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May 23, 2015, 6:20 PM

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Erin Kelly / USA Today:
Senate blocks USA Freedom Act and extensions to key provisions of Patriot Act, will reconvene just hours before expiration on May 31  —  Senate blocks extension of Patriot Act provisions  —  WASHINGTON - Three key sections of the Patriot Act are set to expire on June 1 unless the Senate resolves …
JC Torres / SlashGear:
Google Maps rolls out traffic alerts and alternate routes  —  Memorial Day is just around the corner and for some, nay many, that means a lot of traveling.  And when traveling is involved, especially by land, then headaches and tempers caused by traffic are as well.
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Inside the labs where Netflix tests the latest TVs for its Recommended TV program  —  Inside the labs where Netflix is trying to make televisions suck less  —  In a nondescript room in the center of Netflix's headquarters, you can walk into a small, paper white chamber called the Shu.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon sends out invites to Etsy sellers for new “Handmade” marketplace  —  Amazon Targets Etsy With ‘Handmade’ Marketplace  —  E-commerce giant sends invite to Etsy sellers touting handcrafted-goods marketplace  —  Having vanquished scores of brick-and-mortar retailers, Amazon.com Inc. has a new target: Etsy Inc.
David Faber / CNBC:
Sources: Microsoft offered to pay $55B for Salesforce, but Marc Benioff wanted $70B; talks ended in early May  —  Microsoft, Salesforce talks fizzled over price: Sources  —  Microsoft and Salesforce.com had significant talks earlier this spring about a purchase of Salesforce by Microsoft …
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Food delivery startup Munchery closing $85M funding round led by SherpaVentures and Menlo Ventures that would value it at $300M  —  Munchery Valued at About $300 Million Amid Food Fight  —  Munchery is the latest food-delivery startup to raise cash from hungry venture capitalists.
Johana Bhuiyan / BuzzFeed:
Fontinalis Partners, co-founded by Ford executive chairman William Clay Ford Jr., invests in Lyft's Series E  —  Executive Chairman Of Ford Invests In Lyft  —  Fontinalis Partners, a firm co-founded by William Clay Ford Jr., is participating in Lyft's Series E funding.  —  Noam Galai / Getty Images
More: PR Newswire and Re/codeThanks:@jmbooyah
Johana Bhuiyan / BuzzFeed:
Florida Agency Classifies Uber Driver As Employee, Says He Is Eligible For Unemployment  —  The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity says former Uber driver Darrin McGillis was an employee of the company — not an independent contractor.  —  BuzzFeed News

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