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April 7, 2014, 11:40 AM

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Bloomberg:
Microsoft to launch Xbox original TV shows in June, has six series in pipeline  —  Microsoft Goes Hollywood in Amazon-Like Programming Push  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is going Hollywood with a cast including comedians Sarah Silverman and Seth Green, aspiring World Cup players and eerily human robots.
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
The Six Juiciest Documents From the Apple-Samsung Trial This Week  —  Internal Apple document provided by Samsung  —  You'd think a corporate patent infringement battle would be boring — and you'd usually be right, even during the high-profile Round Two of Samsung versus Apple.
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo, like Netflix and Amazon, looks to produce full half-hour TV comedies  —  Yahoo Makes New Push Into Video Production  —  Internet Company Hunts for Original Web-Series Programming  —  Yahoo Inc. is raising its ambitions in online video, with plans to acquire the kind of original programming …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's open sourcing of .Net: The back story  —  Summary: Microsoft's decision to open source more of its .Net platform didn't happen overnight, or even in the past few weeks.  It was a move years in the making.  —  Microsoft's move to open source key chunks of its .Net platform …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
AOL Appoints William Pence From WebMD As New CTO; Curtis Brown Steps Down  —  AOL's ongoing push to turn its business around and focus on more ad-tech fuelled media plays continues apace: today the company (which owns TechCrunch) appointed a new CTO, William Pence, who it's hired away from WebMD, where he was also CTO as well as EVP.
Megan Rose Dickey / Business Insider:
How Techmeme Became The Must-Read News Site For Everyone In The Multibillion-Dollar Tech Industry  —  Over the past 10 years, the technology industry has evolved from photo-sharing websites like Flickr to photo-sharing apps like Instagram.  —  And, we suppose, there's been a few other changes along the way.
Ashley Feinberg / Gizmodo:
From Sexting to Sacraments: How Mobile Apps Are Taking on Religion  —  At this point, our entire lives could be boiled down into a series of apps.  Schedules, diets, friends, family, play—it's all there in a set of brightly colored, easy-to-digest icons that have come to define the way we see ourselves.
Bloomberg:
HTC Posts Second Loss in Three Quarters Ahead of M8 Smartphone  —  HTC Corp. (2498) posted its second loss in three quarters after sales at the Taiwanese maker of smartphones slowed ahead of the release of a new version of its mainstay One device.  —  First-quarter loss was NT$1.88 billion …
Kevin Rose / Instagram:
Anti-tech protesters visit Kevin Rose's SF home, distribute leaflets calling him a “parasite”  —  My house was protested today by anti-tech folks, they had a large banner saying “Kevin Rose Parasite”, handed these to my neighbors:
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808/810: 20nm High-End 64-bit SoCs with LTE Category 6/7 Support in 2015  —  Today Qualcomm is rounding out its 64-bit family with the Snapdragon 808 and 810.  Like the previous 64-bit announcements (Snapdragon 410, 610 and 615), the 808 and 810 leverage ARM's own CPU IP …

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Microsoft:
Eye Gaze hackathon team helps Steve Gleason operate his wheelchair — using his eyes  —  The team devises a way to use a Kinect sensor, Microsoft robotics research and eye-tracking technology on Surface Pro 3 to navigate the wheelchair.
HP:
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VMware:
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