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May 14, 2015, 9:55 AM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
‘Apple Music’ Beats-based streaming service to have Ping-like social network for artists  —  Apple's upcoming Beats-based streaming music service will likely be named “Apple Music” and will have deep social networking integration for artists, according to industry sources briefed on the plans for the new service.
Jeff Benjamin / iDownloadBlog.com:
Apple Watch, which lacks iPhone's Activation Lock feature, can easily be reset if stolen  —  Watch OS 1.0 lacks the necessary security features to dissuade thieves  —  The Apple Watch contains security measures to prevent thieves from accessing your data, but it doesn't include …
Nandita Bose / Reuters:
Wal-Mart to take on Amazon Prime this summer with $50/year service that delivers select products in 3 days, invitation only for now  —  Wal-Mart challenges Amazon with unlimited shipping service for $50 per year  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc is planning to test a new unlimited online shipping service …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft Hyperlapse creates smooth time-lapse videos on Windows and Android  —  Microsoft first announced its Hyperlapse video technology just a couple of weeks before Instagram launched its own Hyperlapse app on iOS last year.  Designed primarily as a way to transform bumpy GoPro videos …
John Herrman / The Awl:
19 early observations on Facebook's Instant Articles  —  Notes on the Surrender at Menlo Park  —  1. The manner in which Instant Articles are seen within Facebook's News Feed is nearly as important as they way they're hosted.  Yes, they load faster.  But the way they are previewed in the feed …
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 …
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 …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers uncover “self-sustaining” botnets of poorly secured routers  —  Home and small office devices are free for the taking, ensuring follow-on hacks.  —  Large numbers of home and small-office routers are under the control of hackers who are using them to overwhelm websites …
Leena Rao / Fortune:
Exclusive: PlanGrid raises $18 million from Sequoia to digitize construction blueprints  —  A few years ago, two recent college graduates noticed big inefficiencies in the use of paper blueprints in designing and planning new buildings.  For one job, a bound set of paper blueprints could cost an astonishing $23,000.
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Rdio Blog:
Rdio launches Rdio Select streaming service at $3.99 per month, with ad-free radio stations and 25 songs per day  —  Introducing Rdio Select: Enhanced Stations and Your Choice of Songs to Play Anytime.  Only $3.99/month.  —  We're thrilled to announce a brand new way to enjoy your favorite music …
Wall Street Journal:
Google offers a glimpse of the mechanics of its decision-making for right to be forgotten requests  —  How Google's Top Minds Decide What to Forget  —  As ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling turns one year old, Google offers glimpse into its decision-making process

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