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May 20, 2014, 10:35 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.
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 …
More: PE Hub BlogTweets: @wsjd
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
How the PCCare247 tech support scam netted the company millions, and how the FTC shut it down  —  Inside the US government's war on tech support scammers  —  Sitting in front of her PC, the phone in her hand connected to a tech support company half a world away, Sheryl Novick was about to get scammed.
Tweets: @natexanderson and @r0h1n
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.’
First Look Media:
NSA records every cell phone call in the Bahamas and one unnamed country, gathers call metadata in Mexico, the Philippines, and Kenya  —  Data Pirates of the Caribbean: The NSA Is Recording Every Cell Phone Call in the Bahamas  —  The National Security Agency is secretly intercepting …
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Amazon reportedly drops $20M in Yummy77  —  Amazon will hold a minority stake in the Chinese online food vendor but will allow it to operate as a standalone company.  —  Amazon appears to have invested millions into an online company that provides fresh food to customers across China.
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 …
More: Wired and DSLreports

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