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May 28, 2014, 12:30 PM

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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:
Satya Nadella on Microsoft's future, the “post-post-PC era,” and his immediate to-do list  —  Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at the Code Conference  —  Highlights: Microsoft's future is about building platforms and software for productivity.  Nadella says we're entering a “post-post-PC era.”
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Buys Mobile App Management Platform Cappitan, Will Integrate It Into Azure  —  Yesterday, Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella noted that Azure, the company's cloud platform, had more work to do have better traction with startups and developers.  Today, the company is taking a step to improve that …
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.
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.
Rebecca Jeschke / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
AF Holdings is denied 1K IP addresses in federal court, big win against copyright trolls  —  Crushing Blow for Copyright Trolls: Appeals Court Halts AF Holdings' Extortion Scheme  —  Copyright Holders Can't Abuse Legal System to Pressure Thousands of Internet Users to Pay Unfair Settlements
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Wavii founder Adrian Aoun leaving Google, taking some of the Wavii team with him  —  Wavii Founder Leaves Google  —  Lots of Google executives are at the Re/Code Code conference in Rancho Palos Verdes this week.  But at least one of them won't be a Google executive for very much longer.
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 …
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