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April 9, 2014, 10:25 AM

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Bruce Schneier / Schneier on Security:
On a catastrophic scale of 1 to 10, the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug is an 11  —  Heartbleed is a catastrophic bug in OpenSSL: … Basically, an attacker can grab 64K of memory from a server.  The attack leaves no trace, and can be done multiple times to grab a different random 64K of memory.
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
Matthew Green / A Few Thoughts …:
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Quora Raises $80M Led by Tiger Global, Now Valued at $900M  —  Q&A startup Quora, while not quite the buzzy Silicon Valley startup it was when it first started, has nonetheless joined the club of extremely richly valued startups raising money from East Coast hedge funds.
Qwilt:
Report: Amazon tops Hulu and Apple to become third largest video streaming service after Netflix and YouTube  —  Amazon Rising - Amazon's Streaming Video Surpasses Hulu and Apple  —  “Amazon.com rivals Wal-Mart as a store, Apple as a device maker, and IBM as a data services provider.
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Comcast preparing wireless service built on combination of Wi-Fi and leased cellular capacity  —  Comcast Quietly Preps Challenge to Wireless Carriers  —  Google isn't the only technology giant thinking of offering new mobile phone plans to unseat wireless giants.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Rather than diminish the web, mobile apps build on and diversify it, enabling new experiences  —  Rethinking What We Mean by ‘Mobile Web’  —  Chris Dixon, in a piece titled “The Decline of the Mobile Web”, citing stats from ComScore and Flurry: … I think Dixon has it all wrong.
Noel Randewich / Reuters:
Intel closes Costa Rica operation, cuts 1,500 jobs  —  (Reuters) - Chipmaker Intel, struggling with a shrinking personal computer market, is shutting its assembly and test operation in Costa Rica and eliminating 1,500 jobs, a spokesman said on Tuesday.  —  The closure of the site …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Apple's Damages Expert Makes Case for Why Company Is Due $2.19 Billion From Samsung  —  An Apple-hired damages expert on Tuesday told the jury that the iPhone maker is owed $2.19 billion in damages for infringing five patents between August 2011 and the end of 2013.
Isadora Lapowsky / Wired:
With its latest redesign, Twitter imitates Facebook in an effort to appeal to the mainstream  —  The Reason Twitter Wants to Look Like Facebook: Your Parents  —  There's blatant imitation, and then there's thoughtful strategy.  At first blush, Twitter's new redesign …
Scotty Loveless / Overthought:
Apple Genius' iOS battery life guide: disable location and background refresh for Facebook, don't quit apps  —  The Ultimate Guide to Solving iOS Battery Drain  —  Updated April 7, 2014: added Step 8 to the list.  —  Added Korean Translation (provided by Yoon Jiman)

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