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May 21, 2014, 9:40 PM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Adds Shazam-Style Audio Recognition To Help You Automatically Tag Posts With TV Shows And Songs  —  Facebook has a new weapon in the battle against Twitter to host lucrative conversations about media.  A Shazam-esque opt-in feature coming to the iOS and Android status composer …
Associated Press:
Recall announced for all 440k Nest smoke detectors due to previously-disclosed safety issue with wave-to-dismiss feature  —  Nest recalling 440,000 smoke alarms for safety risk  —  NEW YORK — Nest Labs is recalling 440,000 smoke alarms to fix a feature that could prevent the alarm from sounding immediately.
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
While working for the NSA, Snowden led a “Crypto Party” to teach 20 neighbors about encryption  —  Snowden's First Move Against the NSA Was a Party in Hawaii  —  It was December 11, 2012, and in a small art space behind a furniture store in Honolulu, NSA contractor Edward Snowden …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Fab to Cut Another 80 to 90 Jobs, a Third of Global Staff  —  E-commerce company Fab is announcing another round of job cuts tomorrow, laying off between 80 and 90 employees to trim costs as it shifts resources to focus more on designing and developing products under its own brand name.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple confirms WWDC 2014 keynote to be held Monday, June 2nd at 10 AM PT; new hardware likely  —  This morning, Apple revealed the schedule for next month's Worldwide Developers Conference.  To start things off, an Apple keynote will be held from 10AM to 12PM on Monday, June 2nd at Moscone West.
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
Oculus VR and Palmer Luckey being sued by CTO's former employer (update)  —  Oculus VR and co-founder Palmer Luckey are being sued by Zenimax Media and id Software, the former employer of Oculus VR chief technical officer John Carmack.  The suit claims that John Carmack, while employed by id Software …
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
BlackBerry launches Project Ion to join the internet of things  —  BlackBerry is launching a series of projects called Project Ion for the internet of things with the idea of using its experience in building secure, connected devices to connect sensors, cars and anything else in a secure fashion to a cloud back end.
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 …
Nathan Donato-Weinstein / bizjournals:
WhatsApp to grow footprint eightfold with new office in downtown Mountain View  —  WhatsApp, Facebook Inc.'s $19 billion baby, just signed a major long-term lease in downtown Mountain View that will expand its footprint 700 percent — hinting at the five-year-old instant messaging company's ambitions.
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Major Nelson / Xbox Wire:
External Storage, Real Names and More Coming with Xbox One System Update in June  —  With the next system update coming in June, we're thrilled to announce two of your most-requested features will be here soon: external storage support and real names for identifying your friends.
Loek Essers / Computerworld:
Google plans international acquisitions worth up to $30B, it tells SEC  —  Google passed on a potential acquisition of a non-U.S. company worth up to $5 billion, it said  —  Google plans to spend $20 billion to $30 billion of its of its accumulated international profits to fund potential acquisitions …
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Joshua Brustein / Businessweek:
Spotify reaches 10M paid subscribers, launches in Brazil next week, still isn't profitable  —  Streams of Tears: Why Spotify Can't Make Money  —  Daniel Ek has devoted most of his waking moments over the past few years to evangelizing about the glories of streaming music.  He's well suited to the task.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Patent reform dies in Senate as Leahy pulls plug on key bill  —  A closely watched patent reform bill failed on Wednesday as Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced that he lacked the bipartisan support to push the bill forward.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Renews Rights to Liquidmetal Technologies' Alloys for Consumer Products  —  Apple has renewed exclusive rights to use Liquidmetal Technologies' metal alloys in consumer electronics items, according to a filing with the SEC.  —  The rights were originally purchased back in 2010, to run through February 2014.
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
HBO shows are now streaming on Amazon Instant Video  —  ‘True Blood,’ ‘Six Feet Under,’ and more  —  As promised, a number of HBO shows are now available to stream through Amazon Prime Instant Video.  Starting today, you'll be able to stream the complete run of older shows like The Sopranos …
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Wealth Management Startup FutureAdvisor Raises $15.5 Million  —  Looking to bring top-flight wealth management services to the middle class, FutureAdvisor has raised $15.5 million in fresh capital.  —  The round was led by new investor Canvas with participation from the company's previous investors including Sequoia Capital.
Jillian D'Onfro / Business Insider:
Yelp will start letting users upload 3-12 second videos in early June  —  Yelp Is Adding A New Video Feature To Its Reviews  —  Yelp is adding a new video feature to its app that will let users upload short clips in the same way that they would upload photos.

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