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April 11, 2014, 6:35 PM

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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 …
Nick Sullivan / CloudFlare Blog:
Cloudflare's extensive testing with Heartbleed unsuccessful in retrieving private SSL key data  —  Answering the Critical Question: Can You Get Private SSL Keys Using Heartbleed?  —  The widely-used open source library OpenSSL revealed on Monday it had a major bug, now known as “heartbleed”.
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 …
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 …
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, the Bloomberg report that put the valuation of popular dating app Tinder at $5 billion was a little too good to be true.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Exclusive: Apple vs. Samsung docs reveal Galaxy Tab was a flop and Samsung knew it  —  Top secret sales data revealed during the Apple vs. Samsung trial this week shows that Samsung knew that the Galaxy Tab sales figures (and overall Android tablet sales) it and various market research groups …
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Microsoft and Sony invest in Intellectual Ventures' latest acquisition fund, Apple and Intel decline  —  Exclusive: Microsoft, Apple diverge on bankrolling big patent buyer  —  (Reuters) - Patent buyer Intellectual Ventures has persuaded Microsoft and Sony to invest in its latest acquisition fund …
Dhanya Ann Thoppil / Wall Street Journal:
Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders May Soon Be Allowed to Work in the U.S.  —  It may be about to get easier for Indian programmers to get work for their spouses in the United States.  —  The U.S. is planning changes to the immigration rules that will make the country more attractive …
More: The White House and VoxTweets: @happywebcoder
Facebook:
Facebook cleans up News Feed spam by cracking down on Like-baiting, repeated content, and spammy links  —  News Feed FYI: Cleaning Up News Feed Spam  —  The goal of News Feed is to deliver the right content to the right people at the right time so they don't miss the stories that are important and relevant to them.
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 …
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 …
Hiroyuki Kachi / Wall Street Journal:
Sony warns of battery fire risk in latest Vaio Fit 11A laptops, 26,000 affected worldwide  —  Sony Issues Warning Over Vaio Battery Fire Risk  —  Nearly 26,000 Personal Computers Affected World-Wide  —  TOKYO— Sony Corp. said Friday there was a risk that batteries made by Panasonic Corp …
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Amazon Web Services launches R3 instances  —  Summary: It's been a busy time for the cloud giant, which is finding itself fighting off competitors increasingly these days.  —  Amazon Web Services announced the availability of R3 instances, the next generation of the tech giant's cornerstone …
The United States Department of Justice:
DOJ charges 9 individuals for using Zeus malware to steal millions, 2 extradited from UK  —  Nine Charged in Conspiracy to Steal Millions of Dollars Using “Zeus” Malware … Nine alleged members of a wide-ranging racketeering enterprise and conspiracy who infected thousands of business computers …

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