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April 4, 2014, 10:55 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”.
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 …
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 …
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.”
More: VentureBeat and Reuters
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 …
More: FacebookTweets: @derrickharris
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.
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.
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
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.
Angus Loten / Wall Street Journal:
Business owners frustrated with Yelp are suing to try to unmask anonymous reviewers  —  Yelp Reviews Brew a Fight Over Free Speech vs. Fairness  —  Many Businesses Say Anonymity of Comments Is Unfair, Sue to Unmask Users  —  A closely watched Internet free-speech case is headed …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Tweets: @mdudas, @panzer and @hunterwalk
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.
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 …
More: bizjournalsTweets: @scottmaustin
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 …
More: Gigaom ResearchTweets: @jen_mcfadden
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.

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