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May 22, 2013, 3:45 PM

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Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
HTC in disarray: staff departures, ‘disastrous’ First, and production problems cloud company's future  —  Internal upheaval comes at a bad time for the struggling phone maker  —  The Verge has learned that HTC's Chief Product Officer, Kouji Kodera, left the company last week.
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
The Xbox One: Hardware Analysis & Comparison to PlayStation 4  —  It's that time of decade again.  Time for a new Xbox.  It took four years for Microsoft to go from the original Xbox to the Xbox 360.  The transition from Xbox 360 to the newly announced Xbox One will take right around 8 years …
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Michael McWhertor / Polygon:
Xbox Live Gold memberships apply to both Xbox One and 360  —  Xbox Live Gold memberships on Xbox One will be flexible and streamlined, according to Microsoft, allowing console owners to use their Gold account on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 and letting multiple users share the same account.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's Impressive “Conversational Search” Goes Live On Chrome  —  The “conversational search” that Google demonstrated at last week's Google I/O conference is now available to users of its Chrome browser, and it's a significant leap in how we use search engines.
Mitali Pattnaik / Twitter Advertising:
Capture user interest with the Lead Generation Card  —  Marketers regularly talk to us about their goals, and for many it boils down to one major theme: generating leads, and ultimately driving purchases.  —  With those goals in mind, today there's a new addition to our suite of Twitter Cards …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple identifies certain patents allegedly infringed by Samsung Galaxy S4 and Google Now app  —  Last week Apple informed the court that it intended to amend its infringement contentions in the second California patent litigation with Samsung to target the Galaxy S4 (instead of some other product …
Brad Stone / Businessweek:
Inside Google's Secret Lab  —  Last February, Astro Teller, the director of Google's (GOOG) secretive research lab, Google X, went to seek approval from Chief Executive Officer Larry Page for an unlikely acquisition.  Teller was proposing that Google buy Makani Power, a startup …
Jimio / Twitter Blog:
Getting started with login verification  —  Every day, a growing number of people log in to Twitter.  Usually these login attempts come from the genuine account owners, but we occasionally hear from people whose accounts have been compromised by email phishing schemes or a breach of password data elsewhere on the web.
Connie Guglielmo / Forbes:
Longtime Tech Industry Analyst Michael Gartenberg Joins Apple  —  Michael Gartenberg, a longtime industry analyst known for covering digital media technologies and companies including Microsoft and Apple , has left his post as an analyst at Gartner Inc. to take a job with Apple.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Confirmed: Samsung buys 10% stake in Korean handset maker Pantech for $48 million  —  Samsung is investing in hardware after the company agreed to spend 53 billion won ($48 million) to acquire a 10 percent stake in fellow South Korean firm Pantech, the country's third-largest maker of mobile devices.
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
The Steve Jobs emails that show how to win a hard-nosed negotiation  —  The US government's price-fixing lawsuit against Apple goes to trial next month in New York.  Ahead of its court date, the US released emails that purport to show Apple was the “ringleader” in a scheme …
Jordan Novet / GigaOM:
Blue Coat to acquire Solera and sweeten network-security story as cyberattacks continue  —  There's been lots of investor interest recently in backing startups focused on making IT more secure, at least in part because of the barrage of news of cyberattacks against government agencies and companies, including a defense contractor.
Dennis Schaal / Skift:
Hipmunk CEO: We think we can be bigger than Kayak  —  Hipmunk CEO Adam Goldstein, left, and co-founder Steve Huffman.  / Hipmunk  —  Hipmunk co-founder and CEO Adam Goldstein, 25, believes his flight and hotel metasearch company can one day be larger than Kayak, and with $20.2 million …
Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
Phone Firms Sell Data on Customers  —  Big phone companies have begun to sell the vast troves of data they gather about their subscribers' locations, travels and Web-browsing habits.  —  The information provides a powerful tool for marketers but raises new privacy concerns.
Melissa Grey / Engadget:
Nokia adds sight recognition to Here Maps for Windows Phone 8  —  Six months after promising to integrate sight recognition technology into its Here suite of apps, Nokia has finally updated Here Maps with LiveSight.  The update is available today in the Windows Phone app store and requires Windows Phone 8.

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