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May 10, 2013, 12:25 AM

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New ways to support great content on YouTube  —  We've been building a YouTube partner program since 2007 that enables content creators to earn revenue for their creativity.  We've watched them build amazing channels that have made YouTube into a news, education and entertainment destination …
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Developing Smartphone With 3-D Screen  —  New Gadgets, Including Audio-Only Device, Is Bid to Expand Beyond Kindle Fire.  — Amazon's hardware ambitions are broadening.  The Seattle e-commerce giant has recently been developing a wide-ranging lineup of gadgets—including two smartphones …
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
State Department Demands Takedown Of 3D-Printable Gun Files For Possible Export Control Violations  —  The battle for control of dangerous digital shapes may have just begun.  —  On Thursday, Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson received a letter from the State Department Office …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Previews New Features For Home, Which Is Near 1M Downloads And Increases Users' Time Spent On Facebook By 25%  —  “Home is the first product we've released that's really about ‘mobile-best’ and the transition beyond ‘mobile first’” said Facebook's VP Cory Ondrejka.
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Apple wins trademark case over ‘iBooks’  —  A small New York publisher that uses the label “ibooks” has struck out in its lawsuit against Apple, after a New York court on Wednesday held that the publisher's mark was not distinct and that consumers would not confuse the two companies' products.
Erin Griffith / PandoDaily:
Can't raise a Series A?  Just sell yourself to Yahoo  —  While many have speculated on the ways CEO Marissa Mayer will remake Yahoo, none have correctly predicted what the company has actually become: A safe haven for VC rejects.  —  Since taking the helm in October, Mayer has snapped up nine young …
Ashlee Vance / Businessweek:
Netflix, Reed Hastings Survive Missteps to Join Silicon Valley's Elite  —  On a normal weeknight, Netflix (NFLX) accounts for almost a third of all Internet traffic entering North American homes.  That's more than YouTube, Hulu, Amazon.com (AMZN), HBO Go, iTunes, and BitTorrent combined.
John Fontana / ZDNet:
Google unveils 5-year roadmap for strong authentication  —  Summary: Smartphones and smart apps are major factor in access control strategy that plans to ignore whining from end-users  —  Google Wednesday unveiled a five-year road map for stronger consumer authentication tagging smartphones …
Matt Rosoff / CITEworld:
Box buys Crocodoc to display files more beautifully in any browser  —  Box has acquired Crocodoc, a five-year-old company that provides technology to display and annotate documents at high fidelity in a browser.  It is Box's first acquisition since 2009.  —  Crocodoc is geared toward developers today …
Wall Street Journal:
ESPN Eyes Subsidizing Wireless-Data Plans  —  Smartphone users who binge on video, games and other content must monitor their usage to ensure they don't run over monthly data caps that wireless carriers have put in place in recent years.  —  Now, some media companies whose mobile content gets …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Can Congress Blow Up the TV Bundle?  John McCain Is Going to Try — Again.  —  Lots of people say they want to break up the bundle — the economic model that keeps the TV Industrial Complex intact — but no one has been able to do it.  Can Congress?  —  Senator John McCain is going to try …
Leo Mirani / Quartz:
How Facebook could save Nokia  —  On Tuesday, Nokia chief Stephen Elop fielded questions from irate shareholders at his company's annual meeting in Helsinki.  When, they wanted to know, would he do something about Apple and Samsung?  In London next week, Nokia will announce its new high-end flagship product, whatever it is.
Ian Sherr / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Developed Prototypes for a TV Set-Top Box  —  As videogame fans await the unveiling of Microsoft Corp.'s next Xbox, questions about another piece hardware loom for the software giant.  —  The company has been quietly developing designs for a separate, simpler set-top device …
Choire Sicha / The Awl:
Twitter Verification?  No Thanks  —  A few months back, Mike Hayes, who's a senior reporter at BuzzFeed and who also runs the official BuzzFeed Twitter account, sent around an email to the office.  Twitter, he reported, was going to be verifying the whole staff at once.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Members of Congress finally introduce serious DMCA reform  —  The Library of Congress sparked a firestorm late last year when it issued new rules that made it effectively illegal to unlock a cell phone to switch to a new wireless carrier.  An online petition on the issue attracted …
Christopher Mims / Quartz:
New Zealand isn't exactly outlawing software patents—it's doing something more interesting  —  Despite what you may have read, New Zealand is not “banning” software patents.  Indeed, the country has never explicitly allowed the patenting of software in the first place …
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Icahn, Southeastern Propose Alternative to Dell Buyout  —  Two of Dell Inc.'s largest stockholders, investor Carl Icahn and Southeastern Asset Management Inc., proposed an alternative offer to a $24.4 billion deal to buy out the company's public stockholders.
More: CNET and DealBook
Eva Dou / Digits:
PC Makers Hopeful on Windows 8 Changes  —  With the PC industry in severe contraction, industry executives seem terribly relieved to have found some optimism to cling to.  —  PC makers in Asia say there is hope yet for Windows 8, the new operating system that even Microsoft Corp. has admitted hasn't been a huge hit.
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
First look: Pixelmator 2.2 Blueberry goes live in the Mac App Store  —  As promised, image editor Pixelmator released a substantial update to its OS X app on Thursday, with over 100 new features and improvements including shapes, smart move, paint selection and an “effect” called Light Leak.
More: MacRumors
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Apple Wins Order on Google Documents in Samsung Case  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) was ordered by a judge to reveal how it's searching for internal documents related to its Android operating system sought by Apple Inc. (AAPL) in a patent-infringement lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co. (005930)

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