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May 29, 2014, 11:55 AM

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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Cue and Iovine talk about Beats acquisition, competing streaming services, Apple TV, more  —  Apple Shows Off its Newest Product, and Promises Much More to Come  —  Apple just agreed to pay $3 billion for Beats Music and Beats Electronics.  Tim Cook says one of the primary reasons …
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 …
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.
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 …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Jimmy Iovine's four decades of experience and celebrity connections lend credibility to Apple's music plans  —  Jimmy Iovine, a Master of Beats, Lends Apple a Skilled Ear  —  CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple's new music impresario, Jimmy Iovine, didn't start out writing code or studying computer engineering …
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.
NBC News:
Snowden on lax NSA security, the “dirty” business of spying, wanting to go home, his training as a spy, and more  —  Edward Snowden's Motive Revealed: He Can ‘Sleep at Night’  —  In the wide-ranging and provocative interview, Snowden:  — Suggested that a deal could be reached …
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft, Salesforce Said to Discuss Cloud Partnership  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and Salesforce.com Inc. (CRM) are close to an agreement that will enable customers of Microsoft's cloud computing service to use Salesforce's customer management programs, said people familiar with the talks, signaling a thaw between two longtime rivals.
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Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Apple's Eddy Cue touts ‘best product pipeline’ in 25 years coming this year  —  Apple's iCloud and iTunes chief Eddy Cue says the products the company plans to show off later this year are the best he's seen in 25 years at the company.  —  “Later this year, we've got the best product pipeline …
BBC:
London's transport authority believes Uber is legal, leaves final decision to London's High Court  —  Uber app taxi row referred to London's High Court  —  Uber's use of a smartphone app to calculate fares has caused controversy  —  London's transport authority has announced it does …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
“TrueCrypt is not secure,” official SourceForge page abruptly warns  —  One of the official webpages for the widely used TrueCrypt encryption program says that development has abruptly ended and warns users of the decade-old tool that it isn't safe to use.  —  “WARNING: Using TrueCrypt …
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Iranian hackers use fake Facebook accounts to spy on U.S., others  —  (Reuters) - In an unprecedented, three-year cyber espionage campaign, Iranian hackers created false social networking accounts and a fake news website to spy on military and political leaders in the United States …
Martyn Williams / North Korea Tech:
North Korea driving instructions come to Google Maps  —  North Korea has strict controls on internal movement, a scarcity of private car ownership and almost no Internet users.  And now it's also got satellite navigation through Google Maps.  —  The service is available through the web …
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 …
Dylan Love / Business Insider:
Simple, The Startup That's Supposed To Revolutionize Banking, Only Has 33,000 Active Users  —  According to this exclusive report by Quartz's Matt Phillips, retail banking company Simple had just “33,387 active customers in April, up 4.5% from March.”  —  Simple CEO Josh Reich responded publicly …

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