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April 19, 2013, 7:10 PM

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Robert McMillan / Wired:
Apple Finally Reveals How Long Siri Keeps Your Data  —  All of those questions, messages, and stern commands that people have been whispering to Siri are stored on Apple servers for up to two years, Wired can now report.  —  Yesterday, we raised concerns about some fuzzy disclosures in Siri's privacy policy.
Jay Rossite / The Yahoo! Yodel:
Sharpening our focus - to bring you new Yahoo! products  —  Like we announced last month, we want to bring you experiences that inspire and entertain you every day.  That means taking a hard look at all of our products to make sure they are still central to your daily habits.
Twitter Developers:
Deprecating IE6 and IE7 support in Twitter for Websites (TFW)  —  @BenWard Ben Ward  —  When the Tweet button was introduced in 2010, Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 was our baseline.  Now, most users have upgraded and we see IE6 usage dwindled.  On May 13th 2013, we're going to prune …
Dan Farber / CNET:
Amazon Studios debuts 14 pilots for free viewing  —  Whether the pilots get the green light for a season of episodes will depend on what the data says.  “The goal is to get customer feedback,” says studio head Roy Price.  —  After evaluating more than 4,000 submissions and commissioning …
New York Times:
After Apple's Rise, a Bruising Fall  —  Where's the old love, Apple?  —  Wall Street has turned viciously on its one-time iDarling.  The rout in Apple's share price — it fell nearly 2.7 percent on Thursday, bringing the damage since late September to 44 percent — has many wondering when, and where, all of this will end.
Alex Hern / New Statesman:
Reddit, Boston and the missing student  —  When crowdsourcing goes wrong.  —  The FBI's two suspect photos. … On 16 March, Sunil Tripathi, a student at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, went missing, leaving behind a cryptic note.  His whereabouts are still unknown …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Reuters:
Penguin offers to scrap Apple e-book deals to end EU antitrust case  —  (Reuters) - British media group Pearson's Penguin unit has offered to scrap e-book deals with Apple that imposed price restrictions on Amazon and other retailers, EU antitrust regulators said on Friday.
Matthew Miller / ZDNet:
HTC One available at AT&T and Sprint, Developer Edition delayed  —  Summary: HTC needs to hit it out of the ballpark to turn the financial tide and it comes to two US carriers today.  However, the Developer Edition is delayed and the Galaxy S4 is coming around the corner.  —  Matthew Miller
Steven Musil / CNET:
Julian Assange's secret chat with Google's chairman  —  Eric Schmidt met with the WikiLeaks founder for five hours in 2011 for material for a book expected to be released next week.  —  Eric Schmidt met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in secret in 2011, according to the transcript …
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Stuart Thomas / memeburn:
Reddit faces outages in midst of DDoS attack  —  Reddit is experiencing intermittent outages apparently due to a malicious DDoS attack.  —  Anyone who did manage to access the site meanwhile was greeted with a warning stating that: “Site availability is being impacted by a malicious DDoS attack.
Steven Millward / Tech in Asia:
China's Top Apple Hackers Launch a Pirate iOS App Store  —  KuaiYong has just launched this web store for pirated iOS apps.  —  Far from being shut down by Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), the Chinese team behind KuaiYong seems to be thriving.  Last year it made a no-jailbreak-needed alternative …
Dan Whitcomb / Reuters:
LulzSec hacker receives year in prison for Sony breach  —  A hacker who pleaded guilty last year to taking part in an extensive computer breach of Sony Pictures Entertainment was sentenced on Thursday in Los Angeles to a year in prison, followed by home detention, federal prosecutors said.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
IBM's potential x86 server sale to Lenovo highlights oncoming train  —  Summary: IBM famously unloaded its PC business to Lenovo well before the post PC era hit.  Is Big Blue bailing on commodity servers before the floor falls out?  —  IBM is reportedly talking to Lenovo about selling …

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