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May 23, 2014, 2:00 PM

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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Amazon escalates battle with Hachette, refuses coming book orders, lists some as unavailable  —  Amazon Escalates Its Battle Against Hachette  —  Amazon, under fire in much of the literary community for energetically discouraging customers from buying books from the publisher Hachette, has abruptly escalated the battle.
Wall Street Journal:
Samsung plans summer launch for standalone smartwatch that can work as a phone, take photos  —  Samsung Plans to Introduce a Stand-Alone Smartwatch  —  Electronics Maker's Watch Will Make Calls Without Being Tethered to a Smartphone; Expected in Summer Months
Wall Street Journal:
Google's Project Tango developing 7-inch tablet that can capture 3D images of objects  —  Google Developing Tablet With Advanced Vision Capabilities  —  Tech Company Plans To Produce About 4,000 Prototype Tablets Beginning Next Month  —  Google Inc. is developing a new …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Source: 70% chance Apple's Beats deal is happening, it's a Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine acquihire  —  Apple's Beats Deal Is Happening, And It's A Dre Acquihire  —  A well-placed source has confirmed rumors that Apple's acquisition of Beats “is happening” but was close to falling apart multiple times.
Lance Whitney / CNET:
eBay faces investigations by 3 US states into data breach, UK data watchdog considers probe  —  eBay to face formal investigations over data breach  —  Three states in the US are looking into the hack, while an official in the UK is considering a formal probe.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
South African E-Commerce Giant Takealot Raises $100M From Tiger Global  —  Takealot, a South African e-commerce site, has raised a whopping $100 million from Tiger Global Management.  —  The company is still relatively young, launching in 2011, post the acquisition of an existing e-commerce …
Robert Mackey / New York Times:
Twitter Agrees to Block ‘Blasphemous’ Tweets in Pakistan  —  At least five times this month, a Pakistani bureaucrat who works from a colonial-era barracks in Karachi, just down the street from the former home of his country's secularist founder, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, asked Twitter to shield …
Wall Street Journal:
Google's proposed settlement with EU antitrust authorities under increasing threat of being revised or scrapped  —  Google's Settlement with European Union Faces Increased Pressure  —  Politicians from France, Germany Ramp Up Rhetoric against Settlement with Web Giant

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