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April 1, 2014, 11:35 AM

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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 …
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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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.
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.
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo in talks to acquire online video service News Distribution Network for close to $300M  —  Yahoo in Talks to Buy Online-Video Service NDN — Sources  —  Deal Would Help Yahoo Compete With Google's YouTube  —  Yahoo Inc. is in preliminary talks to acquire online-video service News …
Nitesh Dhanjani:
Tesla's website allows weak passwords and brute-force attacks, easing remote unlocking and location tracking for attackers  —  Cursory Evaluation of the Tesla Model S: We Can't Protect Our Cars Like We Protect Our Workstations  —  The innovation behind Tesla's electric vehicles has set us …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Surprise, surprise: my online metadata actually reveals where I've been  —  Here are some of the places that Ars tracked Cyrus Farivar to in February 2014.  —  In January 2014, documents provided by Edward Snowden showed that a Canadian spy agency used a unique identifier to follow thousands …
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 …
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.
Ken Dilanian / Los Angeles Times:
NSA chief's legacy is shaped by big data, for better and worse  —  Gen. Keith Alexander, who just retired as NSA director, achieved ‘absolutely invaluable’ results with digital spying but failed to anticipate how the public would feel about privacy.  —  “We need to recognize that those who are working …
Michael Calia / Wall Street Journal:
OpenText Seeks $268 Million in Patent Claims From Box  —  Firm Seeks to Block Online Storage Company From Selling Infringing Products  —  OpenText Corp. on Monday said it is seeking $268 million in damages from online storage company Box Inc. over 200 claims of alleged patent infringement.
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Russell Brandom / The Verge:
OKCupid shows Firefox users a full-page interstitial suggesting alternate browsers in protest of Mozilla's CEO  —  OKCupid asks users to boycott Firefox because of CEO's gay rights stance  —  Anyone accessing the popular dating site OKCupid with Firefox today is in for a surprise.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft chops Azure prices to match Amazon's latest reductions  —  Summary: Microsoft is cutting prices for a number of its Azure services to match (and in some cases, beat) Amazon's latest pricing.  —  The cloud price wars are continuing to wage on.  —  A week after Amazon axed prices across …
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Bill Gurley on Whisper and Secret: hard to monetize — Fred Wilson: faddish reaction to Facebook  —  One Of The World's Smartest Investors Thinks Anonymous Apps Like Whisper And Secret Are Fads That Won't Make Money  —  Bill Gurley is a partner at Benchmark Capital who is on the board …

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