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April 2, 2014, 10:10 PM

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Joe Belfiore / Windows Phone Blog:
Cortana (yes!) and Many, Many Other Great Features coming in Windows Phone 8.1  —  Whew, what a day!  What a week!  I've just gotten off the stage at Build in front of 5,000 of our beloved developers talking about the future of the Windows platform.  And now I'm here to tell YOU about the stuff we've …
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Microsoft making Windows free on devices with screens under nine inches  —  Microsoft today said it will make Windows free of charge for phones and tablets with screens smaller than nine inches, a move designed to help boost the company's market share.  The announcement comes alongside plans …
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Nokia introduces the Lumia 930, 630, & 635, designed for Windows Phone 8.1  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Nokia has just announced its latest phones, the Lumia 930, 630, and 635.  —  The 930 is designed to take advantage of all the new aspects of Windows, wrapped up inside the new Windows Phone 8.1 operating system …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 8.1 with personal assistant Cortana, Action Center, customizable lockscreens  —  At its Build 2014 conference today, Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 8.1.  Among the new features is a personal digital assistant named Cortana, a new Action Center …
Amazon.com:
Amazon Fire TV ships today with Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, YouTube, WatchESPN, and more  —  Introducing Amazon Fire TV: The Easiest Way to Watch Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, and More on Your Big-Screen TV  —  Powerful performance with 3x the processing power …
Jason Schreier / Kotaku:
Amazon Hires Portal's Kim Swift, Far Cry 2's Clint Hocking  —  Amazon is bolstering up talent in their video game development studio, and they've got two new high-profile snags: Portal designer Kim Swift and Far Cry 2 designer Clint Hocking have both joined Amazon Game Studios, Kotaku has learned.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Brandon LeBlanc / Windows Experience Blog:
Windows 8.1 Update - important refinements to the Windows experience  —  As Joe mentioned here, today we're announcing two important updates to the Windows platform: Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update.  With these updates, we continue to refine and improve Windows based on feedback …
Tim Stevens / CNET:
Microsoft's Chaitanya Sareen gets candid on the evolution of Windows 8  —  Chaitanya Sareen, who has managed every version of Windows since 7, shares his thoughts with us about the always-evolving state of the desktop operating system.  —  Chaitanya Sareen  —  Josh Miller/CNET
Nellie Bowles / Re/code:
Splashy Tactics — Tech-Shuttle Protester Vomits on Yahoo Bus  —  The tech-shuttle protests are growing wilder and stranger.  —  This morning, a group of hoodie-wearing protesters clambered onto a Yahoo shuttle at the MacArthur BART stop in Oakland and at least one of them vomited onto its windshield.
Abhijeet M. / SamMobile:
Rumored Galaxy S5 mini specs: 4.5" 720p Super AMOLED, quad-core Snapdragon 400, 1.5GB RAM  —  EXCLUSIVE: Galaxy S5 mini (SM-G800) specs leaked  —  We exclusively confirmed that the Galaxy S5 mini would be launching after the Galaxy S5 (not that we needed that confirmation …
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Yahoo now encrypting traffic from its data centers, and plans to encrypt Messenger too  —  Yahoo is one of the many technology companies demanding reforms on US surveillance laws, and now says it's taken additional security measures to protect data it handles.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Automated Investment Service Wealthfront Raises $35M From Index, Ribbit Capital  —  Financial services as an industry is a sector that is rapidly being disrupted from all directions.  One of the startups helping to lead the pack is Wealthfront, an automated investment firm that serves …
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Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Samsung: Our ‘next big thing’ ads drove Apple's marketing chief ‘crazy’  —  Samsung's “Next Big Thing” advertising campaign, which frequently cracked fun at people standing in line outside of Apple stores for product launches, drove Apple's marketing chief Phil Schiller crazy.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Ubuntu to shut down Dropbox competitor Ubuntu One as storage wars heat up  —  Canonical, owner of the popular Linux operating system Ubuntu, today announced that it is shutting down its file-storing service Ubuntu One.  —  Aside from being a distraction, Canonical says the service is being shut down because …

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