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May 28, 2014, 10:20 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 …
Laszlo Bock / The Official Google Blog:
Diversity at Google: 70% men; 61% white, 30% Asian, 3% Hispanic, 2% black  —  Getting to work on diversity at Google  —  We've always been reluctant to publish numbers about the diversity of our workforce at Google.  We now realize we were wrong, and that it's time to be candid about the issues.
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.
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 …
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?

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