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June 5, 2015, 4:25 AM

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Chrome beta now automatically pauses less important Flash content to boost performance and battery life  —  Google today detailed a very interesting initiative in partnership with Adobe: The two have been working to make Flash content more power-efficient in Chrome.
New York Times:
NSA documents: Justice Department authorized expansion of NSA surveillance to enable search of US Internet traffic for evidence of hacking originating abroad  —  Hunting for Hackers, N.S.A. Secretly Expands Internet Spying at U.S. Border  —  WASHINGTON — Without public notice or debate …
Wall Street Journal:
US suspects Chinese hackers have stolen records of about 4M current and former government employees, FBI probe underway  —  U.S. Suspects Hackers in China Breached About 4 Million People's Records, Officials Say  —  Described as one of the largest thefts of government data ever seen
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Comcast Has Agreed To Acquire Ad Tech Firm Visible World  —  Cable giant Comcast Corp. has agreed to acquire the TV ad-targeting firm Visible World, according to a person familiar with the matter.  —  The deal, if completed, could put the cable giant into a stronger position …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Yahoo shutting down Maps at end of month, Pipes in September, APIs for GeoPlanet and PlaceSpotter in Q3, and some regional media properties over next few weeks  —  Yahoo announces plans to kill off Maps, Pipes, GeoPlanet and PlaceSpotter APIs, and some regional sites
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Messenger removes always-on location sharing feature, replaces it with one-time sharing via pin drop; head of product teases future location features  —  Facebook Messenger Ditches Constant Mapping To Lay Groundwork For More Location Features  —  Facebook is removing the confusing …
Aloysius Low / CNET:
Microdia unveils 512GB microSD card, will cost around $1,000, available in July  —  Microdia crams 512GB into a microSD card, out in July  —  Meant for professional photographers with an unquenchable desire for storage space, this microSD card will cost upwards of $1,000.
Sean Hollister / Gizmodo:
Steam Machines from Alienware and Syber, Steam Controller, and Steam Link available for pre-order to be shipped October 16; general release on November 10  —  Today's the Day You Can Pay for a Steam Machine  —  Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo will do their damnest to sell you on PlayStation, Xbox, and Wii.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Lite Is A Stripped Down Android App For The Developing World  —  Facebook can be painfully slow on weak network connections or prohibitively expensive on stingy data plans that are common in India, Africa, and Southeast Asia.  So today, Facebook is launching a bare-bones …
Chelsey Dulaney / Wall Street Journal:
SunGard Data Systems Files for $100M IPO  —  Private-equity owners to keep majority voting power in software developer  —  Software developer SunGard Data Systems Inc. has filed for an initial public offering, about a decade after a group of private-equity firms acquired it in an $11 billion deal …

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