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April 1, 2014, 1:45 PM

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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 …
Harry McCracken / TIME:
How Gmail Happened: The Inside Story of Its Launch 10 Years Ago Today … It All Began With Search … Gmail's creator, Paul Buchheit, at his desk at Google in 1999  —  Courtesy Paul Buchheit … What Does Google Email Look Like? … Going Public
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Jawbone acquires personalized music service Playground.fm, deal said to be “over 8 figures”  —  Jawbone Snaps Up Playground.fm  —  Looks like instead of being acquired, wrist and speaker hardware company Jawbone is doing some acquiring, scooping up social and personalized music …
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Mat Smith / Engadget:
April Fools' 2014 roundup: selfie-taking drones, smartgloves and more  —  For the last 24 hours (and likely the next 12), excitable company execs have been barraging our inbox, YouTube and your social media networks with their best shenanigans.  Love it or loathe it (and you're probably starting …
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.
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Marvell patent verdict grows to $1.54 billion  —  (Reuters) - A federal judge ordered Marvell Technology Group Ltd to pay nearly $1.54 billion for infringing two hard disk drive patents held by Carnegie Mellon University, nearly one-third more than a jury had previously awarded.
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.
Matt Brian / Engadget:
Google to focus on portrait shots and effects with improved camera app  —  We know that Google has been looking to bring more advanced photo features to Android for a while, but it may soon be ready to show off what it's been working on.  Sources aware of Google's plans have confirmed to us …
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 …
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 …
More: The Register and GigaomTweets: @petercoffee
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 …

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