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May 30, 2014, 12:30 AM

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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 …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Salesforce CRM apps coming to Windows and Windows Phone  —  Summary: Salesforce and Microsoft have agreed to tighten ties between Salesforce's CRM apps and platform and Microsoft's Windows and Office.  —  Salesforce.com is building new Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 CRM apps …
ESPN:
Steve Ballmer to buy LA Clippers for $2B; agreement signed by Sterling, pending NBA approval  —  Former Microsoft CEO bids $2B  —  Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has submitted a bid of $2 billion to buy the Los Angeles Clippers, sources have confirmed to ESPN.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Quip revamps mobile word processor with new sharing, search features  —  Quip has revamped its Web and mobile word processor, giving it new publishing and search capabilities, as the startup pushes ahead with its quixotic pursuit to disrupt cloud productivity app rivals like Microsoft and Google.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Crashlytics Launches Cross-Platform App Beta Testing Service  —  Back in February, Crashlytics announced its first product since being acquired by Twitter.  That product was an app beta testing platform that would allow developers to distribute test apps to users to get feedback and suss out bugs.
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.

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