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April 7, 2014, 6:40 PM

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Bloomberg:
Microsoft to launch Xbox original TV shows in June, has six series lined up, with more than a dozen projects in development  —  Microsoft Goes Hollywood in Amazon-Like Programming Push  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is going Hollywood with a cast including comedians Sarah Silverman and Seth Green …
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Uber launching an on-demand courier service in Manhattan on Tuesday  —  Uber is launching an on-demand courier service tomorrow (exclusive)  —  Tomorrow, Uber will launch an on-demand courier service in Manhattan, allowing users to request item pickup and delivery via a smartphone app.
Chris Dixon:
Mobile app dominance vs. web will hurt long-term innovation, likely make web a niche product  —  The decline of the mobile web  —  People are spending more time on mobile vs desktop:  —  And more of their mobile time using apps, not the web:  —  This is a worrisome trend for the web.
More: Business InsiderTweets: @johnolilly
Michael Crider / Android Police:
#1 new paid app in Play Store “Virus Shield” has no functionality, later removed by Google  —  The #1 New Paid App In The Play Store Costs $4, Has Over 10,000 Downloads, A 4.7-Star Rating... And It's A Total Scam [Updated]  —  Computer security is important, even if the computer in question fits in your hand.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter Acquires Android Lockscreen App Cover, Moves Deeper Into Mobile Services  —  A very interesting acquisition announcement from Twitter today: it's buying Cover, an Android lockscreen app that lets you customise what apps you see and when.  For now, Cover will remain live in the Play store.
Max Chafkin / Fast Company:
The story of Better Place, Shai Agassi's failed electric car startup that raised nearly $1B  —  A Broken Place: The Spectacular Failure Of The Startup That Was Going To Change The World  —  “So this is the car.”  I'm standing outside a shopping mall somewhere in Tel Aviv, Israel, as Guy Pross shows me his ride.
More: Gigaom
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Seagate releases 6TB hard drive, its fastest yet  —  Seagate has released its first 6TB hard drive, saying that it was able to reach that capacity without using helium like rival Western Digital.  —  Seagate has released its first 6TB, enterprise-class hard disk drive …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
StoreDot's Bio-Organic Battery Tech Can Charge From Flat To Full In 30 Seconds  —  Want to charge your phone from flat to full in 30 seconds?  Who doesn't.  But don't get too excited yet — Israeli startup StoreDot's bio-organic fast-charging battery tech, which utilizes quantum dot technology, is only a prototype right now.
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
Supreme Court passes on NSA bulk phone surveillance case  —  Case will head to appeals court first, but will likely end up with the Supremes.  —  The Supreme Court declined Monday to resolve the constitutionality of the National Security Agency's bulk telephone metadata surveillance program …
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 …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Microsoft targets broadcasters with the new studio-grade Skype TX  —  Microsoft is extending its reach into the broadcasting realm with a new product called Skype TX, which it calls “studio grade software that delivers high quality audio and video output to seamlessly connect broadcast …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Everything to know about iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 (Roundup + New Details)  —  While Apple only officially announced its 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) last week, we have been reporting all of the known information about what Apple plans to unveil at the event over the course of the past few months.
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Google Licenses Room 77 Software in Mobile Travel-Booking Push  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) wants you to reserve a hotel room from your smartphone, and it's spending money on the technology to make it happen.  —  The biggest Internet-search company is licensing hotel-booking software from Room 77 Inc. …
More: Android Community and TnoozTweets: @aaronwall
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Confirmed: Former Apple Exec Andy Miller Out at Leap Motion  —  Andy Miller, president and chief operating officer at the motion-controller startup Leap Motion, no longer has a day-to-day role there, the company confirmed today.  —  However, the former Apple iAd chief and co-owner …
More: Fortune
David Sirota / PandoDaily:
Documents show Gogo boasted of helping law enforcement agencies spy on in-flight wifi  —  We already know that there's almost nowhere on earth you can go to escape the warrantless snooping and panoptic surveillance of the US government.  Now it turns out you're not even safe 30,000 feet up in the sky.
Tweets: @csoghoian
Lisa Fleisher / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen invests $40M in online voting firm Scytl  —  Microsoft Co-Founder Allen Bets on Online Voting; Funds Scytl  —  People bank online and do their taxes online.  —  But not many vote online.  —  On Monday, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's venture-capital fund …

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