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May 28, 2014, 1:15 PM

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Mary Meeker / KPCB:
Slides: Mary Meeker's Internet Trends Report for 2014  —  Internet Trends 2014  —  Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) partners with the brightest entrepreneurs to turn disruptive ideas into world-changing businesses.  The firm has helped build pioneering companies like Amazon …
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Meeker: As Internet User Growth Slows, the Real Driver Is Mobile Usage  —  Mary Meeker, the late-stage investor at Kleiner Perkins and longtime Internet analyst, presented the 2014 edition of her annual trends report at the Code Conference today.  —  She observed that while huge growth spurts …
Gurdeep Pall / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Skype Translator, a real-time language translation tool, will begin rolling out later this year  —  Microsoft demos breakthrough in real-time translated conversations  —  The following post is from Gurdeep Pall, Corporate Vice President of Skype and Lync at Microsoft.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Google unveils a self-driving car prototype without a steering wheel or pedals, speed limited to 25mph  —  Google's New Self-Driving Car Ditches the Steering Wheel  —  Google has finally built its own car from scratch.  And it looks like a gondola with wheels.
Chris Duckett / ZDNet:
iCloud not compromised in Apple ID attack: Apple  —  Summary: Apple has produced a minuscule response to the Apple ID attack that began affecting Australian and New Zealand iCloud users yesterday.  —  Chris Duckett  —  Almost a half and a day after a number of Australian users reported finding …
Troy Hunt / Troy Hunt's Blog:
The mechanics of the iCloud “hack” and how iOS devices are being held to ransom  —  If you're an Aussie with an iPhone, there's a chance you've been woken up in the middle of the night by this:  —  Oh boy.  What we're looking at is an iPhone that has been remotely locked by “Oleg Pliss”.
More: Computerworld and eWeek
Lauren Goode / Re/code:
Intel Bets Its “Smart” Shirt on the Future of Wearables (Video)  —  Many millions of wearable computing devices are expected to ship this year (depending on which forecast you read), and a healthy debate is emerging over whether wearables are best applied to the wrist, to the face or in some other form …
More: EngadgetTweets: @reckless
James Temple / Re/code:
Intel plans to launch a 3D printable robot kit by the end of the year, starting around $1,600  —  Heeeeeere's Jimmy: Intel's 3-D Printed Robot Will Hit the Market Later This Year  —  Intel plans to bring its fully customizable, 3-D printable robot kit to market by the end of the year, with a consumer version starting around $1,600.
More: Gizmodo and EngadgetTweets: @darth
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook seeks EU antitrust review of WhatsApp deal in bid to avoid multiple national probes  —  Facebook Seeks EU Antitrust Review of WhatsApp Deal  —  Unexpected Twist to $19 Billion Deal Already Approved in the U.S.  —  Facebook Inc. 's acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp is facing …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Square Begins Offering Data Driven Cash Advances To Small Businesses  —  Today, payment processing company Square is announcing its first big additional vertical based on its enormous amount of business data.  That offering is called Square Capital, and it enables the company to offer cash advances to businesses in its network.
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
NTT DOCOMO, Japan's Largest Carrier, To Start Carrying The iPad Air And iPad Mini 2 On June 10  —  Apple announced today that it will begin to sell the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display in Japan on NTT DOCOMO's network starting June 10.  NTT DOCOMO is the country's largest carrier …
Dylan Tweney / VentureBeat:
Mobile analytics company App Annie acquires Distimo, raises $17M  —  In a sign of the growing importance of mobile analytics, App Annie has raised another $17 million from its existing investors and is acquiring one of its competitors, Distimo.  —  Both companies provide data on how people are using mobile apps and mobile websites.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Amazon confirms its fight with publishing giant Hachette is real, and it's far from over  —  The war for ebooks rages on  —  Amazon's spat with publishing conglomerate Hachette has been unofficial but well-documented, as the retail giant uses its considerable muscle to gain more favorable terms …
Cade Metz / Wired:
Mark Russinovich embodies Microsoft's new company attitude as a principal architect of Azure  —  Microsoft's Most Clever Critic Is Now Building Its New Empire  —  Before joining Microsoft and becoming one of its most important software engineers, Mark Russinovich was in the business of pissing the company off.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Broadcom's new chip lets your phone use any wireless charging standard  —  Wonder why only a handful of mobile devices support wireless charging?  It's partly because the standards are horribly fragmented: companies have to choose between technologies like PMA, Rezence and Qi, and it's not clear which of those will last.
Reuters:
Thai ministry sparks alarm with brief block of Facebook  —  (Reuters) - Thai Facebook users were alarmed on Wednesday when the Information Communications Technology (ICT) Ministry blocked access to the site at the request of the military, but the junta blamed the brief shutdown on a technical problem.

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