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May 30, 2014, 2:25 PM

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Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
Samsung is working with Oculus on a screenless VR headset that uses a smartphone as a display, won't focus solely on gaming  —  Samsung is working with Oculus on a media-focused VR headset  —  Last week we told you about Samsung's unannounced virtual reality headset: a peripheral …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
FCC to consider changing the definition of “broadband” to 25Mbps, up from the current 4Mbps  —  The FCC may consider a stricter definition of broadband in the Netflix age  —  What is high-speed Internet?  Believe it or not, there is a technical definition.  Currently, it's set at 4 megabits per second.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How Google's New “Right To Be Forgotten” Form Works: An Explainer  —  Google has taken a big step forward with complying with the European Union's new “Right To Be Forgotten” that was established after a court ruling earlier this month.  The company has established a new form allowing …
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Google has established a “right to be forgotten” form following EU ruling  —  Begrudgingly, Google Offers a Form for People Who Want to Be Forgotten  —  Europe's highest court on May 13 decided that its citizens could ask search engines to delete search results about themselves.
Abhijeet M. / SamMobile:
Original Samsung Galaxy Gear (SM-V700) now being updated to Tizen  —  The time has come for owners of the original Galaxy Gear to say goodbye to Android and welcome Tizen onto their smartwatch.  Samsung has begun rolling out an update to the Galaxy Gear that will bring over Tizen, the company's in-house OS, to the smartwatch.
Mercury News:
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife to donate $120 million to needy Bay Area schools  —  The world's most innovative community shouldn't also be a home for struggling public schools.  Today Priscilla and I are announcing a $120 million commitment to support efforts to improve education for underserved communities in the Bay Area.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Hipmunk Raises $20M Round For Its Agony- And Ecstasy-Based Travel Search  —  Flight and hotel search startup Hipmunk is announcing that it has raised $20 million in Series C funding.  —  The round was led by Oak Investment Partners.  Hipmunk co-founder and CEO Adam Goldstein told …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
New Heartbleed attack hits Android devices and routers over Wi-Fi  —  Seven weeks after the bug put the web on high alert, Heartbleed is still causing problems.  A new report from Portuguese security researcher Luis Grangeia describes how the same bug could be used over Wi-Fi to enable …
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Motorola to close down Texas factory this year, will continue making Moto X elsewhere  —  Google's Motorola Mobility to Close Factory in Texas  —  Fort Worth Plant to Close by End of Year; Employs 700 Workers Who Assemble Moto X Phones  —  Google Inc. 's attempt to build smartphones …
Michael Vakulenko / Medium:
Beats is a platform, connecting artists with fans; Apple's users will enable network effects on it  —  To understand Beats you need to understand Lady Gaga  —  Look beyond headphones, play lists, music streaming, wearables and label deals  —  The news are finally out—Apple is buying Beats for 3 Billion Dollars.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Emerging Market Strategy Includes Its Own Version Of A “Facebook Zero” Like Service Called “Twitter Access”  —  Mobile carriers around the world are touting their involvement in a program called “Twitter Zero,” but that's not its real name.  —  In 2010, Facebook revealed …
David Ulevitch / OpenDNS Blog:
OpenDNS will be ad-free for all users starting June 6  —  No more ads  —  TL;DR: We've always tried to put user experience first, even when that gets in the way of making more money.  Browsers have changed, we've become a security company, and we've shifted our business to rely …
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.
Newley Purnell / Wall Street Journal:
Google, Facebook skip meeting with Thai junta, intended to discuss monitoring anticoup dissent  —  Social-Media Companies Skip Meeting With Thai Junta  —  Military Leaders Seeking to Monitor Dissent Run Into Modern Challenges  —  A day after the temporary Facebook outage in Thailand, questions remain over the cause.
More: Gigaom and Engadget
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 …
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.

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