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April 3, 2014, 9:00 PM

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Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Mozilla Co-Founder Brendan Eich Resigns as CEO, Leaves Foundation Board  —  Brendan Eich, the well-known techie who has gotten swept up in a controversy about his support of California's anti-gay marriage law Proposition 8, is resigning as CEO of for-profit Mozilla Corporation and also from the board …
Brendan Eich:
Brendan Eich on leaving Mozilla, taking a break and what's next  —  The Next Mission  —  Slides for the brief talk that I gave at a Harvard seminar on privacy and user data organized by John Taysom last week.  —  My talk was really more about the “network problem” than the “protocol problem”.
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Google mulls offering wireless voice and data services in Fiber markets, talked with Sprint, Verizon about buying, reselling network access  —  Google Weighs a Plunge into Mobile Phone Services  —  After thrusting itself into competition with U.S. cable operators, Google is inching closer to competing with wireless carriers, too.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft open sourcing more developer tech: .NET Compiler Platform, C#, Visual Basic, more  —  Microsoft open sources more of its .Net technologies  —  Summary: From the truth-is- stranger-than-fiction files, Microsoft — along with its mobile-dev tool partner Xamarin …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Speech Recognition Pioneer Novauris Bought By Apple, Team Now Works On Siri  —  Apple quietly acquired an automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology company called Novauris Technologies, which grew out of Dragon Systems R&D U.K. Ltd., the British research subsidiary of Dragon Systems, a well-known voice dictation pioneer.
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.
Carol E. Lee / Wall Street Journal:
White House calls Samsung out on Ortiz's Selfie With Obama  —  Samsung Called Out on Ortiz's Selfie With Obama  —  The White House is pushing back against Samsung Electronics Co. for its promotion of a selfie that Red Sox slugger David Ortiz took with President Barack Obama earlier this week.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Microsoft says Office iPad apps hit 12 million downloads a week after release  —  After announcing the release of the Office for iPad apps late last month, Microsoft announced today that the separate Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for iPad have collectively reached 12 million downloads a week after release.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Nest Halts Sales Of Protect Smoke Alarm Over Safety Concerns About ‘Wave To Dismiss’ Feature  —  Nest CEO Tony Fadell has just issued a notice recommending users disable the Protect smoke alarm's ‘wave to dismiss’ feature.  In testing, it was discovered that people could accidentally trigger the dismiss feature, delaying a smoke alarm.
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Facebook Explores Anonymity Features  —  Facebook spent years defining what it means to have an online identity.  Now with the surge in popularity of anonymous social apps, Facebook may be spending next few figuring out how to deal with the complete opposite case.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Gina Bianchini's MightyBell, a social network for small groups, opens to the public  —  MightyBell Now Tolls For All  —  The group software space is getting hot.  Between Google Groups, Facebook Groups, Yammer, Convo, Asana, newcomer Slack and more, a loose or tight-knit organization …
Blair Hanley Frank / GeekWire:
Azure updates: 99.95% DB uptime, SQL DBs up to 500GBs, load management on sites, more  —  Microsoft announces broad swath of new features for Azure  —  SAN FRANCISCO - There are some big new features afoot for Microsoft Azure.  As a part of the company's Build developer conference …
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.
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 …
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Dropbox Promotes Sujay Jaswa to Financial Chief Ahead of IPO  —  Online-storage startup Dropbox Inc. has finally named a chief financial officer, a pivotal step towards planning its initial public offering.  —  The company has promoted Sujay Jaswa, a vice president who already ran …
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Intel outs 64-bit KitKat Android, ‘Braswell’ chip for Chromebooks  —  Intel is touting a future system-on-a-chip for low-cost PCs and tablets and a 64-bit version of Android 4.4.  —  Toshiba's Chromebook uses a low-cost Intel Celeron processor.  Intel's upcoming Braswell chip could find its way into future Chromebooks.
James Robinson / PandoDaily:
Indiegogo edits support document claiming to catch “all cases of fraud” after clamor on dubious Healbe campaign  —  After Pando shows clear evidence of fraud, Indiegogo responds by... deleting anti-fraud guarantee  —  What's the right thing to do if your crowdfunding platform guarantees …
Jacob Gershman / Wall Street Journal:
In bid to trademark “Glass”, Google faces objections from USPTO  —  Cracks in Google's Bid to Trademark ‘Glass’  —  Google Inc. is trying to register the word “Glass” as a trademark for its computer-powered glasses.  But so far, the company and the U.S. trademark office aren't seeing eye to eye.
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