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April 3, 2014, 11:55 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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Clari, A Mobile-First Predictive Sales Tool, Comes Out Of Stealth With $6M From Sequoia  —  CRM behemoths like Salesforce and Oracle have made some significant inroads into mobile and specifically apps for mobile salespeople, but a new startup believes that its streamlined, mobile-first solution can do it better.
More: VentureBeat and CITEworldTweets: @sequoia_capital
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 …
Bobby Yip / Reuters:
Alibaba's Jack Ma invests $532M for controlling stake in financial software firm Hundsun Tech  —  Alibaba's Jack Ma invests $532 million in financial software firm  —  (Reuters) - Jack Ma, the founder of China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the world's biggest e-commerce firm …
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 …
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Boundary raises $22M to watch all your apps and infrastructure  —  These days, companies use lots of tools to ship code and deploy applications.  Keeping track of everything can mean keeping a ton of browser tabs open and struggling to identify the biggest issues of the moment.
More: TechCrunch and Gigaom
Eric Johnson / Re/code:
Jaunt Raises $6.8 Million for Virtual Reality Movies  —  Facebook and Sony are betting that games will be the first wave of virtual reality content, but that the uses for the technology will eventually broaden.  Even before the Oculus Rift or Project Morpheus has had a chance with consumers …
Chip Cummins / Wall Street Journal:
Flickr's Spiering Departs for Berlin Start-up EyeEm  —  U.S. online photo-hosting site Flickr lost its product head, Mark Spiering, to Berlin's nascent start-up scene.  —  EyeEm Mobile GmbH, which operates a Berlin-based, free photo-sharing app, said Thursday that Mr. Spiering, 36 years old …
More: TechCrunch
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 …
Joe Belfiore / Windows Phone Blog:

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