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April 3, 2014, 7:15 AM

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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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
The story of Cortana, Microsoft's Siri killer  —  Technically, Cortana isn't supposed to exist for at least another 500 years, but that's not stopping Microsoft from bringing her to life this week.  While Apple has Siri and Google has Google Now — both digital assistants that run on smartphones …
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
How Amazon Fire TV Stacks Up To Apple TV, Chromecast And Roku  —  Amazon has just announced its streaming TV media device, the Fire TV, and that means it now faces off against other tech giants and incumbents in yet another category.  So how does the Amazon TK compare to the likes of the Apple TV …
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.
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 …
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 …
Eric Lam / Bloomberg:
Google stock split creates nonvoting class, lets founders retain control when new stock issued  —  New Google Shares Hit Market as Founders Cement Grip With Split  —  More than 330 million new shares of Google Inc. (GOOG) land in the U.S. equity market today, completing a two-year process through …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Fantastical 2, The Best iPhone Calendar App, Is Now Available On iPad  —  There are only a few companies whose mobile apps are so well done or engaging that they actually earn one of the precious few spots on your iPhone's homescreen.  Flexibits, the makers of Fantastical 2 …
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
iOS 7 bug allows anyone to disable Find My iPhone and bypass Activation Lock without a password  —  Starting with iOS 7, deleting an iCloud account or restoring a device requires Find My iPhone to be disabled.  Find My iPhone, in turn, requires the user to enter the password for the Apple ID attached to the iCloud account.
Cade Metz / Wired:
Twitter details its “Manhattan” real-time distributed database that helps it scale  —  This Is What You Build to Juggle 6,000 Tweets a Second  —  When you open the Twitter app on your smartphone and all those tweets, links, icons, photos, and videos materialize in front of you, they're not coming from one place.
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 …
Pankaj Mishra / TechCrunch:
India's Homeshop18 Files For $75M Nasdaq IPO, Ahead Of Bigger E-Commerce Rivals  —  Homeshop18, an Indian TV shopping and online retail company owned by media conglomerate Network18 Media, has filed for $75 million IPO on Nasdaq, ahead of much-awaited listings of bigger e-commerce rivals in the country such as Flipkart and Snapdeal.

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