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April 3, 2014, 5:55 PM

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Associated Press:
US govt secretly created “Cuban Twitter” to stir unrest, sought funding from Jack Dorsey  —  US secretly created “Cuban Twitter” to stir unrest  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan …
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 …
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.
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.
Russell Holly / Geek.com:
Google is testing new inbox tabs, snooze and pinning features for messages in Gmail for Android  —  Google is testing an army of new features for Gmail  —  There's a whole new wave of features being considered for Google's popular email client, and on the list is more tabs, a new pin system …
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 …
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 …
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.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Vine Introduces Direct Video Messaging  —  Twitter's Vine has introduced a feature that allows you to message other users directly via video.  This adds both a direct messaging channel and video clips to its messages, a big addition to Twitter's video app.
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.
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.
Eric Johnson / Re/code:
Messaging App Tango Hooks Up With Words With Friends  —  In Asia, mobile messaging apps are a dominant means of game and app distribution.  Now, one of their many American peers, Tango, is positioning itself to be a bit more like Facebook, at least within the Zynga game Words With Friends.
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.
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 …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook paid 330 security researchers $1.5M in 2013; adds Instagram, Parse, Atlas, Onavo to Bug Bounty program  —  Facebook today announced it paid out $1.5 million to 330 security researchers around the world in 2013 as part of its bug bounty program, which launched back in August 2011.
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 …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Facebook Messenger updated on iOS, Android with free voice calls over Wi-Fi in all countries  —  Facebook Messenger 4.1 Adds Free WiFi Calls For All Users  —  Previously limited to the UK, US, and Canada on iOS and selected countries on Android, Facebook's Messenger app has today added free audio calls …
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