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April 3, 2014, 4:46 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 …
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:
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
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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 …
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:
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 …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Nokia announces MD-12, a Bluetooth speaker with 15 hours audio playback for $55  —  Nokia shows off ‘MD-12’ Bluetooth speaker to match its new smartphones  —  It's not all fun phones and games at Nokia's Build shindig here in San Francisco.  In addition to giving us a closer look at the new Lumia 930 …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple patches Safari's Pwn2Own vulnerability, two-dozen other critical bugs  —  Cupertino again leaves Snow Leopard users out in the cold by omitting fixes for Safari 5.1.10  —  Apple on Tuesday patched the security vulnerability in Safari that was successfully exploited …
Joab Jackson / PC World:
Microsoft open sources Windows Library for JavaScript  —  Potentially helping developers more quickly build cross-platform applications, Microsoft is releasing as open source its WinJS JavaScript library for building Windows-styled controls.  —  Now that the library is open source …
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 …

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