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May 30, 2014, 8:15 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.
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.
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.
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 …
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Grant Gross / PC World:
Bill would prohibit FCC from reclassifying broadband as utility  —  A U.S. lawmaker has introduced legislation that would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from reclassifying broadband as a common-carrier utility, a move many net neutrality advocates have called for.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Shock resistant Galaxy S5 Active available from AT&T for $199.99 on two year contract  —  AT&T releases shock-resistant Samsung Galaxy S5 Active  —  The Samsung Galaxy S5's waterproofing was one of its headline features, but if you need a little more resilience AT&T may have you covered.
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Security experts to complete audit of TrueCrypt, may revive it after mysterious shutdown  —  Exclusive: Security enthusiasts may revive encryption tool after mystery shutdown  —  (Reuters) - A team of security experts may seek to restore and improve a popular computer encryption system …
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.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Re/code's Mike Isaac joins NYT as a tech reporter  —  Re/code editor Mike Isaac is moving to New York to report on tech for The New York Times, Business Editor Dean Murphy and Technology Editor Suzanne Spector tell staff.  —  Jenna Wortham is joining Sunday Business full time.  —  Here's the note:
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 …
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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