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May 25, 2014, 12:45 PM

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Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
What Microsoft gets wrong about the tablet-laptop redundancy  —  While onstage at the Surface Pro 3 event, Microsoft vice president and Surface creator Panos Panay cited a pretty surprising statistic: 96 percent of iPad owners also own a laptop.  Tablet and laptop ownership relationships …
Reuters:
US may use visa restrictions to prevent Chinese nationals from attending Def Con, Black Hat  —  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 …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Cox will start its gigabit internet rollout in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Omaha  —  Bandwidth-hungry internet users can register a few new cities as potentially acceptable places to live.  Following Google Fiber and AT&T, Cox Communications is one of the first big cable companies to announce plans …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Spotify lands another hot integration, this time with mixing app Djay  —  Could Made For Spotify be the new Made For iPod?  —  Spotify isn't profitable quite yet, but with 10 million paid subscribers, the company is likely closer than anyone else in the on-demand music space to breaking even.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Government Seeks Seven-Month Sentence for LulzSec Leader ‘Sabu’  —  As a reward for his extensive cooperation helping prosecutors hunt down his fellow hackers, the government is seeking time served for the long-awaited sentencing of top LulzSec leader Hector Xavier Monsegur, also known as “Sabu.”
Ryan Tate / Wired:
Facebook spent a year building an audio ID system to make referencing pop culture frictionless  —  Why Facebook Spent a Year Learning to Listen in on Your TV Shows  —  If you're watching TV or listening to music and you feel like discussing it online, Facebook believes, nothing should stand in the way.
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.

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