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May 15, 2013, 11:50 AM

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Kellex / Droid Life:
New Google Maps Sign-up Page Goes Live Briefly, Reveals All Sorts of New Details  —  A new version of Google Maps for the desktop was leaked last week showing a new look that provided a more full-screen experience while matching up to the Google Now-esque card style of other Google services.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Mobile malware exploding, but only for Android  —  Malware targeting mobile devices is rapidly growing in both the number of variants found in the wild and in their complexity and sophistication, but the only platform being actively targeted is Google's Android, which researchers now say is resembling Windows on the desktop PC.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Verizon, VMware roll out Android work, life sandboxes  —  Summary: Verizon Enterprise will use VMware's Horizon Mobile software to segment work and life personas.  The move is part of a broader effort to make Android more enterprise friendly.  —  Verizon's enterprise unit and VMware …
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Apple sued over faulty power button on iPhone 4  —  A Florida woman is seeking more than $5 million from Apple on behalf of thousands of iPhone owners who allegedly bought phones with defective power buttons that would not lock or turn off.  —  In a class action suit filed in San Jose …
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
HP SlateBook x2 Targets iPad with $479 Detachable Android Tablet  —  HP is going right after the iPad with the SlateBook x2, the first Android detachable tablet with Nvidia's powerful Tegra 4 processor inside.  Available in August, this hybrid slate has a full HD 10.2 inch display and a keyboard dock with its own battery.
Bill Wasik / Wired:
In the Programmable World, All Our Objects Will Act as One  —  WELCOME TO  —  THE PROGRAMMABLE  —  In our houses, cars, and factories, we're surrounded by tiny, intelligent devices that capture data about how we live and what we do.  Now they are beginning to talk to one another.
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Tim Maly / Wired:
A Cloudless Atlas — How MapBox Aims to Make the World's ‘Most Beautiful Map’  —  Using open data, MapBox is taking on the big players in online maps.  Now they want to fix satellite view.  —  In February 2013, imagery specialist Charlie Loyd was looking for a job.
Agence France Presse:
Internet, telecoms cut across Syria: SANA  —  DAMASCUS — Internet and telecommunications in Syria were down across the country, the state news agency SANA reported on Wednesday, saying a fault with a fibre-optic cable was to blame.  —  “Maintenance and repair work is underway to reestablish …
Wall Street Journal:
Google CEO Larry Page Diagnosed With ‘Vocal Cord Paralysis’  —  Larry Page is the face of Google Inc., but the chief executive has had trouble being its voice.  On Tuesday, Mr. Page broke his silence as to why.  —  In a post on the company's Google+ social networking service …
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