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April 3, 2014, 9:50 AM

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Apple:
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off June 2 at Moscone West in San Francisco  —  Developers Can Apply for WWDC Tickets Starting Today  —  Apple® today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 2 through June 6 at San Francisco's Moscone West.
Associated Press:
US govt secretly created “Cuban Twitter” to stir unrest, sought funding from Jack Dorsey  —  US secretly created “Cuban Twitter” to stir unrest  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » US secretly created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Imgur, the Image-Sharing Site, Raises $40 Million From Andreessen Horowitz  —  If you spend any measurable amount of time on the Internet, you've likely visited — or at least looked at — an image hosted on Imgur (pronounced “image-er").  —  The photo-sharing service is extremely popular …
David Meyer / Gigaom:
European Parliament passes strong net neutrality law, along with major roaming reforms  —  European fans of the open internet can breathe a sigh of relief: the European parliament has passed a major package of telecoms law reform, complete with amendments that properly define and protect net neutrality.
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:
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 …
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:
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Tesco Buys Into Ad Tech As Big Data Division Dunnhumby Nabs Sociomantic For Over $100M  —  UK-based Tesco, the world's second-largest retailer after Walmart, has made a killing in its sector by jumping early into the use of big data, collected via loyalty cards as well as through stores and online …
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Vkontakte CEO in U-Turn After Announcing Departure  —  Pavel Durov Said on His Vkontakte Page That Resignation Was an 'April Fool's Joke'  —  MOSCOW—The unpredictable founder of Vkontakte, Russia's largest social-networking website, who earlier this week announced he was quitting his job …
Timothy J. Seppala / Engadget:
New Kinect for Windows arrives this summer  —  Amid the volley of announcements from Microsoft's Build conference, is word that the new Kinect for Windows has a near-future release time-frame for both the hardware and its SDK.  The desktop version of Microsoft's do-all sensor will be available …
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 …
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 …
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.

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