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May 21, 2014, 10:20 AM

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
eBay Advises Users To Change Passwords Following Cyberattack, “Large Number” Of Users Affected  —  Following an odd blog post which appeared overnight and then was quickly taken down which alerted eBay users to reset their passwords, eBay has now published its official statement informing …
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 …
Lauren Johnson / Adweek:
Google Beats Apple in List of World's Most Valuable Brands  —  Google, Apple, IBM and Microsoft are the companies that rank the highest in terms of brand value, according to a new study commissioned by WPP and conducted by Millward Brown.  McDonald's is the only non-tech brand within the top five …
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 …
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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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 …
Panos Panay / Surface Blog:
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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Local Services Marketplace Thumbtack Raises $30 Million  —  Thumbtack, a marketplace that connects local professionals with clients, has raised a $30 million Series C round from Sequoia Capital and Tiger Global Management, TechCrunch has learned.  —  The startup has an original approach when it comes to local services.
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 …
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.
Clive Thompson / Wired:
How D-Wave began selling its quantum computer amid skepticism it was really a classical one  —  The Age of Quantum Computing Has (Almost) Arrived  —  Google owns a  —  lot of computers—perhaps a million servers stitched together into the fastest, most powerful artificial intelligence on the planet.
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Seth Rosenblatt / CNET News:
New lawsuit accuses Google of AdSense fraud  —  The lawsuit seeks class action status and could expose more of the internal workings of how Google manages AdSense if allowed to proceed.  —  Google  —  A lawsuit filed Tuesday against Google accuses the tech titan of engaging in widespread fraud …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Govt officials say NSA routinely spies on other countries to advance US economic interests  —  Fine Line Seen in U.S. Spying on Companies  —  WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has never said what it was seeking when it invaded the computers of Petrobras, Brazil's huge national oil company …
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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.

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