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June 5, 2013, 9:15 AM

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The White House:
Fact Sheet: White House Task Force on High-Tech Patent Issues  —  Today the White House announced major steps to improve incentives for future innovation in high tech patents, a key driver of economic growth and good paying American jobs.  The White House issued five executive actions …
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Obama Orders Regulators to Root Out ‘Patent Trolls’  —  WASHINGTON — One company threatened to sue 8,000 coffee shops, hotels and retailers for patent infringement because they had set up Wi-Fi networks for their customers.  Another claimed that hundreds of small businesses were violating …
Christopher Mims / Quartz:
Why patent trolls will laugh in the face of the US government's weak attempts to fight them  —  The White House today introduced an executive order intended to combat “patent trolling,” in which companies buy up patents and use them to sue “infringing” companies that actually make things.
Chris Schneider / The Microsoft Office Blog:
Outlook 2013 RT Coming to Windows RT Tablets as part of Windows 8.1 Update  —  Today at Computex 2013, Tami Reller, CFO and CMO of Microsoft's Windows Division, announced that Outlook 2013 RT will be available on Windows RT tablets as part of the free Windows 8.1 update coming later this year.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
‘Small’ Windows 8 tablets will ship with a free version of Office 2013  —  Microsoft has revealed that future 7- and 8-inch Windows 8 tablets will ship with a free copy of Office 2013.  Speaking at Computex on Wednesday, Windows CFO Tami Reller revealed plans for Office Home and Student 2013 …
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Amazon plans big expansion of online grocery business: sources  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is planning a major roll-out of an online grocery business that it has been quietly developing for years, targeting one of the largest retail sectors yet to be upended by e-commerce, according to two people familiar with the situation.
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active offers a more rugged, waterproof variant of Android bestseller  —  Today, Samsung is announcing a new variant of its Galaxy S4 more suited to the great outdoors.  The phone has a high degree of dust and water protection (IP67), allowing it to be submerged in water up to a meter …
Michelle Ma / University of Washington:
Wi-Fi signals enable gesture recognition throughout entire home  —  Forget to turn off the lights before leaving the apartment?  No problem.  Just raise your hand, finger-swipe the air, and your lights will power down.  Want to change the song playing on your music system in the other room?
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Intel's ‘Thunderbolt 2’ official, coming later this year  —  Intel's next Thunderbolt technology — hitherto known by the code name Falcon Ridge — now has an official moniker.  The tech is slated to be built into future Intel chipsets.  —  Intel has officially dubbed the next version of its high-speed port “Thunderbolt 2.”
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
T-Mobile's plan to supercharge LTE: A whole lot of antennas  —  T-Mobile USA has been talking some smack lately about how its brand-spanking-new LTE network gives it an edge over the competition.  Being the last major U.S. carrier to launch LTE means T-Mobile is using the most up-to-date radio access gear …
Thanks:@kfitchard
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony unveils Haswell-based Vaio laptops that can be converted into tablets  —  Sony is unveiling a new line of Vaio Pro and Vaio Duo laptops with new Intel Haswell-based microprocessors.  —  Sony Duo 13  —  The Vaio Pro is a touch-enabled Ultrabook laptop that runs Windows 8.
David Barboza / New York Times:
Lei Jun Builds His Xiaomi Empire by Aping Apple and Steve Jobs  —  BEIJING — China is notorious for its knockoffs.  But now comes a knockoff of one of the gods of American ingenuity: Steven P. Jobs.  —  In a country where products like iPhones are made but rarely invented, Lei Jun …
More: Quartz
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
EBay to open ‘shoppable windows’ in New York  —  (Reuters) - EBay Inc is launching virtual stores called “shoppable windows” this month that the e-commerce company hopes will help retailers generate more sales from their existing physical store networks.  —  The first four of these screens …
Bruce Schneier / Schneier on Security:
The Problems with CALEA-II  —  The FBI wants a new law that will make it easier to wiretap the Internet.  Although its claim is that the new law will only maintain the status quo, it's really much worse than that.  This law will result in less-secure Internet products and create a foreign industry in more-secure alternatives.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
comScore: Apple increases lead as top US smartphone maker, Samsung gains; Android down fourth month in a row  —  In the US, Apple's dominance as the top smartphone OEM during the first quarter of 2013 has spilled over into April.  Samsung is gaining as well, but not quite as quickly.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Pandora Launches New HTML5-Based TV Experience, Starting With Xbox 360 and PS3  —  Pandora today launched a new browser-based interface for TVs that it hopes will help set the standard for using the service in the living room.  The first devices to support this new HTML5-based interface …
Andy / TorrentFreak:
UK Police Launch Campaign to Shut Down Torrent Sites  —  Authorities and entertainment industry companies in the UK are working together on a new initiative which targets sites said to be offering copyrighted material without permission, TorrentFreak has learned.
Reuters:
Saudi Arabia bans Viber web communication tool  —  (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's telecom regulator has banned use of the web-based communication application Viber, which is hard for the state to monitor and deprives licensed telecom companies of revenue from international calls and texts.
Richard Chirgwin / The Register:
Australia's de-facto Internet filter may block 250k sites  —  Baldrick's cunning plan turns into live grenade  —  The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), has told a hearing of the Australian Parliament's Senate Estimates committee that its attempt to block access …
More: The Age and ABC News

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