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May 28, 2014, 6:50 PM

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Apple:
Apple to acquire Beats Music and Beats Electronics for $2.6B in cash and $400M in stock to vest over time  —  Apple to Acquire Beats Music & Beats Electronics  —  Apple® today announced it has agreed to acquire the critically acclaimed subscription streaming music service Beats Music …
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Beats brand will remain separate from Apple; Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre to work under Eddy Cue  —  Apple Confirms Its $3 Billion Deal for Beats Electronics  —  CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple, the company that turned digital music into a mainstream phenomenon, said on Wednesday …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Tim Cook's memo to employees: Beats Music team will report to Eddy Cue, Beats Electronics team to Phil Schiller  —  Cook to employees on Beats buy: ‘I hope you are as excited as I am about this new chapter in our history’  —  Following the official announcement regarding Apple's $3 billion acquisition …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Tim Cook Explains Why Apple Is Buying Beats (Q&A)  —  The Apple Beats deal has already generated lots of debate, and now that it's official, we will see even more.  Here's Apple CEO Tim Cook's extended explanation, via an interview he conducted with Re/code this afternoon.
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 …
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 …
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.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Uber Ties Up With AT&T For Driver Service And To Pre-Load Its App On New Android Phones  —  Uber wants to be the app that consumers use to get around town, and it's looking to gain a lot more distribution, thanks to a new deal that the company is announcing today.
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Samsung's Simband hardware and healthcare platform aim to track your every move  —  Samsung plans to expand its focus on health tracking technologies, the company said today.  At an event in San Francisco, the company said there needs to be better technology for keeping tabs on the body at all times.
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Amazon's Hit List: Which Books Are Screwed, and By How Much  —  As of today, Amazon's crusade against book publisher Hachette is no longer an open secret, it's outright confirmed.  Shipments are being delayed, prices are elevated, and some listings are unavailable altogether.  But how extensive is the fallout?
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.
Miguel Helft / Fortune:
Egyptian democracy activist Wael Ghonim joins Google Ventures  —  Few in Silicon Valley can say that they have actually led revolutions.  Wael Ghonim is one of them.  —  FORTUNE — Wael Ghonim, the Google (GOOG) executive and Internet activist who became a leader of the Egyptian revolution in 2010 …

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Microsoft:
Royal Caribbean International hits the high seas with Microsoft tech  —  Cruise line equips 40,000 crew members with Windows 8.1 tablets, in part to use Skype, OneDrive and more to keep in closer touch with family members and friends while away from home.
Intel:
Disrupting the Data Center to Create the Digital Services Economy  —  I had the pleasure of joining Tom Krazit on stage at the Gigaom Structure'14 conference to share Intel's vision of the data center in support of the growth of the digital services economy.
VMware:
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