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May 24, 2014, 12:05 AM

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New York Times:
Amazon escalates battle with Hachette, refuses coming book orders, lists some as unavailable  —  Amazon Escalates Its Battle Against Hachette  —  Amazon, under fire in much of the literary community for energetically discouraging customers from buying books from the publisher Hachette, has abruptly escalated the battle.
Yinka Adegoke / Billboard:
Apple-Beats deal delayed due to discussions over Beats Music valuation, Dre/Iovine roles in Apple, outrage over Dre/Tyrese video, more  —  Five Things Holding Up the Apple-Beats Deal … Questions?  Comments?  Let us know: @billboardbiz
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google Close To Snapping Up Satellite Startup Skybox Imaging For $1B+, Say Sources  —  Google made a play for the skies in April when it swept in and acquired Titan Aerospace amid reports that the drone maker was being pursued by Facebook.  But Google's interest in hardware companies …
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Google Rated Top Employer for Pay and Benefits by Glassdoor  —  Google and three other Silicon Valley companies recently settled a lawsuit alleging that they agreed not to recruit each other's employees.  Maybe Google didn't need to worry about poaching.  —  The search giant ranked …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft announces Windows 8.1 with Bing to help partners sell lower-cost devices, will debut at Computex  —  Microsoft today confirmed the rumors of a new edition of its latest operating system by unveiling Windows 8.1 with Bing.  The company says the main purpose is to allow its hardware partners …
Wall Street Journal:
Ad-Data Miner Datalogix Taps Banks for Possible 2014 IPO  —  Datalogix Holdings, which collects consumer transaction data and sells it to advertisers, is plotting a possible initial public offering later this year, people familiar with the deal said.  —  The Westminster, Colo.-based startup …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
The LG G3 will be the first smartphone with laser autofocus  —  It will also take selfies when you clench a fist in front of it  —  Almost everything is known about it, and LG is openly discussing its accessories, but now we've confirmed one final exciting spec for the LG G3: its camera will feature a laser autofocus system.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
YouTube is building a mobile app for creators, a feature to let fans donate funds, and crowdsourced subtitles  —  YouTube today announced a new initiative called Creator Preview, a video series in which the Google-owned company shares what features it is working on for creators.
Wall Street Journal:
Samsung plans summer launch for standalone smartwatch that can work as a phone, take photos  —  Samsung Plans to Introduce a Stand-Alone Smartwatch  —  Electronics Maker's Watch Will Make Calls Without Being Tethered to a Smartphone; Expected in Summer Months

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