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May 22, 2014, 5:05 PM

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Ina Fried / Re/code:
Apple acknowledges iMessage issue, says bug fix coming in future software update  —  Apple's iMessage Issue Goes From Bad to Worse With Server Glitch  —  Apple's iMessage system is a model of convenience when connecting between iPhones.  But trying to leave the ecosystem is the very definition of horror.
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
Samsung is making a VR headset for its phones and tablets  —  Samsung is known for its ubiquitous Galaxy smartphones and tablets, popular smart televisions and, most recently, smart watches.  The Korean consumer electronics giant is about to enter another major new category: virtual reality headsets.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
The iPad's next killer app: Osmo connects iOS kids' games with the real world  —  “Everything we are doing here is magic.”  I'm not usually someone who embraces Silicon Valley's tendency to paint every little product iteration as magical and revolutionary.  But when Tangible Play co-founder …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
House of Representatives passes ‘gutted’ NSA surveillance reform  —  Privacy watchdogs hope Senate will roll back amendments to USA Freedom Act  —  The USA Freedom Act, a bill meant to end NSA surveillance of phone records, has passed the House of Representatives.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Stops Irresponsibly Defaulting Privacy Of New Users' Posts To “Public”, Changes To “Friends”  —  After years of putting new users at risk of oversharing by defaulting the visibility of their status updates and photos to public, Facebook is switching the default to “friends”.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
T-Mobile launches VoLTE in its own backyard w/ support for LG G Flex, Galaxy Note 3, & Galaxy Light  —  Following announcements earlier this month from both AT&T and Verizon, T-Mobile announced today it's introducing Voice over LTE support starting with Seattle.
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
HP Shares Fall on Light Results; Plans to Cut up to 16,000 More Jobs  —  Computing giant Hewlett-Packard just reported results for its second fiscal quarter about 20 minutes earlier than scheduled, and the press release appears to be incomplete.  They're more or less in line with the consensus …
Wall Street Journal:
Uber close to raising a new round of nearly $500M, valuing the company at over $12B  —  Uber Inc. Talking With Several Fund Managers to Raise About $500 Million  —  Drivers-for-Hire App Firm Seeking Investment Which Could Value Company at Over $12 Billion
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Any.Do brings its popular task management app to the web  —  Any.Do is finally bringing its popular to-do app experience to the web.  Today the company is launching its first web app, a project that Any.Do's team admits has been the most requested feature among its millions of users.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
On MetaFilter Being Penalized By Google: An Explainer  —  MetaFilter is a news and discussion site dating back to the early years of the web.  Founded in 1999, it's attracting attention this week after coming forward about how a Google penalty has severely harmed its business, to the degree of having to let staff go.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Led by Apple Inc. iPhone, smartphones now account for 87 percent of U.S. handsets  —  New research by Counterpoint indicates that 87 percent of Americans upgraded to smartphones by the end of March, with Apple remaining the top vendor.  —  Counterpoint's Market Monitor quarterly tracker …
George Avalos / Mercury News:
Apple to occupy seven-building Sunnyvale campus  —  SUNNYVALE — Apple has agreed to lease a seven-building campus in Sunnyvale where the tech giant could move about 1,450 workers, according to city documents and commercial property sources.  —  The deal is the latest sign of a remarkable burst of expansion by Apple.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Google Fiber: we don't charge for peering, don't have fast lanes  —  Google used its Google Fiber internet access business Wednesday to chime in on the continuing debate around peering and internet fast lanes, and guess what: the company doesn't use either.

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