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Daniel Cooper / Engadget: French supermarket installs Philips LEDs that communicate with in-store navigation app via front-facing camera  —  Philips turns LEDs into an indoor GPS for supermarkets  —  Philips believes that the days of endlessly roaming around a store looking for the right kind of balsamic vinegar may soon be at an end.

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Ryan Whitwam / Android Police: Source: 5.2" LG Angler and 5.7" Huawei Bullhead Nexus phones coming this year, no new tablet  —  [Rumor] No Nexus Tablet In 2015, But Two Phones—A 5.2-Inch LG (Code Name Angler) And A 5.7-Inch Huawei (Code Name Bullhead)  —  The Nexus 6 was a break from the past for the Nexus program …

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George Anders / MIT Technology Review: How Firefox OS for mobile devices got started, developed carrier and vendor partnerships, and then was blindsided by cheap Android phones  —  Firefox Maker Battles to Save the Internet—and Itself  —  Mozilla helped an open Web flourish in the 2000s.  Now it's struggling to play a meaningful role on mobile devices.

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Kara Swisher / Re/code: Sources: Twitter has held talks to acquire Flipboard in an all-stock deal valued at over $1B, but talks are now stalled  —  Twitter Has Held Talks to Acquire Flipboard  —  Twitter has been engaged in an ongoing series of talks to acquire Flipboard, according to multiple sources with knowledge …

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Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac: Jony Ive to remain responsible for design overall, but Alan Dye moves to VP of UI design and Richard Howarth to VP of industrial design, beginning July 1  —  Jony Ive promoted to ‘Chief Design Officer’, handing off managerial duties July 1st [Tim Cook Memo]  —  Alan Dye, Jony Ive, and Richard Howarth

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Stephen Fry / Telegraph: Stephen Fry talks to Jony Ive about his new role as Apple's chief design officer as he relinquishes management duties to Richard Howarth and Alan Dye  —  When Stephen Fry met Jony Ive: the self-confessed tech geek talks to Apple's newly promoted chief design officer

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Stacey Higginbotham / Fortune: Alarm.com, a security and home automation cloud service provider with 2.3M customers, files for $75M IPO  —  Alarm.com files to raise $75 million through initial public offering  —  Security and home automation company Alarm.com, riding the interest in the smart home …

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Juliette Garside / Guardian: Philip Zimmermann moves his mobile encryption startup Silent Circle from US to Switzerland to avoid surveillance  —  Philip Zimmermann: king of encryption reveals his fears for privacy  —  The creator of PGP has moved his mobile-encryption firm Silent Circle to Switzerland to be free of US mass surveillance.

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Harro ten Wolde / Reuters: Daimler to offer Baidu content and services in Mercedes-Benz car infotainment systems in China  —  Daimler teams up with China's Baidu in connected cars drive  —  German carmaker Daimler is to make software from web services company Baidu available in its Chinese Mercedes-Benz cars as part …

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Chance Miller / 9to5Google: Google Hangouts Chrome app updated w/ redesigned interface, OS X support  —  Google today updated its Hangouts Chrome app with an entirely new interface.  Perhaps more notably than that, the app has support for Mac OS X users in addition to the trio of Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS.

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Bloomberg Business: Sources: Charter may announce it is buying Time Warner Cable for $195 a share tomorrow, Bright House Networks will also be merged into the combined company  —  Charter Near Deal for Time Warner Cable at $195 a Share  —  Charter Communications Inc. is near an agreement to buy Time Warner Cable Inc …

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James Risley / GeekWire: Expedia sells stake in Chinese travel firm eLong to China-based Ctrip for $671 million … Expedia sold its 62.4 percent stake in eLong, a Chinese travel service, to a number of firms for $671 million, the company announced today.  Buyers include Ctrip.com, Keystone Lodging Holdings, Plateno Group and Luxuriant Holdings.

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Russell Brandom / The Verge: Former employee of cybersecurity consultancy Tiversa says they extorted clients and fabricated evidence  —  Did this cybersecurity firm use a data breach for extortion?  —  In 2007, LabMD was a small but successful medical testing company based in Atlanta, processing lab samples for cancer patients …

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Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal: How Spotify plans to apply to video what it's learned with music  —  Spotify's Tricky Pivot: Getting Passive Audio Listeners to Actively Watch Video  —  Spotify on Wednesday unveiled its ambitions to expand from music streaming into video and podcasts.  At a splashy press event in New York …

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Josh Lowensohn / The Verge: The science behind Netflix's first major redesign in four years  —  Back in March, a developer named Renan Cakirerk wrote a small piece of code that made a big impact on Netflix.  Cheekily named “god mode,” it addressed one of the most annoying aspects of trying to use Netflix in your browser …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Instagram sends “Highlights” email digests to re-engage users, its first promotional emails  —  An Aging Instagram Tries To Win Us Back With Email “Highlights”  —  Four and a half years is a lot of pretty pictures.  Instagram isn't as young as it used to be, and it doesn't want long-time users to slip away from its app.

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica: What could launch at Google I/O 2015: Android M, Chromecast 2, standalone photos product, more  —  Google Tracker 2015 (I/O edition): Android M, Chromecast 2, and lots more  —  SPOILER ALERT!  We recap upcoming Google projects that could launch at I/O 2015.

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Mark Scott / New York Times: Amazon to stop funneling Europe sales through Luxembourg amid pressure from regulators, increasing its tax burden  —  Amazon to Stop Funneling European Sales Through Low-Tax Haven  —  In the continuing battle between European and American tech companies, score one for Europe.

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Liam Spradlin / Android Police: An exclusive early look at the new standalone Google Photos app on Android  —  An Exclusive Early Look At The New Google Photos App  —  We've been hearing for a very long time - virtually ever since Vic Gundotra left Google+, with more rumors springing up recently - that Photos …

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Tom Maxwell / 9to5Google: Chrome for Android goes almost “entirely open source”  —  Launched in September 2008, Google's Chrome browser is now dominant in its share of the desktop web browser market, with approximately 1 in 4 Internet users interfacing with the web using the browser.

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TechCrunch: AOL's MapQuest Inks UI Deal With Mapbox As It Prepares To Overhaul The Product  —  AOL, which is in the process of getting acquired by Verizon for $4.4 billion, says it has no plans to divest itself of its content operations (which include TechCrunch) as part of that deal.  But it's not leaving them on autopilot, either.

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Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine: Four years after ‘Jeopardy’ win, IBM's Watson program has seen applications in 75 industries including finance, healthcare, molecular biology  —  How Afraid of Watson the Robot Should We Be?  —  On the first weekend of January, many of the leading researchers …

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Lauren Johnson / Adweek: Promo for Zedd's new album on Tinder lets you swipe right on a fake profile for the artist to get a discounted download price of $3.99  —  Tinder Gets Into Music by Offering Zedd's New Album for $3.99  —  As Tinder continues to ramp up its marketing appeal for brands …

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Ben Hubbard / New York Times: Young Saudis increasingly rely on mobile apps and social media to circumvent conservative strictures  —  Young Saudis, Bound by Conservative Strictures, Find Freedom on Their Phones  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Life for many young Saudis is an ecosystem of apps.  —  Lacking free speech, they debate on Twitter.

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Spencer Ackerman / Guardian: NSA bulk phone records collection to end despite USA Freedom Act failure  —  Even as the Senate remains at an impasse over the future of US domestic surveillance powers, the National Security Agency will be legally unable to collect US phone records in bulk by the time Congress returns from its Memorial Day vacation.

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