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May 22, 2014, 7:50 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.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Facebook product director rants about media; media respond by noting Facebook's influence  —  Facebook product director furious at Facebook's effect on news  —  Mike Hudack — who, importantly, is Director of Product at Facebook — has a little rant about the state of the media and his view …
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 …
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.
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.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
One-time Evernote rival Springpad to close its doors  —  Springpad, a productivity app that struggled to stand out from similar offerings from Evernote and Pinterest, is planning to close its doors, The Verge has learned.  The six-year-old Boston company, which raised more than $7 million …
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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”.
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.
David Pogue / Yahoo Tech:
Smart, Versatile Surface Pro 3 Can Do It All — Maybe Even Lift the Windows 8 Curse  —  a) Cassandra.  Saddled with the gift of perfect prophecy, and the curse of never being believed.  —  b) Sisyphus.  Condemned to rolling a huge boulder up a hill, and then watching it roll back down again, over and over forever.
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.

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