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April 4, 2014, 3:40 PM

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iFixit:
Amazon Fire TV Teardown  —  Rainy weather got you down?  Stuck inside sitting on the couch eating popcorn?  What better to do whilst eating popcorn than...watch TV.  While on Fire.  Amazon Fire TV.™ Yesterday, Amazon announced a tiny black box that supposedly does everything better than all of the other tiny black boxes.
Matthew Moskovciak / CNET:
Amazon Fire TV review: best experience is reserved for Amazon's own content, somewhat pricey  —  Amazon Fire TV review: Impressive debut, but room to grow  —  The Good The Amazon Fire TV is best way to watch Amazon Instant movies and TV yet, and Prime subscribers can stream thousands of titles for no additional charge.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Why Is Facebook Page Reach Decreasing?  More Competition And Limited Attention  —  Every Page on Facebook wants everything they post shown to everyone.  But people only read a limited amount of News Feed per day.  There simply isn't room for everything, and the competition for feed space is intensifying.
Associated Press:
“Cuban Twitter” heads to hearings in Congress  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the U.S. government agency that secretly created a “Cuban Twitter” communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba is expected to testify next week before a senator who thinks the whole idea was “dumb, dumb, dumb.”
Jonathan Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung claims breakthrough in commercializing graphene, of potential use in flexible displays  —  Samsung Claims Progress on the Next Wonder Material  —  A group of researchers supported by Samsung Electronics said Friday that they've developed a technique for synthesizing graphene …
Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
Facebook open sources code for managing A/B tests  —  A/B tests to determine which features or designs work best is a standard tool of the trade for any data scientist working on a web or mobile application.  On Thursday, Facebook released a portion of its A/B testing code, called PlanOut …
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
T-Mobile CEO Fires Back After Losing BlackBerry Sales Arrangement  —  BlackBerry and T-Mobile executives should read Jordan's #love column.  Breaking up over the Internet is rough on everyone.  —  In a letter released this evening, T-Mobile's outspoken CEO John Legere talked …
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Samsung's Ativ SE Windows Phone now available for pre-order from Verizon  —  Ships April 12th without Windows Phone 8.1 update  —  After multiple leaks, the Samsung Ativ SE is now official.  As expected, the device arrives with Windows Phone 8, a 5-inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel camera …
Neha Dimri / Reuters:
Car-pricing comparison service TrueCar files to raise up to $125M in IPO  —  Car-comparison website TrueCar files for IPO  —  (Reuters) - TrueCar Inc, which runs a car-pricing comparison website, filed with U.S. regulators on Friday to raise up to $125 million in an initial public offering of common stock.
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”.
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Ben Fox Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
GrubHub raises $193M from IPO, shares up 54% in early trading valuing company at more than $3B  —  GrubHub Shares Surge in Early Trading  —  Offering Is Latest Sign of Healthy Appetite for Fast-Growing Internet Stocks  —  Shares of restaurant take-out website GrubHub Inc. rose sharply …
Andy / TorrentFreak:
Slysoft DVD Ripper owner fined $30K in criminal action by Antigua & Barbuda court  —  Slysoft DVD Ripper Owner Found Guilty in Criminal Action  —  If one existed, Antigua would hardly head up a list of countries sympathetic to copyright claims originating from the United States.
More: Plagiarism Today and RT
Mike Dano / FierceWireless:
Confirmed: Sprint to pay up to $650 in ETFs for Framily subscribers, matches T-Mobile offer exactly  —  Sprint (NYSE:S) today launched a new promotion where it will pay up to $650 to subscribers who switch from another carrier to one of Sprint's new Framily family calling plans.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Khosla VC Rabois Looks To Make Homes Easy To Sell In A Few Clicks  —  Keith Rabois, the former Square and PayPal executive who is now handling much of Khosla Ventures' consumer investments, has a new side gig.  —  He's co-founding a company under the codename Homerun that will make it easy to sell entire homes in a few clicks.
More: GeekWireTweets: @hunterwalk, @panzer and @mdudas

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