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May 1, 2016, 7:25 AM

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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Samsung Is Working On a Standalone Virtual Reality Headset … Samsung's plans for virtual reality go beyond the company's current Gear VR headset: The company is working on a standalone virtual reality (VR) headset that will incorporate positional tracking similar to the technologies …
Anna Wiener / n+1:
A first-person narrative on the allure and anxiety of working at a Silicon Valley startup  —  Uncanny Valley  —  I would say more, but I signed an NDA.  —  MORALE IS DOWN.  We are making plenty of money, but the office is teeming with salespeople: well-groomed social animals with good posture …
The Intercept:
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper complains that Edward Snowden sped up spread of encryption by seven years  —  Spy Chief Complains That Edward Snowden Sped Up Spread of Encryption By 7 Years  —  THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE on Monday blamed NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden …
Sundar Pichai / Official Google Blog:
Sundar Pichai lays out priorities for Google in his first Founders' Letter, with machine learning and AI playing a key role  —  This year's Founders' Letter  —  Every year, Larry and Sergey write a Founders' Letter to our stockholders updating them with some of our recent highlights and sharing our vision for the future.
Bloomberg:
A history of Marissa Mayer's tenure at Yahoo, and why her efforts haven't been enough to turn the company around  —  Yahoo's $8 Billion Black Hole  —  These moves haven't mollified investors.  In March, Starboard Value, which once got the board of Darden Restaurants replaced by …
AnandTech:
Intel's Changing Future: Smartphone SoCs Broxton & SoFIA Officially Cancelled  —  The past two weeks have been a busy - if not tumultuous - period for Intel.  Driven by continued challenges in various semiconductor markets, culminating in weaker-than-desired earnings in the most recent quarter …
Patrick Howell O'Neill / The Daily Dot:
FBI uses malware created by an ex-employee of the Tor Project, Matt Edman, to hack Tor users  —  Former Tor developer created malware for the FBI  —  How does the U.S. government beat Tor, the anonymity software used by millions of people around the world?  By hiring someone with experience on the inside.
Neil Mawston / Strategy Analytics:
Smartwatch shipments grew 223% year-over-year in Q1 2016; Apple had 52% marketshare, down from 63% in prior quarter  —  STRATEGY ANALYTICS: Apple Watch Slips to 52% Global Smartwatch Marketshare in Q1 2016  —  According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartwatch …

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