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May 23, 2014, 2:30 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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google Close To Snapping Up Satellite Startup Skybox Imaging For $1B+, Say Sources  —  Google made a play for the skies in April when it swept in and acquired Titan Aerospace amid reports that the drone maker was being pursued by Facebook.  But Google's interest in hardware companies …
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.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
The LG G3 will be the first smartphone with laser autofocus  —  It will also take selfies when you clench a fist in front of it  —  Almost everything is known about it, and LG is openly discussing its accessories, but now we've confirmed one final exciting spec for the LG G3: its camera will feature a laser autofocus system.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
After Supreme Court's ruling against CAFC rules, Newegg can seek legal fees from patent troll  —  Newegg Given The Go Ahead To Pursue ‘Douche Bag’ Patent Troll For Fees  —  A few weeks ago, the Supreme Court smacked down the Federal Circuit (CAFC) for its made up rules that made it almost impossible …

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