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May 21, 2015, 8:40 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iPad roadmap: dual-app viewing mode that may debut at WWDC, with multi-user login support and 12-inch “iPad Pro” models to follow  —  Future of iPad: Dual-app viewing mode, then J98/J99 ‘iPad Pros,’ multi-user support  —  Facing slowing growth for the first time since the iPad's 2010 debut …
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Google developing Internet of Things OS called Brillo, designed to run on devices with perhaps as little as 32MB RAM  —  Google Developing ‘Brillo’ Software for Internet of Things  —  Google wants its software to power any electronic device that connects to the Internet, whether or not it has a digital screen.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple readies Transit subway, train + bus guides for iOS 9 Maps, deploys robots for indoor mapping  —  Having originally planned to add a new transit directions feature to Maps last year, only to pull the feature before WWDC 2014, Apple now hopes to launch its Transit service with iOS 9, according to sources.
CBC News:
US, Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand planned to hijack Google and Samsung app stores to implant spyware on smartphones  —  Spy agencies target mobile phones, app stores to implant spyware  —  Users of millions of smartphones put at risk by certain mobile browser gaps, Snowden file shows
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Ev Williams' Obvious Ventures closes $123,456,789 fund  —  Obvious Ventures, the venture capital firm cofounded by Twitter's Evan Williams, announced the close of its very first fund today.  —  Guess how much it raised?  $123,456,789.  No joke.  —  The close of this fund follows …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Medium refines strategy, emphasizing network value over Total Time Read, considers tying contributor bonuses to metrics like follows and recommendations  —  What's Going On At Medium?  —  The publisher/publishing platform is rejiggering itself as a social network for readers and writers …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Messenger for iOS and Android will display biographical info of non-friends sending messages, like job title and location, in US, UK, France, and India  —  Facebook Messenger Eyes Non-Friend Conversations With Chat ID  —  Is that a message from some rando, a spammer, or the nice guy you met yesterday?
Madeline Stone / Business Insider:
Brit Morin, the Martha Stewart of Silicon Valley, just raised $23 million for her DIY site  —  Brit Media, best known for its lifestyle site Brit + Co., has raised $23 million, according to a form filed Thursday with the SEC.  —  A spokesperson for founder and CEO Brit Morin confirmed the round with Business Insider.
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft overhauls Outlook.com with new interface, “Clutter” email filtering, add-ins, improved Skype integration, more; rolls out to test group today  —  Microsoft is overhauling Outlook.com with a new look and features  —  Microsoft is migrating its Outlook.com email service …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Google, Samsung, and 16 others receive FIDO certification for products and services designed to replace passwords  —  Google, Samsung, and 16 others receive post-password certification  —  This morning, the plot to kill the password got a little stronger. 18 different companies received …
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
US proposes tighter export controls limiting sales of zero-day flaw information outside US without special license  —  U.S. aims to limit exports of undisclosed software flaws  —  The U.S. Commerce Department proposed new export controls Wednesday that would treat unknown software flaws …
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Techmeme adds an author leaderboard, introduces a linking-based metric to rank by “Leadership”  —  Today we've expanded our Leaderboard page to offer four lists instead of one.  In addition to ranking publications, we now rank authors.  On top of that, we've introduced a second ranking method …
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Google gives retailers reports on store visits that follow clicks on mobile ads to encourage ad spending; select retailers including Target get purchase data  —  Google Says New Store Data Help Mobile Ads  —  Google says its technology shows better link between mobile ads, retail purchases

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