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May 29, 2014, 8:50 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.
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 …
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Steve Ballmer appears to win Clippers bidding war for $2 billion  —  Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer appears to have won a frenetic bidding war for ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, with a $2-billion offer that would set a record price for an NBA team.
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.
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 Salesforce.com partner to bring Salesforce platform to Windows, Windows Phone, and Office 365  —  Microsoft and Salesforce.com today announced a strategic partnership that will bring the latter's Customer Relationship Management (CRM) apps to Windows, Windows Phone, and Office 365.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Snapchat CEO ‘Mortified’ by Leaked Stanford Frat E-Mails  —  Snapchat Inc. Chief Executive Officer Evan Spiegel apologized for e-mails he sent during his fraternity days that celebrated getting drunk and convincing sorority women to perform sexual acts.  —  The profanity-laced e-mails …
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.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Rumored Split-Screen Multitasking Feature for iOS 8 Not Ready for WWDC Preview  —  The rumored split-screen multitasking feature said to be coming with iOS 8 is still a work in progress and won't be previewed at Apple's upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, according to Brian Chen of the New York Times.
More: BGR, SlashGear and TechnoBuffaloTweets: @bxchen
Harish Jonnalagadda / Android Central:
Google demoes Android Wear notifications  —  In a Google+ post, Senior Developer Advocate at Google Timothy Jordan highlighted how notifications will be handled on Google's upcoming Android Wear platform.  —  Basically, any app that serves notifications on your Android smartphone or tablet …
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.

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