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May 13, 2015, 10:15 PM

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Amir Efrati / The Information:
Wal-Mart Preps Rival to Amazon Prime  —  Wal-Mart Stores is preparing to launch a subscription fast-shipping service similar to Amazon Prime to boost its online business and take on Amazon.com, according to people involved with or briefed about the product.  —  Codenamed “Tahoe,” …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Google's policy and communications head Rachel Whetstone takes same role at Uber; David Plouffe, who held that position at Uber, joins board in advisory role  —  Google Comms and Policy Head Whetstone Takes Over That Job at Uber  —  Rachel Whetstone, the longtime head of Google's powerful public policy …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
“Venom” vulnerability in Xen, KVM, and QEMU virtual machine platforms lets attackers break out of VM environment, affects cloud providers everywhere  —  Extremely serious virtual machine bug threatens cloud providers everywhere  —  “Venom” allows attackers to break out of guest OS, escape into host.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
The dual-display YotaPhone 2 is coming to US in July via an Indiegogo campaign, unlocked with 32GB for about $680  —  The dual-display YotaPhone 2 is now cheaper, better, and available in white  —  The YotaPhone 2 was one of the pleasant surprises of last year, combining an OLED display …
Curt Woodward / BetaBoston:
Apple, A123 settling their lawsuit over poached battery engineers  —  Apple and advanced battery maker A123 Systems say they have nearly settled a federal lawsuit accusing Apple of poaching A123's scientists and engineers to build a competing battery business.
Tony Prophet / Blogging Windows:
Microsoft introduces Windows 10 Editions: Home, Mobile, Pro, Enterprise, Education, Mobile Enterprise, and IoT Core  —  Introducing Windows 10 Editions  —  Windows 10 is coming this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages.  Today, we are excited to share more details on the Windows 10 Editions.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Facebook's Instant Articles can provide 100% of the ad revenue and analytics data to publishers, add up to a good deal, at least for now  —  Facebook Starts Publishing the New York Times, BuzzFeed and More With Its ‘Instant Articles’ Program  —  Hey Web publishers!  Facebook is coming in peace.
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Rachel King / ZDNet:
Cisco slightly beats Q3 estimates with non-GAAP earnings of $0.54/share on $12.1B in revenue  —  Cisco tops Q3 earnings, revenue expectations  —  Summary:Cisco's CFO attributed the better-than-expected results to a “good balance again across our portfolio,” highlighting earnings per share grew faster than revenue.

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