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May 6, 2015, 6:35 AM

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Bloomberg Business:
Microsoft evaluates possible bid for Salesforce though companies are not in talks  —  Microsoft Is Said to Evaluate Possible Bid for Salesforce.com  —  Microsoft Corp. is evaluating a bid for Salesforce.com Inc., after the cloud software provider was approached by another would-be buyer, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Sources: Apple to announce new Beats at WWDC on June 8 with consumer non-beta launch late June  —  Beats revamp still debuting at WWDC, global release late-June, iOS 9 details revealed  —  According to a report today from Billboard, Apple does not have the deals in place to launch …
New York Times:
Google Ventures' Bill Maris likens the $6M cash-out by founders of portfolio company Secret to a “bank heist” in interview  —  The Lessons Google Ventures Learned From Secret  —  For many in Silicon Valley, the rapid rise and precipitous fall of Secret, the prominent start …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Cloud Bigtable, A Very Fast NoSQL Database For The Enterprise  —  With Cloud Bigtable, Google is launching a new NoSQL database service today that, as the name implies, is powered by the company's Bigtable data storage system.  —  The added twist here is that the new service …
BBC:
EU court rules Skype's name is too similar to Britain's Sky broadcasting, preventing Microsoft from registering trademark  —  Court says Skype's name is too similar to Sky's  —  The court said Skype's logo resembled a cloud  —  Video chat software Skype's name is so similar …
Matt Townsend / Bloomberg Business:
Home Depot announces it will accept Apple Pay after equipment upgrade, making it the biggest retailer to do so with more than 2K stores  —  Home Depot to Become Largest Retailer to Accept Apple Pay  —  Home Depot Inc. plans to enable Apple Inc.'s mobile-payment platform at its more than 2,000 stores …
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Zenefits raises $500M round led by Fidelity Management and TPG at a valuation of $4.5B  —  Zenefits Tagged With $4.5 Billion Valuation After Just Two Years  —  The latest software company valued at over $1 billion doesn't make a dime selling software.  —  Rather, San Francisco startup Zenefits …
Antonio Regalado / MIT Technology Review:
Sources: Apple working with US researchers to offer DNA testing via ResearchKit  —  Apple Has Plans for Your DNA  —  The iPhone could become a new tool in genetic studies.  —  Of all the rumors ever to swirl around the world's most valuable company, this may be the first that could involve spitting in a plastic cup.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft's Outlook.com will be powered by Office 365, but the name will remain the same  —  Microsoft's Outlook.com will be powered by Office 365  —  Microsoft is planning to replace the technology and interface of Outlook.com with Office 365.  Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans tell …
Nitasha Tiku / The Verge:
Source: Twitter CFO Anthony Noto to head marketing department as search for CMO continues  —  Twitter gives control of its hapless marketing department to its chief financial officer  —  As an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, Anthony Noto orchestrated Twitter's initial public offering.
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
OpenTV files lawsuit against Apple alleging iTunes software violates five streaming patents  —  Interactive TV Pioneer OpenTV Sues Apple, Alleging Patent Infringement  —  Interactive television pioneer OpenTV has sued Apple, alleging that the Cupertino technology giant infringed on its patents.
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Google rolls out new ad formats for small screens as mobile searches overtake desktop in US, Japan, and eight other countries  —  Google Rolls Out New Ads as Mobile Searches Top PCs in 10 Countries  —  Google Tuesday expanded its suite of ads for mobile devices that offer users information …
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Google to let developers A/B test app profile pages on Play Store, try different price points, will likely announce at Google I/O 2015  —  Google Sweetens Android for App Developers  —  App stores have hardly been hotbeds of innovation in recent years.  But Google is taking some new steps …
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
GOG's DRM-free Steam competitor is finally open to everyone  —  GOG is best known for its library of classic games — it was originally called Good Old Games — but last year the company announced a new venture that would put it in direct competition with PC gaming behemoth Steam.
Stacey Higginbotham / Fortune:
Comcast expands home automation platform with nine new partners including Nest, August, and Automatic, plans SDK later this year  —  Comcast's Xfinity home platform adds Nest, August, and more  —  Comcast has expanded its home automation lineup by adding support for devices …
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Madeline McMahon / Bloomberg Business:
Apple's Ahrendts was the top-paid woman in the US last year with $83M, Marissa Mayer was the country's highest-paid female CEO making $59.1M  —  Apple's Ahrendts Emerges as Top-Paid U.S. Woman With $83 Million  —  Angela Ahrendts, Apple Inc.'s senior vice president of retail and online stores …

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