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May 23, 2014, 12:55 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:
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 …
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
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.
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Google Rated Top Employer for Pay and Benefits by Glassdoor  —  Google and three other Silicon Valley companies recently settled a lawsuit alleging that they agreed not to recruit each other's employees.  Maybe Google didn't need to worry about poaching.  —  The search giant ranked …
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 Settlement with European Union Faces Increased Pressure  —  Politicians from France, Germany Ramp Up Rhetoric against Settlement with Web Giant  —  Google Inc. 's proposed settlement with European Union antitrust cops is under increasing threat of being revised or scrapped …
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.
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Alibaba Mulls AppNexus Stake as U.S. Strategy Takes Shape  —  In the latest sign of Alibaba Group's aspirations to be a major player beyond its home base of China, the soon-to-be-public Web giant is considering making an investment in U.S.-based advertising technology firm AppNexus, according to people briefed on the recent discussions.

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Microsoft:
Changing the world, 1 billion sensors at a time  —  What would you do if you had a billion sensors?  Design students around the world tackled that question at Design Expo.  Take a look at some of the fascinating projects …
Freshdesk:
How to not sound like a robot in your email notifications?  —  Your notifications don't have to be just notifications.  They can be another opportunity to charm your customers and to keep them hooked.  Learn how.
VMware:
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Zoho:
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Pure Storage:
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