May 27, 2014, 7:05 AM

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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.
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 …
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
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).
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 …
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
Ernesto / TorrentFreak: Domain Unsuspended and Back In Action  —  With millions of visitors per day Torrentz is one of the largest torrent sites on the Internet.  —  Yesterday many of its regular users were in for a surprise though, after their favorite search engine suddenly became unreachable.
More: Guardian and Gizmodo UK
Katie Collins /
Researchers transmit data from Earth to Moon at 19.44mbps, 4800 times the previous record  —  Wireless broadband can reach the moon, and maybe Mars  —  Aside from air, water and fresh vegetables, what would need to survive on the moon?  One thing that would likely of feature high on the list is a decent, reliable wireless internet.
Tweets: @dannysullivan and @bfeld
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Razer Blade review: 2014 model trades battery life for a high-res touchscreen, more horsepower  —  Razer Blade (2014) review: laptop gaming never looked so good  —  The resolution is high, the battery life is not  —  I feel spoiled.  Ever since I started playing games …
More: IGN, CNET and Engadget

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