May 26, 2014, 6:00 PM

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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.
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 …
Quinn Norton / Medium:
Why security is terrible: computers, software, and the people who use them are broken  —  Everything Is Broken  —  Once upon a time, a friend of mine accidentally took over thousands of computers.  He had found a vulnerability in a piece of software and started playing with it.
Evelyn M. Rusli / Wall Street Journal:
Investor Talk on Uber's Valuation Hits as High as $17 Billion  —  The bids for Uber's funding round rolled in this past week, and the price for the on-demand car service seems poised to steeply rise.  —  Several investors have stepped up during the bidding process, offering valuations near or above $17 billion, two people said.
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Jamie Rigg / Engadget:
HTC One mini 2 review: A worthy new addition to the premium One clan  —  HTC created what was undoubtedly one of the best smartphones of last year with the original One.  That was later followed up by the One mini, which was surprising in the sense that the handset maker hadn't before attempted …
Hollie Slade / Forbes:
Browser-based encrypted email service ProtonMail launches beta, aims for Gmail-like simplicity  —  The Only Email System The NSA Can't Access  —  When the NSA surveillance news broke last year it sent shockwaves through CERN, the particle physics laboratory in Switzerland.
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 …

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