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May 21, 2015, 6:20 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
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 …
Pew Internet:
Pew Report: 69% of US adults are not confident social networks will keep their data private and secure  —  Americans' Attitudes About Privacy, Security and Surveillance  —  The cascade of reports following the June 2013 government surveillance revelations by NSA contractor Edward Snowden …
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 …
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 …
More: Re/codeTweets: @obviousvc and @kevinroose
Bloomberg Business:
Shopify shares close up 51% on NYSE at $25.68 on trading debut, after raising $131M in IPO  —  Shopify Surges in Debut After Larger Than Expected IPO … Shopify Inc. jumped in its trading debut, after the company raised a larger than expected $131 million in its initial public offering.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
YouTube live streams now support HTML5 playback and 60fps video  —  YouTube today announced it is enabling HTML5 playback for live streams.  At the same time, live streams can now be viewed at 60 frames per second (fps).  —  A few puzzle pieces had to come together to make this possible.
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
Alexander Martin / Wall Street Journal:
Nikesh Arora to replace Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son as Yahoo Japan Chairman  —  Arora to Replace Softbank CEO Son as Yahoo Japan Chairman  —  SoftBank Corp. chief executive Masayoshi Son will step down as chairman of Yahoo Japan Corp.'s board of directors to be replaced by Nikesh Arora …
More: SiliconBeat and Reuters
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 …

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