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April 3, 2014, 4:10 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Russell Holly / Geek.com:
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, and the ability to temporarily quiet an email notification.  —  Email is one of those things …
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 …
Reuters:
Turkey lifts Twitter ban: official  —  A Turkish national flag with the word ‘offline’ projected on it, is seen through a Twitter logo in this photo illustration taken in Zenica, March 21, 2014.  —  (Reuters) - Turkey's telecoms authority lifted a two-week-old ban on Twitter on Thursday …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Inside Stanford's Virtual Human Interaction Lab; see what Zuck saw just weeks before Oculus buy  —  If You Like Immersion, You'll Love This Reality  —  The news that Facebook paid $2 billion for a virtual reality start-up, Oculus VR, might strike you as a bit zany.
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 …
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 …
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
Tech Giants Team Up With Pharma to Protect Software Patents  —  Concerned that the value of their patents could be in some danger, Apple, Microsoft and IBM have teamed up with major pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers to launch a new industry group to talk up the value of the current patent system …
Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
FireChat's anonymous, off-grid messaging app arrives on Android  —  FireChat has been on a rollercoaster ride since developer Open Garden released it for iOS last month, peaking at well over 100,000 iTunes downloads a day last Tuesday.  Open Garden is now hoping for a repeat performance, this time on Android.

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