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May 20, 2014, 11:10 AM

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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.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Twitter Is Considering a Deal to Buy SoundCloud  —  Twitter may try to buy its way out of its growth problem by making another move into music.  —  The company is considering a deal to acquire SoundCloud, the music and audio-sharing company, according to people familiar with both companies.
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.
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.
James Landau / The Klout Blog:
Klout for Android Brings Content Creation to Everyone  —  Yes, it's true: the long-awaited release of Klout for Android is finally here.  —  Back in February, we revealed #NewKlout, a platform for intelligently recommending content that will strike a chord with your unique audience on social.
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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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 …
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.
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.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Angela Ahrendts' plan for the future of Apple Retail: China emphasis, mobile payments, revamped experience  —  When Ron Johnson finalized his decision to move from leading Apple's retail strategy to become the Chief Executive Officer of J.C. Penney, the executive jumped in his car to drive …
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 …
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 …
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
GoPro Files For $100M IPO With 2013 Revenue Of $985.7M, Up 87.4% From The Year Prior  —  This afternoon GoPro filed its S-1 document with the SEC, detailing its financial performance as it looks to go public.  The company states that it will raise up to $100 million in the offering, trading on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol ‘GPRO.’
Re/code:
AT&T Says It Wants to Sell Web TV, Too  —  AT&T's proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV will accelerate its plans to offer an Internet television service.  —  AT&T Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson said DirecTV holds established entertainment industry relationships …
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