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May 17, 2013, 4:30 PM

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AllThingsD:
Will Yahoo Try to Get Its “Cool Again” by Doing a Deal for Tumblr?  —  Earlier this week, Yahoo CFO Ken Goldman spoke at JP Morgan's Global Technology conference and underscored the need for the aging Silicon Valley Internet giant to attract more users from the coveted 18-to-24-years-old age bracket.
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Greg Sandoval / The Verge:
How Google beat Apple to a streaming music service  —  Sources say iRadio is still mired in licensing talks and may not be ready for WWDC  —  Google's long-rumored Play Music All Access service is already out the door, while Apple's iRadio is still bogged down in licensing talks.
Kim Yoo-chul / The Korea Times:
Galaxy S4 sales to top 10 million  —  Mobile chief hints that sales may hit 100 million mark  —  Samsung Electronics said Thursday it expects its latest flagship handset, the Galaxy S4, to surpass the 10 million mark in sales next week.  —  “We are confident that we will pass more than 10 million sales of the S4 next week.
Bloomberg:
Apple Mobile Devices Cleared for Use on U.S. Military Networks  —  The Pentagon cleared Apple Inc. (AAPL) devices for use on its networks, setting the stage for the maker of iPhones and iPads to compete with Samsung Electronics Co. and BlackBerry for military sales.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
How Google updated Android without releasing version 4.3  —  Google I/O didn't give us the Android update we were expecting—or did it??  —  Google covered a lot of ground in its three-and-a-half-hour opening keynote at Google I/O yesterday, but one thing it didn't announce was the oft-rumored next version of Android.
More: CNET
Stephen Totilo / Kotaku:
EA Has No Games in Development For Nintendo's Wii U  —  Less than two years after vowing to deliver on an “unprecedented partnership” with Nintendo, gaming giant EA is quiet on the Wii U front.  “We have no games in development for the Wii U currently,” company spokesperson Jeff Brown told Kotaku yesterday.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Yahoo to hold Monday press event as Tumblr buyout rumors swirl  —  CNBC is reporting that Yahoo will hold a “product-related” news event this Monday in New York City.  None other than CEO Marissa Mayer will be speaking at the event.  Exactly what Yahoo plans to announce hasn't yet been disclosed …
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Twitter Teams With NBA to Stream Basketball Replay Videos  —  Twitter Inc. has teamed with the National Basketball Association to stream video clips of game highlights as the blogging service expands beyond 140-character status updates ahead of a possible initial public offering.
More: CNET and Marketing Land
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Gizmodo Pivots From Gadgets to Design  —  Because Kinja.  —  Gizmodo, Gawker media's tech blog, is getting a new editor and a new focus.  Geoff Manaugh, a former senior editor at Dwell Magazine and contributing editor at Wired UK, will take over at Gizmodo.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Bloomberg Names Former IBM CEO Palmisano to Advise on Data Privacy  —  Here's an interesting development in the ongoing data-privacy imbroglio over at Bloomberg LP.  The company just named former IBM CEO Sam Palmisano as an independent adviser with the task of reviewing and recommending changes on privacy and data policies.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google urges fast adoption of VP9 video compression  —  The computing industry has just begun taking the VP8 codec seriously, but Google wants people to adopt its brand-new successor.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google is nearly done with its VP9 video technology, and it wants the world to use it.
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Nvidia Shield pre-orders start today, priced at $349 and ships in June  —  Three days earlier than expected  —  Nvidia is starting orders of its new Android-powered handheld console, Shield, today.  After announcing a $349 price tag and June release date earlier this week …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Newegg nukes “corporate troll” Alcatel in third patent appeal win this year  —  Bell Labs shut down in 2006.  Today, Alcatel-Lucent uses patents that originated at the labs to file lawsuits.  —  Lawrence Aberle / Wikipedia  —  In 2011, Alcatel-Lucent had American e-commerce on the ropes.
More: TechSpot
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Concerns Arise on U.S. Effort to Allow Internet ‘Wiretaps’  —  Surveillance can be a tricky affair in the Internet age.  —  A federal law called the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act allows law enforcement officials to tap a traditional phone, as long as they get approval from a judge.
International Design Times:
Firefox 22 Won't Block Third-Party Tracking Cookies: Why Mozilla Delayed Default Blocker And How Your Privacy Is Affected  —  Privacy and Security  —  Mozilla announced it will be delaying the default block on third-party cookie tracking in the upcoming Firefox 22 citing additional testing as the reason for the hold.
Nicholas Thompson / New Yorker:
Julius Genachowski Leaves the F.C.C.  —  After four and a half years running the F.C.C., Julius Genachowski is stepping down on Friday.  He's had an eventful time: dealing with net neutrality, spectrum auctions, mergers, and David Ortiz's exhortative expletive on national TV.
More: The Verge and USA TodayTweets: @qthrul
Wall Street Journal:
Laurene Powell Jobs Goes Public to Promote Dream Act  —  Steve Jobs's widow has taken on a public role, backing one of the most controversial causes in the U.S. today: immigration reform.  And she is doing it using some of the tactics that her late husband, the Apple Inc. co-founder, employed to great effect at the technology giant.
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
FCC Nominee to Divest AT&T, Verizon to Avoid Conflict  —  Tom Wheeler, President Barack Obama's nominee to head the FCC, agreed to sell holdings of $500,001 to $1 million in both AT&T Inc. (T) and Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) to resolve possible conflicts of interest before taking office.

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