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April 19, 2014, 11:05 PM

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Nick Statt / CNET:
Exclusive: Nike fires majority of FuelBand team, will stop making wearable hardware  —  The sportswear company has decided that only software has a future in the company's technology vision.  That means cutting the FuelBand, and those who helped make it.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
What Does the Recent Tech Stock Downturn Mean?  The Truth Is Nobody Knows.  —  In his new book on high-frequency trading, “Flash Boys,” Michael Lewis opens with the very simple premise he gleaned from watching the stock market crash in October of 1987:  —  “If you ever needed proof …
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Rod Boshart / Quad City Times:
Microsoft brings $1.13 billion data center to Iowa  —  DES MOINES — Central Iowa is emerging as an economic magnet for high-tech data centers, state and local leaders declared Friday after plans were unveiled for global computer giant Microsoft to phase in a $1.13 billion regional data center over the next four to five years.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Analyst consensus is that quarterly iPad sales might decline slightly compared to last year  —  How many iPads did Apple sell last quarter?  —  The analysts' estimates range from 15 million to nearly 22 million.  Average: 19.3 million.  —  FORTUNE —Although the heyday of the iPad …
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Neil Young's music-player Kickstarter closes at $6.2 million  —  Neil Young's trek into high-end gadgetry didn't just stop with launching and promoting the PonoPlayer.  He also apparently installed lasers in his fingers so that he could sign his own limited edition series of the product.
Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:NEW
Digital Public Library of America to add millions of records to its archive  —  Aquarium, Battery Park, New York City [Postcard], ca.  1931. This is just one of the many resources you can find online through the DPLA website or through apps using its API.  —  New York Aquarium Postcards collection …
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Danny Bradbury / CoinDesk:
Bitcoin Core Developers Weigh in on Side Chain Proposal  —  These days, everyone wants to add new features to the bitcoin block chain, but now one team thinks that it's found a way to do it responsibly - by creating “side chains” that can interact with bitcoin.  —  The process, known as ‘two-way pegging’, has some hefty backing.

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Microsoft Brings World's Fastest Texting to Windows Phone 8.1  —  Gaurav Sharma appeared relaxed but focused in his purple hoodie on Jan. 16, 2014.  Less than 20 seconds later, Sharma, a 15-year-old …
Atlassian:
Every team needs kick-ass code reviews  —  Code reviews help spread knowledge and coding best practices throughout a team.  In this article we'll take a look at why code reviews are important, and how to optimize the practice.
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2 Ways Live Chat Can Enhance Your Customer Service  —  Landing a new customer is 5x more expensive than keeping an existing customer.  How do we keep our customers happy?  By providing outstanding support.
Silicon Valley Bank:
Strengthening the U.S. Innovation Economy by Ending Abusive Patent Litigation  —  In Silicon Valley Bank's Innovation Economy Outlook 2014 survey, we asked executives what they see in today's patent system …

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