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April 1, 2014, 8:45 PM

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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 …
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
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.
Lisa Eadicicco / Business Insider:
Apple Is Suing Samsung For $2 Billion Over These 5 iPhone Features  —  Apple is back in U.S. court with Samsung this week, suing the Korean software maker for $2 billion.  —  The last time the two companies met in the U.S. was in 2012.  Apple won a $1 billion judgment Samsung is currently appealing.
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.
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 …
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 …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Hack of Boxee.tv exposes password data, messages for 158,000 users  —  A screenshot of the Boxee.tv forums post leading to an 800 megabyte file of leaked user data, including cryptographically hashed passwords.  —  riskbasedsecurity.com  —  Hackers posted names, e-mail addresses …
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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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