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April 1, 2014, 6:10 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 …
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.
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Lisa Fleisher / Wall Street Journal:
Balderton Raises $305m for European Series A Tech Investments  —  Venture-capital firm Balderton Capital has opened a $305 million start-up fund, hoping to spread out lots of small investments and have a bigger chance of hitting it big.  The company, one of the top venture funds in Europe …
Raymond M. Soneira / DisplayMate:
Galaxy S5's OLED display is the “best performing smartphone display that we have ever tested”  —  Samsung Galaxy S5 Display Technology Shoot-Out  —  Introduction The Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series of Smartphones are flagship products for Samsung to show off its latest …
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 …
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.
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 …
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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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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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 …
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.
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 …
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Bill Gurley on Whisper and Secret: hard to monetize — Fred Wilson: faddish reaction to Facebook  —  One Of The World's Smartest Investors Thinks Anonymous Apps Like Whisper And Secret Are Fads That Won't Make Money  —  Bill Gurley is a partner at Benchmark Capital who is on the board …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Outlook Web App For Office 365 To Get Smart Clutter Filter, OneDrive For Business Integration  —  Microsoft today announced a number of forthcoming updates to the Outlook Web App for Office 365 at its Exchange Conference in Austin.  Jeff Teper, Microsoft's corporate vice president …
Ken Dilanian / Los Angeles Times:
NSA chief's legacy is shaped by big data, for better and worse  —  Gen. Keith Alexander, who just retired as NSA director, achieved ‘absolutely invaluable’ results with digital spying but failed to anticipate how the public would feel about privacy.  —  “We need to recognize that those who are working …
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Google+ now shows the total number of profile, post and photo views on pages  —  In an effort to shrug off its “ghost town” reputation, Google today updated Google+ with total content views for profiles and pages.  —  On any page, you'll notice the new figure underneath the user's profile photo …
Reuters:
HP agrees to pay $57 million to settle shareholder lawsuit  —  (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co agreed to pay $57 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the personal computer maker's former management of defrauding shareholders by abandoning a business model it had long touted.
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