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April 1, 2014, 9:20 AM

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Reiji Murai / Reuters:
Sources: Production of 4.7" iPhone 6 screen to begin in May, 5.5" starting months later  —  New iPhone 6 screens to enter production as early as May: sources  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc suppliers will begin mass producing displays as early as May for the next iPhone, expected to be launched this autumn …
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo in talks to acquire online video service News Distribution Network for close to $300M  —  Yahoo in Talks to Buy Online-Video Service NDN — Sources  —  Deal Would Help Yahoo Compete With Google's YouTube  —  Yahoo Inc. is in preliminary talks to acquire online-video service News …
Colin Campbell / Polygon:
How ‘Game Jam,’ an indie game dev reality show, collapsed on its first day of filming  —  Game_Jam, a TV-style reality show focused on the efforts of indie game developers, has collapsed in the most publicly acrimoniously way imaginable, participants say.  —  Touted by its makers as a contest …
Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:
Airbnb to collect hotel taxes for San Francisco rentals  —  Airbnb, the fast-growing website that lets people rent out their homes or rooms to travelers, took a giant step toward legalizing itself in San Francisco with an announcement Monday evening that it will begin paying the city's 14 percent hotel tax by this summer.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
OKCupid shows Firefox users a full-page interstitial suggesting alternate browsers in protest of Mozilla's CEO  —  OKCupid asks users to boycott Firefox because of CEO's gay rights stance  —  Anyone accessing the popular dating site OKCupid with Firefox today is in for a surprise.
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Surprise, surprise: my online metadata actually reveals where I've been  —  Here are some of the places that Ars tracked Cyrus Farivar to in February 2014.  —  In January 2014, documents provided by Edward Snowden showed that a Canadian spy agency used a unique identifier to follow thousands …
Nitesh Dhanjani:
Tesla's website allows weak passwords and brute-force attacks, easing remote unlocking and location tracking for attackers  —  Cursory Evaluation of the Tesla Model S: We Can't Protect Our Cars Like We Protect Our Workstations  —  The innovation behind Tesla's electric vehicles has set us …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft chops Azure prices to match Amazon's latest reductions  —  Summary: Microsoft is cutting prices for a number of its Azure services to match (and in some cases, beat) Amazon's latest pricing.  —  The cloud price wars are continuing to wage on.  —  A week after Amazon axed prices across …
Michael Calia / Wall Street Journal:
OpenText Seeks $268 Million in Patent Claims From Box  —  Firm Seeks to Block Online Storage Company From Selling Infringing Products  —  OpenText Corp. on Monday said it is seeking $268 million in damages from online storage company Box Inc. over 200 claims of alleged patent infringement.
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Chris Kanaracus / PC World:
Oracle overtakes IBM as second-largest software vendor, Gartner says  —  Oracle has overtaken rival IBM as the world's second-largest software vendor by pulling in US$29.6 billion in software revenue during 2013, according to analyst firm Gartner.  —  “Global trends around big data and analytics …
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Satya Nadella / Microsoft Corporation:
Microsoft CEO promotes Scott Guthrie to EVP of Cloud and Enterprise, names Stephen Elop EVP of Devices, consolidates Xbox teams under Phil Spencer  —  Satya Nadella email to employees on tuning our organization  —  Today marks the start of another big week for Microsoft as we gear up for the Build conference in San Francisco.
Phil Spencer / Xbox Wire:
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Apple's A7 processor is indeed “desktop class”, but apps aren't fully utilizing its power  —  Apple's Cyclone Microarchitecture Detailed  —  The most challenging part of last year's iPhone 5s review was piecing together details about Apple's A7 without any internal Apple assistance.

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