May 17, 2013, 2:00 PM

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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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yahoo wants to buy Tumblr.  Will Facebook swoop in at the last minute?  —  Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer thinks that what Blogger did for Google, Tumblr could do for her aging Internet company — make it relevant and a major player on the modern web.  And for that she is willing …
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Yahoo in Talks to Acquire Tumblr Deal could reach as high as $1 billion  —  Is Marissa Mayer about to make a game-changing acquisition?  It appears so.  —  Yahoo is in serious talks with Tumblr to acquire the social blogging site, according to multiple sources familiar with the 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.
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.
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
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Apple Mobile Devices Approved 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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Tweets: @stevekovach
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Bipartisan bill would force government to get a court order before seizing phone records  —  Yesterday, we heard that the Obama administration was pushing for the resurrection of a 2009 media shield law, but a separate bipartisan coalition is also introducing a bill that would make it harder …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
CW Strikes Deal with Apple to Bring Content to Apple TV  —  The CW has struck a deal that will bring the network's content to the Apple TV, reports Deadline.  At the company's annual Upfront Presentation in New York today, CW president Mark Pedowitz announced that the CW's TV Now applications …
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Intel May Have Lost the iPhone Battle, But It Could Still Win the Mobile War  —  As CEO Paul Otellini steps down from his post, he leaves the Intel machine poised to take on the swarming ecosystem of competitors who make smartphone chips.  —  Forty-five years after Intel was founded …

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