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May 23, 2014, 2:00 AM

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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 exec posts “rant” about news media's focus on the trivial, but doesn't acknowledge Facebook's contribution to the problem  —  Facebook product director furious at Facebook's effect on news  —  Mike Hudack — who, importantly, is Director of Product at Facebook …
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 …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
DoorDash Raises $17.3 Million From Sequoia To Expand Its On-Demand Delivery Service  —  DoorDash is one of many on-demand food-delivery startups to crop up over the past few years, but the company has big ambitions to move beyond food.  Thanks to new investor Sequoia Capital, it has a sizable war chest to go after the competition.
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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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.
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”.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Microsoft wins right to disclose FBI's demand for info about Office 365 customer  —  In a significant victory for transparency and free speech, a federal judge in Seattle granted Microsoft permission to unseal documents related to an FBI investigation into one of its cloud customers.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Startup launches crowdfunding campaign for Osmo, a kit enabling iPad games for kids that involve real-world objects  —  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 …
Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
Google is working with Ruckus Wireless to build a Wi-Fi network in the cloud  —  Google is working with Wi-Fi equipment maker Ruckus Wireless to build a large-scale Wi-Fi network in the cloud off of which any business could hang its wireless routers, according to a source familiar with the project who asked not to be named.

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