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May 20, 2014, 11:45 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  —  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 …
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 …
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.
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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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Buys Bubbli, Will Integrate The 3D Photo Tech Into Its Photo Service  —  It looks like Dropbox has made another acquisition today in the photo space: it has acquired Bubbli, a startup that has built some innovative ways of incorporating 3D technology into 2D views, and packaging it in a mobile app for ordinary consumers to use.
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 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple beefs up iWork for iCloud with bolstered collaboration, more file storage  —  Apple today has enhanced its iWork suite of iCloud apps to include much improved collaboration, new document options, and more file storage. iWork includes the Pages word processor, Keynote presentation maker …
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.
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.
Erick Schonfeld / The Demo Blog:
DEMO Is Now Free For All Seed-Stage Startups  —  At DEMO, we are committed to finding the very best products and startups to show the rest of the world what is possible when new technologies, great design, and entrepreneurship combine to solve big problems.  We know that great ideas can come from anywhere.
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
SigFox Installing a Cellular Network for the Internet of Things in San Francisco and Silicon Valley  —  A French company plans to build a wireless slow lane for small, low-power devices.  —  San Francisco is set to get a new cellular network later this year, but it won't help fix the city's spotty mobile-phone coverage.
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.
Chris Kanaracus / PC World:
SAP buying SeeWhy for targeted marketing technology  —  SAP is scooping up SeeWhy, maker of real-time targeted marketing software, in a bid to flesh out the omni-channel commerce platform it gained through last year's acquisition of Hybris.  —  SeeWhy's technology includes CORE …

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Microsoft:
Changing the world, 1 billion sensors at a time  —  What would you do if you had a billion sensors?  Design students around the world tackled that question at Design Expo.  Take a look at some of the fascinating projects …
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Pure Storage:
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