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April 7, 2014, 10:00 AM

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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.
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:
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.
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.
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 …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
One big reason we lack Internet competition: Starting an ISP is really hard  —  Creating an ISP?  You'll need millions of dollars, patience, and lots of lawyers.  —  There are probably many reasons that US households have so few choices for Internet service, but not least among them is the fact …
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 …
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.
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic Online:
Meet Mobile Accord, the company that built “Cuban Twitter” ZunZuneo with help of US government  —  The Fall of Internet Freedom: Meet the Company That Secretly Built ‘Cuban Twitter’  —  The United States discreetly supported the creation of a website and SMS service that was …
Emily Weinrebe / ACLU:
ACLU introduces searchable archive of all leaked NSA documents  —  Introducing the ACLU's NSA Documents Database  —  The public debate over our government's surveillance programs has reached remarkable heights since the first set of NSA disclosures in June 2013 based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

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