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April 3, 2014, 6:10 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:
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 …
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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.
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
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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 …
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 …
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 …

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