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May 19, 2015, 5:40 PM

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Jana Messerschmidt / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter and Google partner to bring more tweets into Google search results, rolling out on mobile in the US today and desktop soon  —  A new way to discover Tweets  —  We're excited to team up with Google to bring Twitter's unique, real-time content to Google's search results.
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Apple releases new $1,999 27-inch Retina iMac and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad  —  Apple releases cheaper Retina iMac and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch  —  Apple is starting to bring the price down on its 5K Retina iMac, releasing a new version today that sells …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Apple, Google, and leading cryptologists urge President Obama in letter to reject backdoors in smartphones and other devices  —  Tech giants urge Obama to resist ‘backdoors’ into encrypted communications  —  Tech behemoths including Apple and Google and leading cryptologists …
Micah Singleton / The Verge:
Contract between Sony Music and Spotify shows how streaming rates are calculated plus yearly advances and most-favored-nation clause for Sony Music  —  This was Sony Music's contract with Spotify  —  Over the last year the music industry has been in flux as artists, labels …
AccessNow:
Advocacy organizations from 31 countries say Facebook's Internet.org violates net neutrality, security, privacy, and threatens freedom of expression  —  Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg Regarding Internet.org, Net Neutrality, Privacy, and Security  —  We, the undersigned …
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
After nearly a decade of research, Apple shelved plans over a year ago for the TV set that Carl Icahn expects it to release in 2016  —  Behind Apple's Move to Shelve TV Plans  —  Apple had dropped its TV plans, but investor Carl Icahn sees the firm entering the market next year
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft rolls out touch-first test versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint for Android phones; devices must run KitKat 4.4.x or higher, have at least 1GB RAM  —  Microsoft rolls out touch-first Office apps preview for Android phones  —  Summary:Microsoft is rolling out test versions of its standalone …
Steven Norton / Wall Street Journal:
Mike Kail, hired by Yahoo last summer as CIO, has left the company in the wake of a suit filed by Netflix; Laurie Mann, SVP of search products, named new CIO  —  Yahoo CIO Mike Kail No Longer With Company  —  Mike Kail, chief information officer and senior vice president of infrastructure at Yahoo Inc., has left the company.
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Stacey Higginbotham / Fortune:
Meraki founders raise $25M led by Andreessen Horowitz for IoT sensor startup Samsara  —  Meraki founders score $25 million from Andreessen Horowitz for sensor startup  —  Two founders who helped big companies get a handle on their Wi-Fi networks and later sold their startup to Cisco for $1.2 billion …
Dylan Tweney / VentureBeat:
Consumer groups update FTC complaint against Google to include allegations of adult content on YouTube Kids  —  Google's ‘kid-friendly’ app YouTube Kids shows some very grown-up videos  —  Two consumer groups have found some pretty appallingly adult content in Google's ostensibly child-friendly video app, YouTube Kids.

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