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May 15, 2013, 4:36 AM

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Greg Sandoval / The Verge:
Exclusive: Google readies its Spotify competitor with Universal and Sony now on board  —  By signing the three largest record labels, it's likely we'll see Google roll out its new subscription music services at I /O  —  Odds are increasing that Google will give us a peek tomorrow during …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google Doubles Down on Music Subscriptions, Which Means Google Isn't Serious About Music Subscriptions  —  Yes, Google plans to launch a subscription music service this week, via its Google Play store.  —  And yes, Google still plans to launch a separate subscription music service, later this year, via its YouTube site.
Rene Ritchie / iMore:
As of today, every major mobile competitor... also makes apps for iOS  —  A few minutes ago BlackBerry announced BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for iOS.  With that announcement, every single one of Apple's major mobile competitors now makes apps for iOS.  Google, who also has Android …
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
BlackBerry Declines After Move to Open Up BBM Messaging  —  BlackBerry (BBRY) fell the most in a week after announcing plans to open up its BBM instant-messaging system to other smartphones, a move that loosens the company's grip on one of its most valuable services.
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
New York Times:
U.S. Now Paints Apple as ‘Ringmaster’ in Its Lawsuit on E-Book Price-Fixing  —  WASHINGTON — The e-mail, from Steve Jobs of Apple to James Murdoch of News Corporation, reads as if one old sport were trying to cajole another into joining a caper: “Throw in with Apple and see if we can all …
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Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Apple tells U.S. of tough talks, not collusion, with publishers  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc responded to Justice Department accusations it conspired with publishers to push up electronic book prices, saying it negotiated with a number of publishing companies separately and crafted different agreements with each.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Square Debuts Its Latest Hardware, Stand, A $299 Card Swiper For iPad Registers  —  At an event in San Francisco at Blue Bottle Coffee, Square debuted a stand built specifically for the iPad, which turns the device into a card-swiping register.  —  Hardware has always been a part …
Brad Stone / Businessweek:
Larry Page Explains What Happened to His Voice  —  For the first time in nearly a year, Google (GOOG) Chief Executive Officer Larry Page is publicly addressing a question about his personal health: why he lost his voice and continues to speak more hoarsely than is normal.
Donny Halliwell / Inside BlackBerry:
Jake Pearson / Wired:
Meet the Con Man Who Pulled Off a Federal Sting That Cost Google $500 Million  —  ON FEBRUARY 25, 2009, a then 34-year-old career con man named David Anthony Whitaker left the Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, Rhode Island, and slid into the backseat of an unmarked government car.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Tim Cook Coffee Auction Ends with $610,000 Bid  —  The CharityBuzz auction for coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook has just ended, with a final bid driving the price up to $610,000.  Previously, the auction had stagnated at $605,000, where it remained until 30 minutes before the bidding closed.
Associated Press:
German court says Google must act if autocomplete makes defamatory suggestions  —  BERLIN — Google Inc. must respect requests to remove autocomplete entries from its search bar in Germany if they are defamatory, a German court ruled Tuesday.  —  The Federal Court of Justice upheld a complaint …

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