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May 28, 2014, 5:30 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 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
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 of Beats Electronics and Beats Music, Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent a letter to employees regarding the deal.
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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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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Microsoft:
Latest Garage releases break new ground for do-it-yourselfers, note takers and more  —  Every creation starts with a sketch.  To make getting his ideas off the ground easier, Dan Marshall crafted a JavaScript software library …
Zoho:
Zoho Survey - Multiple Feature Updates  —  Eagle-eyed users of Zoho Survey would have noticed a few more options popping up over the past couple of weeks.  Wondering whether you might have missed any?  Here is the whole list:
Whitepages:
Two-Factor SMS Verification: Reducing Fraudulent Account Creation  —  Businesses are increasingly shifting from email verification to phone verification for on-boarding new customers.  This is particularly prevalent in apps.
Igloo:
New ways to try Igloo 2: Templates reloaded  —  We offer a free version of our product, and we made a few templates to get you started.  Here is a quick overview of what we built for you, so you can get a feel for yourself of our platform.
 

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