May 29, 2014, 7:50 PM

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Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
Apple's upcoming smart home program is about ‘Made for iPhone’ certification, not deep product integration  —  Here's how Apple's smart home program will work  —  Apple's move into the smart home isn't actually the grand experience I had hoped for.
Reggie Ugwu / BuzzFeed:
Amazon Prime to offer music streaming service with songs six months old or older, coming June/July; Sony, Warner on board  —  Exclusive: Amazon Prime To Offer Music Streaming Service — With 6-Month-Old Songs  —  The internet giant has reached deals with major labels for a service to launch this June or July.
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to buy Clippers for $2 billion  —  Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer won a frenetic bidding war for ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, with his $2-billion offer setting a record price for an NBA team, The Times has learned.
Parmy Olson / Forbes:
Microsoft to offer a sensor-rich smartwatch that measures heart rate, syncs with iPhones, Android and Windows Phones  —  Exclusive: A Microsoft Smartwatch Is Coming  —  Microsoft is the latest technology giant preparing to jump into the wearables market, with plans to offer a sensor-rich smartwatch …
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Foursquare's COO, Biz Dev Head Are Leaving  —  Foursquare has undergone major changes to its entire product lineup.  Now it faces an executive shuffle.  —  Current Chief Operating Officer Evan Cohen will leave the company in the coming weeks, after spending the past four and a half years at the company.
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Snowden complained about mass surveillance tactics to his NSA masters  —  “NSA has now explained that they have found one email inquiry by Edward Snowden.”  —  During his recent interview with NBC's Brian Williams, whistleblower Edward Snowden said that he did go through official channels …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
YouTube starts rating U.S. ISPs, puts its weight behind settlement-free peering  —  Google released an U.S.-focused version of its video quality report Tuesday, which offers users a way to check which of their local ISPs deliver the best-looking YouTube streams.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft and partner to bring Salesforce platform to Windows, Windows Phone, and Office 365  —  Microsoft and today announced a strategic partnership that will bring the latter's Customer Relationship Management (CRM) apps to Windows, Windows Phone, and Office 365.
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Twitter Engineering SVP Chris Fry to Depart the Company  —  Chris Fry, Twitter's senior vice president of engineering, plans to step down from his executive role at the company, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday afternoon.
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / Wall Street Journal:
Beats unveils newly designed Solo2 headphones; pre-order for $199.95, will arrive June 1  —  Beats Reboots Its Best-Selling Solo Line—and They Sound Better Than Ever  —  Not one day after Apple made its $3 billion purchase of Beats official, the music technology company led by Dr. Dre …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Root backdoor found in surveillance gear used by law enforcement  —  Software used by law enforcement organizations to intercept the communications of suspected criminals contains a litany of critical weaknesses, including an undocumented backdoor secured with a hardcoded password, security researchers said today.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Vimeo gets into original content with short comedy series ‘High Maintenance’  —  Vimeo is the latest video streaming service to get into original content, today announcing that it's ordered six episodes of the short comedy High Maintenance to debut later this year.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
OpenSSL to get a security audit and two full-time developers  —  A Linux Foundation project inspired by the Heartbleed security flaw announced that it will fund a security audit for the OpenSSL code base and the salaries of two full-time developers.  —  The Heartbleed flaw shone a spotlight …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
GE integrates iBeacons in new LED lighting fixtures rolling out in Walmart & other retailers  —  Up until now most retailers have been deploying Apple's iBeacon technology by purchasing small standalone Bluetooth beacons or using iPad terminals that act as beacons.
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Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom:
Data cleaner Trifacta raises a $25M series C round  —  Trifacta, a startup focused on getting raw data into shape so data scientists, analysts or whomever can get started analyzing it, has raised $25 million in series C financing.  Ignition Partners is a new investor in the latest round round …

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