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April 11, 2014, 7:30 AM

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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.
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” …
Eric Markowitz / Vocativ:
Behind the Scenes: The Crazy 72 Hours Leading Up to the Heartbleed Discovery  —  Today Heartbleed is a household name—every person who uses the web is terrified of the security glitch.  But David Chartier knew about it almost a week ago, before just about anyone else on the planet.
Ellen Messmer / Network World:
Heartbleed Bug hits at heart of many Cisco, Juniper products  —  Cisco, Juniper say to expect security advisory updates related to Heartbleed  —  Network World - The Heartbleed Bug, a flaw in OpenSSL that would let attackers eavesdrop on Web, e-mail and some VPN communications …
Sean Michael Kerner / eWeek:
Heartbleed SSL Flaw Angst Aggravated by Broken Disclosure Process  —  The Heartbleed encryption vulnerability is perhaps the most serious Internet security flaw in recent memory, affecting hundreds of millions of people.  The Heartbleed flaw is found within OpenSSL, an open-source cryptographic library used …
Michael Ducker / The Twitter Blog:
Stay connected with notifications on twitter.com  —  When it comes to your interactions on Twitter, it should be easy for you to stay connected to what's relevant.  With this in mind, we're bringing you real-time notifications on twitter.com when someone is engaging with your Tweets.
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 …
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.
Donna Tam / CNET:
Amazon app store grows to 200,000 apps  —  CEO Jeff Bezos says the store has nearly tripled in size in the past year.  But it still trails Apple and Google.  —  Amazon's app store now has 200,000 apps, CEO Jeff Bezos announced Thursday in a letter to investors.
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:
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.
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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
YouTube Hurts Music Album Sales, Research Finds  —  In recent years many academics have researched the link between Internet piracy and the revenues of the major music labels, with varying results.  Some have concluded that there is no adverse impact of piracy on sales, others argue that there's a moderate negative relation.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Reddit Starts Listing Trending Subreddits To Get More Users Into Its Smaller Communities  —  Subreddits are, perhaps, reddit's biggest strength.  Introduced in 2008, they're a huge part of the reason why the site rose to popularity, and why that popularity has yet to taper off.
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 …
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.

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