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April 4, 2014, 4:30 AM

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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”.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 …
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 …
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Mikael Ricknäs / PC World:
Public Wi-Fi speeds to get a boost from Qualcomm's new antenna technology  —  Qualcomm has chipsets on the way that use new antenna technology to boost Wi-Fi download speeds in crowded spaces where lots of people are competing for bandwidth.  —  The growing popularity of Wi-Fi has hurt performance …
Walter Frick / HBR.org:
Founders under 35 are likely the majority among those who built billion-dollar businesses  —  How Old Are Silicon Valley's Top Founders?  Here's the Data  —  Last week, The New Republic published a lengthy exploration of ageism in Silicon Valley, the idea that venture capitalists discriminate …
Tweets: @harvardbizThanks:@wfrick
Jacob Gershman / Wall Street Journal:
In bid to trademark “Glass”, Google faces objections from USPTO  —  Google Is Having Trouble Trying to Trademark the Word ‘Glass’  —  Google 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.
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.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Twitter now shows emoji characters on the web  —  There's a good chance that some of your smartphone-toting friends use emoji to express themselves on Twitter — wouldn't it be nice to see those icons while you're surfing the web?  As of today, you can.  Twitter has updated its web client …
AppleInsider:
Apple settles patent infringement suit with Sony, Philips-backed Intertrust Technologies  —  Apple has reached an out-of-court settlement with Intertrust Technologies, a holding company owned jointly by consumer electronics giants Sony and Philips, putting an end to a patent infringement lawsuit filed …
Isla Binnie / Reuters:
Google pays $1.4 million fine in Italy over StreetView concerns  —  (Reuters) - Google has paid a 1 million euro ($1.4 million) fine imposed by Italy's data protection watchdog over complaints that cars it used to record images on Italian streets in 2010 were not clearly recognizable, the regulator said on Thursday.
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 Ruddock / Android Police:
[Rumor] “Android Silver” May Be Google's Attempt To Finally Provide A Premium Android Sale And Support Experience  —  If there's one thing we hear time and again about Android, it's the F word: fragmentation.  While it's largely just an annoying word used to get under the skin of Android fans …

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