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April 2, 2014, 1:25 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 …
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.
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Mozilla CEO: Gay-marriage firestorm could hurt Firefox cause (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.
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 …
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.
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Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
NSA performed warrantless searches on Americans' calls and emails - Clapper  —  US intelligence chiefs have confirmed that the National Security Agency has used a “back door” in surveillance law to perform warrantless searches on Americans' communications.  —  The NSA's collection programs …
Tom Hals / Reuters:
Judge orders Mt Gox CEO to U.S. for questions on failed bitcoin exchange  —  (Reuters) - The chief executive of Japan's Mt. Gox, once the world's leading bitcoin exchange, was ordered to the United States to answer questions related to its U.S. bankruptcy case, filed after the company lost $400 million of customers' digital currency.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
TV-focused Xbox One update tests a DVR button and OneGuide on SmartGlass  —  We called the Xbox One a work in progress in our initial review, and to its credit, Microsoft has been hard at work addressing various software shortcomings (party system, friend notifications, Twitch streaming and so much more) over the last few months.
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 …
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
Google Takes Wi-Fi Snooping Scandal to the Supreme Court  —  The biggest U.S. internet wiretapping program outside the NSA may be headed to the Supreme Court.  —  Google is asking the high court to rule on the legality of the company's past sniffing of unencrypted Wi-Fi traffic …

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