May 29, 2014, 7:05 PM

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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.
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 …
Owen Thomas / ReadWrite:
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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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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.
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 …
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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