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April 4, 2014, 7:30 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.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Internal Apple Document Shows Worries iPhone Growth Could Stall  —  Internal Apple documents show the concern, at least from the company's sales force, that the portion of the market occupied by the iPhone was on the wane amid growing competition from Android devices that have either larger screens or lower prices than the iPhone.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
TPG-led group to invest in Airbnb valuing the company at $10B  —  TPG-led group to invest in Airbnb; deal values startup at $10 billion  —  A group led by private-equity firm TPG reached an agreement in principle to invest in Airbnb Inc. in a deal that values the online startup at about $10 billion.
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Vine Co-Founder Colin Kroll to Step Down From General Manager Role  —  Colin Kroll, one of Vine's founding employees and current leader of the Twitter-owned video sharing startup, plans to leave his position as general manager and assume an advisory position, according to a tweet he posted on Friday.
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Glenn Greenwald / First Look Media:
Snowden docs show GCHQ discussed using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube for covert propaganda  —  The “Cuban Twitter” Scam Is a Drop in the Internet Propaganda Bucket  —  This week, the Associated Press exposed a secret program run by the U.S. Agency for International Development to create …
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 …
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.
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.
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