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Ryan Knutson / Wall Street Journal: Sprint and T-Mobile planning joint venture to spend $10B at 2015 spectrum auction  —  Sprint, T-Mobile Look to Raise $10 Billion for Spectrum Auction  —  Planned Joint Venture Would Bid on Airwaves Held by TV Broadcasters  —  Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. are working on a plan …

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Samsung takes on Beats with US launch of “Level” family of high-end headphones and speakers  —  Samsung moves into Beats territory with US launch of $350 headphones  —  Apple and Samsung are already bitter enemies in the smartphone world, and headphones may be their next battleground.

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Harrison Weber / VentureBeat: Airbnb unveils its new identity, launches redesigned mobile app and website  —  Airbnb unveiled a complete brand and product redesign today at an exclusive event for top hosts and guests.  —  Airbnb calls its new logo a “multi-state moving identity,” and a “3D modular symbol” that's …

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Jason Snell / Macworld: Review: Overcast, Marco Arment's new podcast app with Smart Speed and Voice Boost features  —  Review: Overcast is a winning podcast app  —  AT A GLANCE  —  On Wednesday, Marco Arment released the podcast-playing app Overcast, his anticipated major return to the iOS App Store after selling …

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: Comcast loves the FCC's net neutrality rules, wants limits on “fast lanes”  —  There are a lot of good things for Comcast in the Federal Communications Commission's network neutrality proposal, and Comcast is smart enough to recognize it.  —  Today, Comcast Executive VP David Cohen announced that …

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Liam Tung / ZDNet: One in five ex-Nokia workers in Finland could be axed as Microsoft prepares layoffs  —  Summary: Speculation mounts in Finland about heavy cuts for Microsoft's Nokia employees.  —  The job cuts Microsoft is expected to announce this week could fall hard on Nokia's home country …

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Ramsey Cox / The Hill: Senate passes bill to allow ‘unlocking’ cell phones  —  The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would allow consumers to “unlock” their cell phone in order to switch providers once their contract is up.  —  Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced S. 517, the Unlocking Consumer Choice …

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Stephanie Mlot / PC Magazine: Facebook, Nielsen Partner to Track Your Mobile TV Viewing  —  In the digital age, the old Nielsen box atop the TV isn't as useful as it once was.  Enter Facebook.  —  SHARES  —  When the fall TV season kicks off and Facebook users around the country are catching up on their favorite programs during …

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Reuters: Apple agrees to conditional $450 million e-books antitrust accord  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc has agreed to pay $450 million to resolve U.S. state and consumer claims the iPad manufacturer conspired with five major publishers to fix e-book prices, according to court records filed Wednesday.

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Mark Harris / Guardian: FBI warns driverless cars could be used as ‘lethal weapons’  —  Internal report sees benefits for road safety, but warns that autonomy will create greater potential for criminal ‘multitasking’  —  The FBI believes that the driverless car is a “game changing” vehicle could revolutionise high …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: BlackBerry Shares Drop More Than 10% In Trading In Wake Of Apple/IBM Deal  —  The new partnership between IBM and Apple may be a wake up call for Google and companies building Android-based handsets and services targeting enterprise users.  But for BlackBerry, it may be more of an alarm bell.

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Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom: Amazon is testing “Kindle Unlimited,” an ebook subscription service for $9.99/month  —  Amazon is testing an ebook and audiobook subscription service called “Kindle Unlimited” that offers “unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for just $9.99 a month.”

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Ben Woods / The Next Web: BlackBerry Assistant officially introduced as part of BlackBerry 10.3, Siri et al likely not worried  —  Canadian handset maker BlackBerry has officially introduced its virtual assistant for the BlackBerry 10.3 OS, and it's called simply ‘BlackBerry Assistant’.

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Pete Rizzo / CoinDesk: Google Search Integrates Bitcoin Price Calculator  —  Internet search giant Google has updated its search engine to automatically display bitcoin prices when users enter certain queries.  —  The news comes roughly one month after Google Finance partnered with Coinbase to launch …

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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch: InkCase Plus Adds A Second, Standalone E-ink Screen To Your Android Phone  —  With more of our attention being gobbled up by smartphone screens it's no wonder phone displays have gotten bigger.  But there's a natural limit on how big a phone's screen can get before you're basically holding a tablet.

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Aimee Riordan / The Official Microsoft Blog: Microsoft announces 175-megawatt wind farm deal, broadens renewable energy commitment  —  Microsoft will purchase 175 megawatts of wind energy from the Pilot Hill Wind Project in Illinois, about 60 miles south of Chicago, as part of a 20-year agreement announced Tuesday.

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New York Times: Time Warner rejected $80B takeover bid by Murdoch's 21st Century Fox last month, no longer in discussions  —  Rupert Murdoch Said to Have Made Offer for Time Warner  —  Twenty-First Century Fox, the media empire run by Rupert Murdoch, made an $80 billion takeover bid in recent weeks …

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Jemima Kiss / Guardian: Dropbox partners with Deutsche Telekom to preload its app on Android handsets in EU outside Germany  —  Dropbox partners with Deutsche Telekom - but only outside Germany  —  Seeking to reach all 3 billion of the world's connected people, Dropbox will be pre-installed on the phones of one of Europe's biggest telecoms firms

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Larry Dignan / ZDNet: In IBM and Apple's wake, what will team Android do?  —  Summary: The biggest challenge for team Android is that Google and Samsung, two partners with enterprise ambitions, will have to herd cats to reach corporations to counter Apple and IBM.  —  Google, Samsung and team Android may have to form …

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Asymco: A historical look at how Apple's independence and IBM's business model agility led to a strategic partnership  —  IBM and Apple: Catharsis  —  IBM did not invent personal computing but their “PC” became synonymous with the category.  Having entered the market in 1981, the IBM PC quickly became the top selling brand.

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Daniel Cooper / Engadget: FiftyThree's Pencil iPad stylus arrives in the UK  —  Are you a Briton who's been itching to try out Pencil, FiftyThree's Bluetooth-connected iPad stylus?  Until now, the only way to get hold of the device would be to order it from the US and bracing yourself for the inevitable barrage of paperwork and annoyance from customs.

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eMarketer: Microsoft to Surpass Yahoo in Global Digital Ad Market Share This Year  —  Google, Facebook continue on as the market's leaders  —  Yahoo's push to maintain its position as a top global ad seller will take another hit in 2014, according to new projections from eMarketer.

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Benjamin Wallace / New York Magazine: Kara Swisher Is Silicon Valley's Most Feared and Well-Liked Journalist.  How Does That Work?  —  The combination of access and toughness has made her a preeminent arbiter of status.  —  The technology journalist Kara Swisher likes to call herself Sherlock Homo, but on a spring evening in Austin …

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Sapna Maheshwari / BuzzFeed: Bloomberg $20K+/year terminals have a classifieds section called POSH  —  There's A Secret Craigslist Just For Rich People  —  The classifieds section of the Bloomberg terminal, which costs more than $20,000 a year, is called POSH.  Aptly named.  —  The Bloomberg terminal …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Adobe Partners With Google To Release Open-Source Font For Chinese, Japanese And Korean Languages  —  Adobe and Google today announced the launch of a new open-source font for Chinese, Japanese and Korean (CJK) languages that covers 65,535 glyphs, making it one — if not the — largest font to cover these languages.

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