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May 27, 2014, 10:05 AM

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Jessica E. Lessin / The Information:
Google considered acquiring connected camera maker Dropcam through its Nest division, in a push into home security  —  Google Eyes Home Security, Dropcam  —  Google's Nest division is plotting a move into the home-security market and has considered acquiring connected camera-maker Dropcam …
Ben Grubb / The Age:
Australian Apple iDevices hijacked, held to ransom  —  Owners of Apple devices across Australia are having them digitally held for ransom by hackers demanding payment before they will relinquish control.  —  iPads, iPhone and Mac owners in Queensland, NSW, Western Australia …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Rap Genius Co-Founder Moghadam Fired Over Tasteless Comments on Santa Barbara Shooting  —  Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam has been fired from the annotation service after posting appalling comments on the memoir of mass murderer Elliot Rodger, who killed six people in a shooting spree earlier this week.
Michael Jackson / CoinDesk:
Bitcoin and Regulation: Lessons from the Early Days of Skype  —  Michael Jackson, former COO of Skype and current venture capital investor at Mangrove Capital Partners, explores how bitcoin companies can learn from the early struggles Skype had with regulators across the globe.
Tweets: @coindesk and @shak
Adam Auriemma / Wall Street Journal:
Zappos creates social media network “Zappos Insiders” to evaluate potential hires  —  Zappos Zaps Its Job Postings  —  Online Shoe Retailer Creates Social-Media Network to Evaluate Potential Hires  —  A few months ago, online shoe retailer Zappos did away with job titles for its 1,500 employees.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google releases VirusTotal Uploader for OS X, hopes more malware submissions will beef up Mac security  —  Google today announced the release of VirusTotal Uploader for OS X, allowing Mac users to upload suspicious files for scanning.  You can download it now directly for OS X 10.8 and 10.9 from VirusTotal (8.52MB).
MIT Technology Review:
Dating Mining Reddit Posts Reveals How to Ask For a Favor—And Get it  —  There's a secret to asking strangers for something and getting it.  Now data scientists say they've discovered it by studying successful requests on the web  —  One of the more extraordinary phenomena on the internet …
Tweets: @kdnuggets
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Line sees growing sticker adoption across Asia and Latin America, still struggling to crack US  —  No Time to Text?  Apps Turn to Stickers  —  On the messaging app Line, a late-afternoon conversation between colleagues might involve a series of colorful icons, or stickers …
More: textually.orgTweets: @jonrussell
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Apple Said To Be Prepping Smart Home Software Platform For WWDC Reveal  —  Apple is going to make a big play in the connected smart home space, according to a new report from the Financial Times.  The company is planning a platform that would turn its iOS devices, including the iPhone …

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