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May 24, 2014, 3:30 PM

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Mike Krahulik / Penny Arcade:
Penny Arcade artist: Surface Pro 3 is “close to being perfect” but has performance issues in some programs, Windows button is poorly placed  —  Surface Pro 3  —  Gabe: The Surface Pro 3 does a lot of stuff right.  The device is ridiculously light and thin.
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:
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Andrea Shalal / Reuters:
U.S. may act to keep Chinese hackers out of Def Con hacker event  —  (Reuters) - U.S. officials are considering using visa restrictions to prevent Chinese hackers from attending popular summer hacker conferences in Las Vegas as part of a broad effort to curb Chinese cyber espionage, a senior administration official said on Saturday.
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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

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