May 31, 2013, 1:10 PM

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Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Judge orders Google to comply with FBI's secret NSL demands  —  San Francisco federal judge tells Mountain View company to comply with FBI's warrantless National Security Letter requests for user details, despite ongoing concerns about law's constitutionality.
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Justice Department tries to force Google to hand over user data  —  Secret lawsuit in Manhattan filed last month asks judge to force Google to cough up user data without a search warrant.  A different court has already ruled that the process is unconstitutional.
Naomi Tajitsu / Reuters:
Megaupload founder wins access to evidence seized in raid  —  (Reuters) - A New Zealand court granted Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom access on Friday to all evidence seized by police in a 2012 raid, bolstering the Internet entrepreneur's fight against extradition to the United States to face online piracy charges.
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Acer $400 ‘PC’ will run Android, pack Intel's Haswell chip  —  Acer is about to announce a PC that runs Android, showing that Windows and PC will not necessarily be synonymous in the coming months.  —  The Acer DA220HQL AIO will be priced just above $400 at most resellers.
Apple's iPhone sales reportedly up 400% in India thanks to aggressive pricing strategies  —  The institution of installment payment plans and deep discounts in India has netted Apple up to a fourfold boost in iPhone sales over the past four months, said investment firm Credit Suisse …
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Microsoft to settle Vringo lawsuit over search-related patents  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp(MSFT.O) has agreed to settle a lawsuit accusing it of infringing patents that enable Internet search engines to place advertisements most effectively.  —  Vringo Inc(VRNG.O), whose …
Andy / TorrentFreak:
Movie2K Down: The Mystery and Possible Reincarnation Revealed  —  While the world's largest torrent indexes tend to grab most of the headlines, a relatively new range of sites have been scooping up huge numbers of users during the past few years.  —  Avoiding the relative complexity of torrent clients …
Joshua Green / Businessweek:
Google's Eric Schmidt Invests in Obama's Big Data Brains  —  During the 2012 campaign, Barack Obama's reelection team had an underappreciated asset: Google's (GOOG) executive chairman, Eric Schmidt.  He helped recruit talent, choose technology, and coach the campaign manager, Jim Messina …
Jack Clark / The Register:
Heroku publishes API for its platform cloud  —  Amazon piggybacker wants kids of its own  —  Heroku has released the public beta of a platform API to help its developers build apps and services that sit on top of its PaaS, which in turn sits on Amazon Web Services.
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Twitter Prepping Ad-Retargeting Exchange to Rival Facebook's  —  FBX Partners, Brands To Hold Seats On Retargeting Platform  —  Facebook waited until after its public offering to go after the digital ad dollars tied up in display retargeting with last summer's launch of Facebook Exchange (FBX).
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Not So Anonymous: Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Tightens Identity Requirement  —  Since the crypto-currency Bitcoin hit the limelight, many libertarians and privacy advocates have heralded it as anonymous, digital cash.  But the world's biggest Bitcoin exchange-and the U.S. regulators breathing down its neck-see things differently.
Cade Metz / Wired:
Ex-YouTube Man Builds Graphics Card for Entire Internet  —  At Google, Chris Zacharias spent his “20 percent time” building a new version of YouTube just for places with slow internet connections.  It was called Feather, and the basic idea was to build a YouTube page that contained …
Sayantani Ghosh / Reuters:
Dell urges shareholders to vote for CEO's offer  —  (Reuters) - Dell Inc urged shareholders on Friday to vote for the $24.4 billion buyout offer led by founder and Chief Executive Michael Dell at a special meeting on July 18, saying the bid was superior to other strategic options.
More: CNET, PC World and ValueWalk
James Niccolai / PC World:
Computer scientists oppose Oracle's bid to copyright Java APIs  —  Nearly three dozen computer scientists have signed off on a court brief opposing Oracle's effort to copyright its Java APIs, a move they say would hold back the computer industry and deny affordable technology to end users.
Clare Jim / Reuters:
Hon Hai sets up display R&D company in Japan  —  (Reuters) - Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, said it set up a research and development company in Japan for displays and touch panels, its latest effort to strengthen its display business.  —  The world's largest contract electronics manufacturer …
More: CNET and ZDNet
Devon Glenn / SocialTimes:
Wall Street Journal Plans To Launch a Social Network  —  News Corporation, the parent company of the Wall Street Journal, is poised to launch a new social network.  —  Described in The Times of London as a “platform for ‘like-minded people’ to meet online and share ideas,” …
Charlie /
Sina testing subtle censorship ahead of Tiananmen anniversary  —  What happened?  —  On May 31, 2013 at 7am, we observed that searching for keywords that are normally blocked, for example, "" (June 4th incident), surprisingly returned some results and no censorship notice.
More: Digits
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
Global deal to eliminate tech product duty fast approaching  —  Summary: According to U.S. tech firms, a deal between nations worldwide to eliminate duty on new tech products is on the horizon.  —  Charlie Osborne  —  A deal between China, Europe, the U.S. and a dozen other countries …
More: Reuters
Kyle Wagner / Gizmodo:
Nokia Lumia 928 Review: Flawed Beauty, Best Camera  —  The nicest thing you can say about any gadget is that it changed the way you use that type of gear for the better.  The 928 did that for me with smartphone cameras.  It will for you, too, probably.  It's just a shame that the phone …
More: Engadget

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