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April 10, 2014, 10:35 PM

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Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Apple Says iOS, OSX and “Key Web Services” Not Affected by Heartbleed Security Flaw  —  Apple said Thursday that its mobile, desktop and Web services weren't affected by a major flaw in a set of security software used by hundreds of thousands of websites.  —  The flaw, codenamed “Heartbleed” …
Ben Grubb / Sydney Morning Herald:
Man who introduced serious ‘Heartbleed’ security flaw denies he inserted it deliberately  —  Researchers have disclosed a serious vulnerability in standard web encryption software OpenSSL.  —  The German software developer who introduced a security flaw into an encryption protocol used …
Amber Gott / The LastPass Blog:
Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom:
Google selling Glass to anyone in the US on April 15 for a limited time  —  Even if you don't have a Google Glass Explorer invitation, you can soon get your hands on Google's wearable computer.  On Thursday, the company announced a limited promotion on April 15 that opens the doors to anyone …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Adding Condoleezza Rice To Dropbox's Board Seems Incredibly Tone Deaf Following NSA Concerns  —  Dropbox is probably the most well-known of the cloud storage providers out there, and it's angling for an IPO.  As such, it recently made some changes in its management, including a bit of news …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
iFixit:
Samsung Galaxy S5 Teardown  —  Every so often, our Earth-bound teardown team gazes skyward.  Today, we look to take the Samsung Galaxy S5 to pieces.  Will this device be immortalized among the stars of repairability—or will it plummet to the ground like a blazing meteorite?
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Amazon Acquires Digital Comic Book Store Comixology  —  Amazon has just announced that they will acquire comiXology, a service that offers digital versions of comics from Marvel, DC, and many others.  —  If you've never used it, it's probably easiest to think of comiXology as a sort of iTunes/Kindle Store for comic books.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Bitcoin Falls Below The $400 Mark, Down More Than 60% From Its All-Time High  —  Bitcoin reached another milestone today, with the cryptocurrency falling below the $400 per-coin mark.  Bitcoin sold for over $1,100 inside of the last 52 weeks.  —  The price correction was driven by news from China, as it often has been.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Health Secretary Resigns After Woes of HealthCare.gov  —  WASHINGTON — Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, is resigning, ending a stormy five-year tenure marred by the disastrous rollout of President Obama's signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act.
Rachel King / ZDNet:
FTC calls out Facebook, Whatsapp over privacy ahead of merger  —  Summary: Facebook might have its work cut out for it as it presses ahead with a multi-billion deal to buy the popular messaging service.  —  Never mind the implications and vociferous debate over the Comcast-Time Warner merger.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft OS chief Myerson on the future of ‘One Windows’  —  Summary: The head of Microsoft's unified operating system group, Terry Myerson, shares more details on Microsoft's one Windows vision in a Q&A with ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley.  —  Microsoft's Executive Vice President of operating systems, Terry Myerson, has a lot on his plate.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Survey: 40% of early adopters would buy a bigger iPhone  —  Interest in the so-called iPhone 6 sets a ChangeWave survey record.  —  FORTUNE — Smartphone sales in the increasingly saturated U.S. market may have slowed, but if the results of a new survey are any indication …
Fahmida Y. Rashid / SecurityWeek:
Surveillance is the Business Model of the Internet: Bruce Schneier  —  Data is a natural consequence of computing, and as search tools get better, it shifts the balance of power towards mass collection and surveillance, renowned security expert Bruce Schneier said at the SOURCE Boston conference on Wednesday.
More: CRNTweets: @berrydmThanks:@wiredmike
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Zynga Names David Lee CFO, As Longtime Exec Mark Vranesh Departs The Firm  —  Today after the bell, Zynga announced that its CFO and CAO Mark Vranesh will depart the firm after six years, and that David Lee will assume both roles effective April 14.  Vranesh will help out for a month to …
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Ex-Gowalla Founders Raise $2.1 Million for Last, a Stealth Mobile Startup  —  Josh Williams has been involved in geolocation services for quite some time.  He's one of the founders of Gowalla, a mobile-focused location sharing startup he sold to Facebook in 2011, and worked on more mobile products inside the social network.
More: TechCrunch and MediumTweets: @bryce and @rsarver
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Strengthens Android App Security With Continuous Post-Install Scans  —  Google is making a change to its Android security systems today that is meant to ensure that users who install apps from outside of the Google Play store are a bit safer from malicious apps.
Joshua Cohen / Tubefilter:
Ex-Maker CEO Danny Zappin Sues To Delay $500 Million Disney Acquisition  —  Disney plans to close a $500 to $950 million acquisition of Maker Studios, but one of the old executives and a handful of founders of the self-proclaimed “talent first, technology-driven media company” and YouTube multi-channel network refuse to just let it go.
Loek Essers / PC World:
Party's over for the Dutch: pirated downloads now prohibited in the Netherlands  —  The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has banned downloading pirated content, finally making this illegal for people in the Netherlands.  —  The government's decision follows a ruling of the Court …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Project Ara's Module Developers Kit released, provides guidelines for module manufacturers  —  Here are some of the crazy phones you can build with Google's Project Ara  —  Google is starting to show developers what they need to do to create swappable parts for its upcoming modular smartphones, currently called Project Ara.

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