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May 29, 2015, 10:00 PM

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Google's Project Vault Is A Secure Computing Environment On A Micro SD Card, For Any Platform  —  Project Vault is a secure computer contained entirely on a micro SD sized device.  Google's ATAP said the micro SD format made sense because there's already advanced security features on your phone …
David Pierce / Wired:
With Project Jacquard, Google aims to bring touch sensors, haptic feedback, and more to fabric used for everything from jeans to car seats, partners with Levi's  —  Google Is Hacking Our Clothes to Work Like Touchscreens  —  If you want to understand a key piece of Google's vision …
Business Insider:
Founder of Silk Road drug marketplace Ross Ulbricht sentenced to life in prison, to forfeit $184M  —  The founder of the Silk Road drug marketplace has been sentenced to life in prison without parole  —  The convicted mastermind behind the world's largest online narcotics emporium …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple vans are gathering data for in-house mapping database, collecting street-view imagery and taking stills of business storefronts to replace Yelp photos  —  Mystery solved: Apple vans gathering next-gen Maps data, grabbing Street View storefronts + 3D images
CNBC:
Sources: Snapchat in the process of raising $650M at $16B valuation  —  Snapchat in process of raising new money, values company at up to $16B: Sources  —  Snapchat is in the process of raising $650 million in equity, which would value the company at 16 billion, sources told CNBC.
Natt Garun / The Next Web:
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook Confirms It Will Officially Support GIFs  —  Facebook this afternoon confirmed that it will now support animated GIFs in the Facebook News Feed.  Not everyone will see the added functionality immediately, we understand, as the update is still rolling out.
Andy / TorrentFreak:
Hola sells bandwidth and computing resources of idle user machines that make up its free VPN service, used in one case to mount a DDoS attack on 8chan  —  Hola VPN Sells Users' Bandwidth, Founder Confirms  —  Faced with increasing local website censorship and Internet services …
Nathan Donato-Weinstein / Silicon Valley Business …:
Google moves forward with the Charleston East development in Mountain View, a 595K-square-foot glass canopied building  —  Silicon Valley Business Journal  —  Google Inc. is going to get to build at least one futuristic, glass-domed office project in Mountain View.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google acquires mobile app performance startup Pulse.io  —  Twisted Agile: We're taking elements Agile dev and shaking it up with savvy best practices for better, faster outcomes.  Sign up for our free webinar on June 11 at 10 a.m. PST/11 p.m. EST.  —  Google announced a lot during …

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