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May 14, 2015, 10:55 AM

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Jeff Benjamin / iDownloadBlog.com:
Apple Watch, which lacks iPhone's Activation Lock feature, can easily be reset if stolen  —  Watch OS 1.0 lacks the necessary security features to dissuade thieves  —  The Apple Watch contains security measures to prevent thieves from accessing your data, but it doesn't include …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
‘Apple Music’ Beats-based streaming service to have Ping-like social network for artists  —  Apple's upcoming Beats-based streaming music service will likely be named “Apple Music” and will have deep social networking integration for artists, according to industry sources briefed on the plans for the new service.
Nandita Bose / Reuters:
Wal-Mart to take on Amazon Prime this summer with $50/year service that delivers select products in 3 days, invitation only for now  —  Wal-Mart challenges Amazon with unlimited shipping service for $50 per year  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc is planning to test a new unlimited online shipping service …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft Hyperlapse creates smooth time-lapse videos on Windows and Android  —  Microsoft first announced its Hyperlapse video technology just a couple of weeks before Instagram launched its own Hyperlapse app on iOS last year.  Designed primarily as a way to transform bumpy GoPro videos …
Rdio Blog:
Rdio launches Rdio Select streaming service at $3.99 per month, with ad-free radio stations and 25 songs per day  —  Introducing Rdio Select: Enhanced Stations and Your Choice of Songs to Play Anytime.  Only $3.99/month.  —  We're thrilled to announce a brand new way to enjoy your favorite music …
John Herrman / The Awl:
19 early observations on Facebook's Instant Articles  —  Notes on the Surrender at Menlo Park  —  1. The manner in which Instant Articles are seen within Facebook's News Feed is nearly as important as they way they're hosted.  Yes, they load faster.  But the way they are previewed in the feed …
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Wolfram has created a website that will identify any image you throw at it  —  One of the most amazing things you can do with Wolfram Alpha is ask it what planes are overhead.  If you're on your phone, it will pull your location, then cross reference that with a database of flights …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers uncover “self-sustaining” botnets of poorly secured routers  —  Home and small office devices are free for the taking, ensuring follow-on hacks.  —  Large numbers of home and small-office routers are under the control of hackers who are using them to overwhelm websites …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
The Muse Raises $10M From Aspect Ventures To Scale A Career Site For Millennials  —  It was only a few years ago that I met Kathryn Minshew, Alexandra Cavoulacos, and Melissa McCreery through Y Combinator.  They were three women who set out to make a career site for other young women like them with rich …
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Snapchat launching its first regularly scheduled content: weekly stories from MLB and fans  —  Snapchat Will Feature Weekly Content From MLB and Baseball Fans  —  Snapchat is working with Major League Baseball Advanced Media to bring weekly baseball-related video content to its popular mobile-messaging service.
Leena Rao / Fortune:
Exclusive: PlanGrid raises $18 million from Sequoia to digitize construction blueprints  —  A few years ago, two recent college graduates noticed big inefficiencies in the use of paper blueprints in designing and planning new buildings.  For one job, a bound set of paper blueprints could cost an astonishing $23,000.
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Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:
Jennifer Fonstad and Theresia Gouw's Aspect Ventures raises first $150M fund  —  A Venture Capital Firm Led by 2 Women Plans to Introduce a Fund  —  SAN FRANCISCO — More than a year after striking out on their own, the founders of Aspect Ventures are preparing a formal introduction of a sizable fund.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
To-Do App Wunderlist Debuts An API, Early Integrations Of Slack, Sunrise, HipChat And More  —  Wunderlist, the to-do app based out of Berlin, is now approaching 13 million free and paid accounts.  And today it is adding a new feature that it hopes will make the app a lot more useful and more used …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
The dual-display YotaPhone 2 is coming to US in July via an Indiegogo campaign, unlocked with 32GB for about $680  —  The dual-display YotaPhone 2 is now cheaper, better, and available in white  —  The YotaPhone 2 was one of the pleasant surprises of last year, combining an OLED display …

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