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May 15, 2015, 6:30 PM

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Chris Urmson / The Official Google Blog:
Google's own self-driving cars will hit public roads this summer with safety drivers aboard and speed capped at 25mph  —  Green lights for our self-driving vehicle prototypes  —  When we started designing the world's first fully self-driving vehicle, our goal was a vehicle that could shoulder the entire burden of driving.
Robert Cookson / Financial Times:
Sources: Several European mobile operators plan option to block ads on their networks this year, consider blocking Google ads by default to force concessions  —  Mobile operators plan to block online advertising  —  Several mobile operators plan to block advertising on their networks …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Oculus Details Rift's Recommended PC Specs, ‘Pauses’ Mac Development  —  We're still a little while off from the Oculus Rift's official consumer launch - pre-orders are starting later this year, the company revealed recently, with shipping beginning early next year.
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Carl Icahn invests $100M in Lyft as part of $150M extension to earlier round, calls Lyft's $2.5B valuation a bargain compared to rival Uber's $41B valuation  —  Icahn Takes $100 Million Stake in Lyft  —  Investor calls Lyft's valuation a bargain to ride-sharing rival Uber
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Pandora should pay 2.5% of revenue to BMI instead of 1.75%, court rules  —  Ruling in Royalty Case Gives BMI a Victory Against Pandora  —  Last week, Pandora Media won two battles in its long-running war against the music industry, but on Thursday, it lost one — this time over how much it should pay …
Wall Street Journal:
Belgian Watchdog Slams Facebook's Privacy Controls  —  Facebook is facing a wave of probes by European regulators into its privacy practices  —  BRUSSELS—Belgium's privacy watchdog sharply criticized Facebook, saying the social network company treated the personal data of its users …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Razer Nabu X review: a $50 comfortable smartband with fairly accurate step counting but has useless LED user interface and adds no functionality to phones  —  Razer Nabu X smartband review  —  Most people associate Razer with gaming laptops, mice, and other hardware.
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