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April 1, 2014, 2:35 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 …
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 …
More: SlashGear and hypebot
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.
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?
More: WiredTweets: @kashhill
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
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Samsung Galaxy Tab4 10.1, 8.0 and 7.0 flesh out midrange  —  Samsung has revealed its new Galaxy Tab4 range of Android tablets, spanning three screen sizes and due to hit stores in Q2 2014.  The Galaxy Tab4 10.1, 8., and 7. each use a WXGA 1280 x 800 16:10 display and support Samsung's Multi Window system …

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