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May 14, 2013, 12:30 AM

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Steven Levy / Wired:
New Android Boss Finally Reveals Plans for World's Most Popular Mobile OS  —  For the past few years, Sundar Pichai has been part of a tag-team routine staged at Google's annual I/O developer conference.  Pichai, a Googler since 2004, would present on behalf of Google's Chrome division …
Nate Hoffelder / The Digital Reader:
Confirmed: Amazon Bought Liquavista - Color Kindle to Follow?  —  For the past four months I have been saying that Amazon was in the market to buy Samsung's screen tech company Liquavista, and today I do believe the rumors have come true.  —  New filings from the Netherlands Chamber …
Fred Wilson / A VC:
You Can Do Too Much Due Diligence  —  It's Monday, time for another lesson I've learned in the venture capital business.  Today I will tell a story that I love telling.  It has some of my favorite people in it.  —  Back in 2004, early in my blogging career, I heard about a service that had just launched called Feedburner.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Google Unifies Its Free And Paid Storage Options, Gives You 15GB To Share Between Drive, Gmail And Google+ Photos  —  Until now, you've had to track your free storage on Google products separately.  It was just another thing that Google hadn't brought together to make it easier on users.
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Verizon Wireless to pay parents surprise $7 billion dividend  —  (Reuters) - Verizon Wireless, the biggest U.S. mobile service provider, said on Monday it would pay its parents Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group Plc a dividend of $7 billion in June, surprising some analysts who had not expected a big payout.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter Acquires Big Data Visualization Startup Lucky Sort, Service To Shutter In Months Ahead  —  Lucky Sort, a Portland, Oregon-based startup behind a visualization and navigation engine called TopicWatch that helped to discover patterns in live data streams, has been acquired by Twitter.
Reuters:
France weighs ‘culture tax’ for Apple, Google products  —  (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande will decide by the end of July whether France should impose new taxes on technology giants like Apple and Google to finance cultural projects, a move that could feed into an anti-business image days after a spat with Yahoo!.
Reiji Murai / Reuters:
Sharp to seek Samsung edge for survival as Apple sales lose steam  —  (Reuters) - Japanese display maker Sharp Corp, a supplier to Apple Inc, will aim to boost sales to the iPhone maker's chief rival Samsung Electronics Co under a three-year rehabilitation roadmap to secure its survival.
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Pete Norman / Sky News:
Twitter Boss Quits UK Role Post TweetDeck  —  Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has resigned as director of its UK arm  —  The American boss of Twitter has resigned as director of its UK arm, two days after the business regulator struck off its other British firm for failure to file accounts.
Lauren Indvik / Mashable:
Amazon Cloud Player Launches PC App  —  As part of its mission to bring its music service “everywhere,” Amazon announced the release of a dedicated Cloud Player app for desktop PCs Monday.  The release comes less than a week after Amazon announced iOS compatibility with Ford Sync-enabled vehicles.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon Now Offers Amazon Coins Virtual Currency On Kindle Fire, Gives $5 In Free Coins To All Users  —  E-commerce leviathan Amazon today is taking a step into social gaming: Amazon Coins, its new virtual currency, is now live in the U.S. To kick it off, Amazon announced that it would put $5 worth …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Intelligent To Do List App Any.DO Raises $3.5 Million, Will Further Expand Into Personal Productivity Space  —  Q: Why does a to do list application need $3.5 million in funding?  A: Because it's becoming more than a simple to do app.  Today, Any.DO one of the more popular to do list applications …
David McLaughlin / Bloomberg:
Apple, Google Pressed by N.Y. Over Handheld Device Thefts  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Google Inc. (GOOG) are among technology companies being asked by the New York attorney general to take steps to deter thefts of iPhones and other handheld devices and eliminate a black market for the products.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Glympse Launches Its First API To Share Location Tracking In Any App Or Platform  —  Glympse has been in the news for its deals with the likes of Ford, Mercedes Benz and BMW/Mini to integrate its location-sharing and tracking technology into in-car systems on connected automobiles.

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