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April 12, 2014, 1:20 AM

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Michael Riley / Bloomberg:
NSA Said to Have Used Heartbleed Bug, Exposing Consumers  —  The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said.
IC ON THE RECORD:
NSA and Federal government were not aware of Heartbleed vulnerability before April 2014  —  Statement on Bloomberg News story that NSA knew about the “Heartbleed bug” flaw and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence  —  April 11, 2014  —  NSA was not aware of the recently …
CloudFlare:
Two people independently obtained SSL private keys with Heartbleed exploits, solving CloudFlare's challenge  —  The Heartbleed Challenge  —  So far, two people have independently solved the Heartbleed Challenge.  The first was submitted at 4:22:01PST by Fedor Indutny (@indutny).
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon plans to announce a smartphone in June, to ship by the end of September  —  Amazon Preparing to Release Smartphone  —  Retailer Has Plans to Announce Phone in June, Begin Shipping By End of September  —  Amazon.com Inc. is preparing to release a smartphone in the second half of this year …
Re/code:
Amazon is wooing app developers for upcoming smartphone with money, Amazon Web Services, more  —  Amazon's Hard Sell: Gaining Developers for Its Coming Smartphones  —  As Amazon prepares for the launch of its first smartphones, the company faces a daunting task: Ensuring that the devices …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
IAC bought 11% of Tinder from Palihapitiya for only $55M, valuating company at $500M  —  Hot but Not That Hot: Tinder Stake Sale Puts Valuation of Whole Startup at $500 Million  —  As in dating online, a Bloomberg report from earlier today that put the valuation of popular dating app Tinder …
Drew Houston / The Dropbox Blog:
Dropbox responds to uproar over Condoleezza Rice: our commitment to your rights and privacy will continue  —  Our commitment to your rights and privacy  —  There's nothing more important to us than keeping your stuff safe and secure.  It's why we've been fighting for transparency …
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
Appeals court reverses hacker/troll “weev” conviction and sentence [Updated]  —  A federal appeals court Friday reversed and vacated the conviction and sentence of hacker and Internet troll Andrew “weev” Auernheimer.  —  The case against Auernheimer, who has often been in solitary confinement …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple Developers Must Now Agree To Ad Identifier Rules Or Risk App Store Rejection  —  Apple has just updated a section in iTunes Connect, the service mobile developers use to distribute and update their applications on the iTunes App Store, with new language that details how the Advertising Identifier …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft experiments with making Windows Live Tiles interactive  —  Summary: Microsoft researchers are looking at ways to allow Windows 8, Windows Phone and Xbox users able to interact directly with Live Tiles.  —  Microsoft researchers in Asia are experimenting with the usefulness …
Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal:
Report: 44% of Twitter Accounts Have Never Sent a Tweet  —  Twitter is having no trouble signing up users.  But some new research provides an update on the size of an ongoing problem: getting people to tweet.  —  A report from Twopcharts, a website that monitors Twitter account activity …
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Google is testing a program with advertisers to match web users to in-store sales  —  Google Tests a Way to Follow You to the Mall  —  Internet Giant Working With Advertisers to Match Web Users to Their Purchases at Stores  —  Retailers have long struggled to determine whether online ads fuel sales …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Sprint to offer carrier billing and free trials for Spotify service in planned partnership  —  Sprint and Spotify Plan to Partner Up  —  Sprint and Spotify are working to push the streaming music service out to the wireless carrier's customers.  —  A planned tie-up between the two companies …
More: Engadget and SlashGearTweets: @pkafka
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
ZEFR Is Selling MovieClips To Comcast's Fandango  —  Los Angeles-based ZEFR has built a huge business by helping content owners and brands to track and monetize video content on YouTube.  But years after launching as a destination site for movie fans to discover and watch their favorite scenes online …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Box Defeats Preliminary Injunction In OpenText's $268M Patent Infringement Case  —  Some positive legal news for Box, the cloud services company that is preparing for an IPO.  A judge has denied a motion for a preliminary injunction of one of its products — originally requested …

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