes, it's no surprise that we are also seeing more applications that enable that in-flight use.

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Intel:
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