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April 9, 2014, 9:15 PM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Dropbox unveils Carousel for organizing your photos and videos  —  Dropbox today announced Carousel, a product to store and manage your photos and videos.  It incorporates features from Snapjoy, a photo startup that Dropbox acquired in December 2012.  The launch of Carousel represents a bid …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Dropbox brings the popular Mailbox email app to Android and desktop  —  Dropbox is proclaiming that it's ready to launch “a new chapter,” but what exactly does that mean for the cloud storage king?  In addition to its ability to combine business and personal storage accounts …
The Dropbox Blog:
Dropbox Chapter 2: the “magic folder” is now “a home for life” accessed with a family of apps  —  A home for life  —  Technology should ‘just work’ and make us happy.  But with all the different apps, devices, and data out there, things gets complicated pretty quickly.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Jony Ive shakes up Apple's software design group, iPhone interface creator Greg Christie departing  —  Following friction between top Apple Human Interface Vice President Greg Christie and Senior Vice President Jony Ive, Apple's hardware and software design is being dramatically shaken up, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Is Forcing All Users To Download Messenger By Ripping Chat Out Of Its Main Apps  —  Facebook is taking its standalone app strategy to an extreme new level today.  It's starting to notify users they'll no longer have the option to send and receive messages in Facebook for iOS and Android …
Bruce Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Heartbleed is a catastrophic bug in OpenSSL, on a scale of 1 to 10, it 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.
Patrick McKenzie / Kalzumeus Software:
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Sources: Apple not interested in acquiring Square, Jack Dorsey not keen on selling it to Google  —  A Sale or IPO or More Funding?  Here's What Might Be Next for Square.  —  Of all the many high-profile Internet companies, perhaps none has attracted more speculation than Square.  It makes sense.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
One Kings Lane CEO Doug Mack Departs to Run Fanatics  —  According to an internal memo just sent out at online home decor site One King's Lane, CEO Doug Mack is departing the company to become CEO of Fanatics, a sports site.  The interim CEO will be Dinesh Lathi, who has been CFO and COO.
Russell Holly / Geek.com:
Google is testing new UI and features for Google Calendar  —  Much in the same way that Google is currently testing features out for Gmail, we are now seeing updated UI and new features for the Google Calendar Android app.  —  Like many other companies, Google tests a lot of their software internally …
Brad Stone / Businessweek:
Automattic, Steward of Wordpress, Snaps up Longreads  —  In the desert of short news bites and unsatisfying blog posts, the website and weekly email Longreads is a refreshing anomaly.  Since 2009, the small Oakland-based company has been linking to stories of over 1,500 words …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Analyzing Comcast's argument for taking over Time Warner Cable  —  Comcast has very bad reasons for wanting to buy Time Warner Cable  —  Defending the massive takeover to the FCC requires some leaps of logic  —  Comcast wants to own the internet — or, at least, the cables that carry it to most Americans' homes.
Richard Padilla / MacRumors:
Apple Testing Maps Notifications to Inform Users of Fixed Problems  —  Apple seems to be testing a new notification feature in its Maps application, based on a report and screenshots captured by a MacRumors reader.  —  The user reported an error to Apple in the Maps app on April 6 and was given …
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
With new profile page design, Twitter tries to establish itself as your main Internet profile  —  The Real Beauty Of Twitter's New Profile Page  —  Twitter's new profile page — more photos, featuring your best tweets, etc. — isn't really about copying Facebook or making a simple service more cumbersome.
More: Poynter and hypebotTweets: @rsarver
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 big East Coast investment funds.
iFixit:
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