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May 24, 2014, 1:35 PM

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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Amazon's Tactics Confirm Its Critics' Worst Suspicions  —  Amazon is confirming its critics' worst fears and it is an ugly spectacle to behold.  —  For years, authors and publishers have warned that Amazon, Jeff Bezos' book-selling giant, would one day use its power for ill. Sure, so far …
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.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple seeking U.S. permanent injunction against Samsung based on this month's jury verdict  —  Surprise.  Not.  In a follow-up to this month's $119 million jury verdict in the Northern District of California, Apple filed a motion for a U.S. permanent injunction against Samsung late on Friday by local time.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple requests retrial of Samsung patent case, demonstrates dissatisfaction with jury verdict  —  After the original version of the Apple v. Samsung II jury verdict that came down on May 2 (and had to be amended on May 5), Apple's PR department had issued a premature statement that basically described …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Surface Pro 3 review: impressive hardware, ideal form factor for Windows 8.1, so-so battery  —  Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review  —  This tablet wants to replace your laptop  —  Imagine if you had a time machine that could send you back exactly 13 years.  The rules of time travel …
Yinka Adegoke / Billboard:
Apple-Beats deal delayed due to discussions over Beats Music valuation, Dre/Iovine roles in Apple, outrage over Dre/Tyrese video, more  —  Five Things Holding Up the Apple-Beats Deal  —  When news broke on Thursday May 8 that Apple was in talks to buy Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre's Beats Electronics …
Matt Brian / Engadget:
Sony's PlayStation 4 is already profitable and on course to beat the PS2's success  —  If Sony is to reverse its heavy losses, big-selling products like the PlayStation 4 need to turn a profit.  The good news is that the company's newest console is already fulfilling that requirement …
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
FreedomPop launches a $20 “Unlimited” plan, with data switching from LTE to 3G after 1GB usage  —  Free phone service FreedomPop unveils $20 ‘Unlimited’ plan  —  Firm launches paid “Unlimited Everything” plan, adds LTE phones to offerings to mark its move to Sprint's LTE network.
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Unsealed court documents show Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft are arguing against gag orders on national security requests on First Amendment grounds  —  Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Microsoft say government has no right to suppress data request disclosures
David Murphy / PC Magazine:
Medium Updates iOS App to Support iPad  —  Medium, the increasingly popular publishing platform for all sorts of content has officially updated its app for iOS to include support for Apple's iPad.  —  You can now finally read through all sorts of witty, interesting, and otherwise eye-opening articles on a larger screen.
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Court Approves F.C.C. Plan to Subsidize Rural Broadband Service  —  WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the Federal Communications Commission's effort to convert its $4.5 billion program that pays for telephone service in rural parts of the country into one that subsidizes …

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