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April 7, 2014, 4:05 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 …
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.
Chris Dixon / chris dixon's blog:
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.
Tweets: @johnolilly
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Uber is launching an on-demand courier service tomorrow (exclusive)  —  Above: Promotional photograph from Uber  —  Tomorrow, Uber will launch an on-demand courier service in Manhattan, allowing users to request item pickup and delivery via a smartphone app.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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. …
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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.
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.
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
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Square Also Just Got Hundreds of Millions in Credit — So What's Up With Debt Financing?  —  Late-stage Internet startups are developing a taste for a different flavor of money: Debt financing.  Just like Dropbox, Square has secured a revolving credit facility worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
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 …
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.

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