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May 19, 2015, 10:55 AM

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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Apple, Google, and leading cryptologists urge President Obama in letter to reject backdoors in smartphones and other devices  —  Tech giants urge Obama to resist ‘backdoors’ into encrypted communications  —  Tech behemoths including Apple and Google and leading cryptologists …
AccessNow.org / Facebook:
Advocacy organizations from 31 countries say Facebook's Internet.org violates net neutrality, security, privacy, and threatens freedom of expression  —  Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg Regarding Internet.org, Net Neutrality, Privacy, and Security  —  We, the undersigned …
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Apple releases new $1,999 27-inch Retina iMac and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad  —  Apple releases cheaper Retina iMac and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch  —  Apple is starting to bring the price down on its 5K Retina iMac, releasing a new version today that sells …
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
After nearly a decade of research, Apple shelved plans over a year ago for the TV set that Carl Icahn expects it to release in 2016  —  Behind Apple's Move to Shelve TV Plans  —  Apple had dropped its TV plans, but investor Carl Icahn sees the firm entering the market next year
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
YotaPhone2 U.S. pre-orders open on Indiegogo starting at $500 with an August delivery  —  Russian mobile broadband provider and smartphone manufacturer Yota has finally revealed the U.S. pricing and pre-order details for the second version of its smartphone, the YotaPhone2, six months after its European launch.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Apple releases first official Lightning Dock for iPhone 6/6 Plus for $39  —  Apple Now Sells A Lightning Dock For Your iPhone  —  Apple has finally done what many had long hoped it would - released an official dock for Lightning-sporting iPhones, ranging from the 5 all the way up to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Pinterest Co-Founder Evan Sharp On International Ambitions, The Apple Watch, The SF Housing Crisis And More  —  As part of a larger story about Pinterest's Jumpstart program — a new experiment in its international expansion — I sat down with Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp to talk about the company and its current goals.
More: TechCrunchTweets: @jonrussell
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
State Department won't release Hillary Clinton's emails until January 2016  —  The State Department is proposing a deadline of January 2016 to complete its review and public release of 55,000 pages of emails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exchanged on a private server and turned over to her former agency last December.
More: The Verge and VICE NewsTweets: @csoghoian and @csoghoian

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