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April 1, 2014, 6:35 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 …
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 …
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
Simon Khalaf / The Flurry Blog:
Average US consumer spends 2 hours and 42 minutes per day on mobile devices, 86% of time spent in apps, 14% on web  —  Apps Solidify Leadership Six Years into the Mobile Revolution  —  Last year, on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the mobile revolution, Flurry issed its five-year report on the mobile industry.
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Apple lays out its new case against Samsung, says 50 patents could have been at stake  —  Apple provided an overarching vision of its legal attack against Samsung today, a case it's filed to win $2 billion in damages, and get Samsung's products removed from store shelves.
Mark Bergen / AdAge:
Apple opens iAd Workbench to everyone with an Apple ID, launches video ads  —  Build Your Own iAd: Apple Throws Open Door to Platform  —  As It Takes On Google, Company Expands Access to Workbench  —  Ad Age Digital Conference 2014  —  Apple is making its advertising ecosystem more accessible.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Alleged Silk Road Creator's Lawyer Denies Bitcoin Is ‘Monetary Instrument,’ Moves To Drop All Charges  —  The trial of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged creator of the Silk Road Bitcoin-based black market for drugs, hasn't yet begun, but it's already raising hairy legal questions.  First on the docket: Is Bitcoin even money?
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 …
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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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iWork for iCloud gains new design & sharing options, Mac/iOS updates later today  —  Apple is making some notable improvements to its iWork suite of productivity applications today across its platforms.  First, the Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps found on iCloud.com have been updated with some enhancements …

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Microsoft:
Changing the world, 1 billion sensors at a time  —  What would you do if you had a billion sensors?  Design students around the world tackled that question at Design Expo.  Take a look at some of the fascinating projects …
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