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April 4, 2014, 6:35 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.
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.”
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.
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.
Bloomberg:
Symantec plans to hire JPMorgan Chase to explore options, defend from activist shareholders  —  Symantec Said to Hire JPMorgan to Seek Options  —  Symantec Corp. (SYMC) is hiring JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) to explore its options and defend itself from activist shareholders …

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