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April 2, 2014, 11:00 AM

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Yuichiro Kanematsu / Nikkei:
Report: Apple in talks to buy 55% stake in Renesas SP display chip design unit for $479M  —  Apple looking to buy Japanese chipmaker  —  SILICON VALLEY — Apple is in talks with Japan's Renesas Electronics to take over a unit that designs chips for smartphone displays …
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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Box wants to let businesses control cloud encryption keys “this year”  —  Box CEO Aaron Levie told Ars last September that the cloud storage company is trying to build a service that would let customers store data in Box data centers but would keep encryption keys in-house.
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Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Spotify's new design is cleaner, darker and puts the focus on content  —  If you're using Spotify on the web, desktop or iOS you should notice a pretty massive change starting today.  (The new look should be coming to Android “near future.")  The company is launching its most dramatic overhaul since its launch in 2008.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Will Now Allow Returns Using Lockers  —  Amazon.com has quietly rolled out a new service to let customers return unwanted merchandise using large metal lockers it has installed for deliveries in garages, convenience and grocery stores in major metropolitan areas.
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.
Ben Woods / The Next Web:
Nest's smart Thermostat is now available to buy in the UK, priced from £179  —  Nest, the company looking to reinvent dull-but-worthy household items such as the smoke detector, has announced that its Nest Thermostat is now finally available to buy in the UK.
Will Connors / Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry Ends Licensing Agreement With T-Mobile  —  Blackberry Says Strategies Are Not Complementary  —  TORONTO— BlackBerry Ltd. said late Tuesday that it is ending its licensing agreement with T-Mobile Inc. when it expires later this month, a surprise move that comes two months …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Wearables: one-third of consumers abandoning devices  —  Hundreds of Galaxy Gear smartwatches are listed on eBay barely six months after launch.  Why isn't the wearable tech market taking off?  —  The advert was blunt: a second-hand Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch for sale, priced at “£100 ONO”.
Agam Shah / PC World:
Newton is the first MIPS-based mini-computer for wearables  —  A Chinese company has released a computer about the size of an SD card that can run a full version of Android and should make it easier to build wearable devices.  —  Called the Newton, the computer was developed …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Exclusive: Mozilla CEO Eich says gay-marriage firestorm could hurt Firefox (Q&A)  —  Brendan Eich's 2008 donation to an anti-gay-marriage cause now dogs his new CEO job.  In his first interview about it, he resists calls to resign or recant, but argues inclusiveness makes Mozilla's world-spanning community possible.
The Verge:
Amazon talks TV: live from the ‘video business’ event  —  Amazon is promising an “update on our video business.”  That's a vague teaser for what hopefully will be very concrete announcements.  Rumors of a dedicated Amazon TV set top box may finally be coming true Event Updates 9:45:24 AM EDT …

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