Sean Hollister / The Verge:
How two Valve engineers walked away with the company's augmented reality glasses — Three months ago, celebrated video game publisher Valve did something completely out of character: it fired up to 25 workers, in what one employee dubbed the “great cleansing.”
Welcome to Google Island (Mat Honan/Wired) -
Mat Honan / Wired:
Welcome to Google Island — I awoke aboard a boat, just before daybreak, which was weird. The last thing I remembered was being in San Francisco's Moscone Center, wrapping up a four-hour Google I/O keynote liveblogging session. My last recollection was of Google CEO Larry Page taking questions …
One issue holding up Apple iRadio: The economics of skipping songs (Paul Sloan/CNET) -
Paul Sloan / CNET:
One issue holding up Apple iRadio: The economics of skipping songs — Apple wants to roll out its streaming music service this summer, but it's still hammering out details with Sony Music over some very specific terms. — Apple, which has been aiming for a summer rollout of a streaming music service …
At Google Conference, Cameras Even in the Bathroom (Nick Bilton/NYT Bits) -
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
At Google Conference, Cameras Even in the Bathroom — The future came crashing down on me this week at the Google I/O developer conference while I stood at a bathroom urinal. — I had just wrapped up a conversation with a man who owned a pair of Google's Internet-connected glasses, Google Glass.
With PayPal-Like Ambitions For Bitcoin, BitPay Raises $2M Led By Founders Fund (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch) -
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
With PayPal-Like Ambitions For Bitcoin, BitPay Raises $2M Led By Founders Fund — BitPay, the startup with ambitions to become the PayPal of the bitcoin world, is today announcing that it has raised another $2 million. And in a kind of poetic justice, the round is led by none other than the Founders Fund …
Glasses with Google Glass: Prescription versions appear at Google I/O (Scott Stein/CNET) -
Scott Stein / CNET:
Glasses with Google Glass: Prescription versions appear at Google I/O — What about Google Glass for those who don't like contacts? A few glasses with Glass attached were lurking on the show floor. — SAN FRANCISCO—Google Glass currently comes in five colors and has a pop-in sunglass visor …
Grubless? Online Takeout Giants GrubHub And Seamless In Talks To Merge (Rip Empson/TechCrunch) -
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Grubless? Online Takeout Giants GrubHub And Seamless In Talks To Merge — Today, thanks to the maturation of the web, digital tech, and smartphones now in seemingly every pocket, startups are finding it easier than ever before to build scalable solutions to finally address the many inefficiencies …
Tumblr May Reject Yahoo's $1.1B Acquisition Offer For Being "Too Low" (Josh Constine/TechCrunch) -
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Tumblr May Reject Yahoo's $1.1B Acquisition Offer For Being “Too Low” — Tumblr employees feel that Yahoo's $1.1 billion offer is “too low” and view it as “only a first offer,” according to sources close to acquisition talks. Yahoo may have to increase the offer to close the deal.
If Yahoo Buys Tumblr, What Will It Do With All That Porn? (Joshua Brustein/Businessweek) -
Joshua Brustein / Businessweek:
If Yahoo Buys Tumblr, What Will It Do With All That Porn? — If Yahoo succeeds in its attempt to acquire Tumblr, it will end up with one of the hottest Internet properties in today's Web, with access to the coveted youth market and a foothold in mobile. — It will also wind up with a whole lot of porn.
Yahoo Japan suspects 22 million user IDs leaked: Kyodo (Neha Alawadhi/Reuters) -
Neha Alawadhi / Reuters:
Yahoo Japan suspects 22 million user IDs leaked: Kyodo — (Reuters) - Yahoo Japan Corp said on Friday night it suspected that up to 22 million of its user IDs may have been “leaked” and it detected an unauthorized attempt to access the administrative system of its web portal Yahoo Japan, the Kyodo news agency reported.
Canada's Competition Bureau plans investigation into Google Canada (Matt Hartley/Financial Post) -
Matt Hartley / Financial Post:
Canada's Competition Bureau plans investigation into Google Canada — Canada's Competition Bureau is gearing up to launch a formal inquiry into the business practices of Google Inc.'s Canadian operations. — Google was recently notified by the Competition Bureau of the watchdog organization's intentions …
MacBook Air inventory begins dwindling ahead of Apple's WWDC (Neil Hughes/AppleInsider) -
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
MacBook Air inventory begins dwindling ahead of Apple's WWDC — With Intel's next-generation Haswell processors set to launch in a matter of weeks and WWDC to kick off soon after, availability of Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air had begun to dry up at major authorized resellers.
Google Play In-App Purchase Revenue Growth Jumps 7X In One Year, Subscription Revenue Growing 2X Each Quarter (Darrell Etherington/TechCrunch) -
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Google Play In-App Purchase Revenue Growth Jumps 7X In One Year, Subscription Revenue Growing 2X Each Quarter — Google held a session today at I/O 2013 about how to make money on Android, and in the initial few minutes it shared some updated stats around Google Play revenues and how those are progressing.
Amtrak Upgrades Wi-Fi Service on Trains (Ron Nixon/New York Times) -
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
Amtrak Upgrades Wi-Fi Service on Trains — WASHINGTON — After years of criticism of the wireless service on its trains, Amtrak announced on Thursday that it had upgraded its cellular-based Wi-Fi offering using broadband technologies that will improve the speed and reliability of the Internet in its passenger cars.
Yahoo Board to Meet Sunday to Consider $1.1 Billion, All-Cash Deal to Acquire Tumblr (AllThingsD) -
Yahoo Board to Meet Sunday to Consider $1.1 Billion, All-Cash Deal to Acquire Tumblr — According to sources close to the situation, the Yahoo board plans to meet Sunday night to decide whether to approve a $1.1 billion all-cash offer for New York-based blogging site Tumblr.