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April 11, 2014, 5:00 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.
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”.
Ellen Messmer / Network World:
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 …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
IAC's Match Group CEO: we did Tinder transaction, but $5B valuation “nowhere near the truth”  —  No, Tinder Is Not Worth $5 Billion  —  Don't believe those reports saying Tinder, the popular mobile dating app, is worth $5 billion.  —  That number, first reported by Bloomberg …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
More: 9to5Google
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 Vox
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 …
Samsung Tomorrow:
Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear devices begin selling in 125 countries  —  Samsung Brings Galaxy S5 and New Gear Devices to Global Market  —  Summary:  —  ·The new Galaxy S5 and the Samsung Gear devices - Samsung Gear 2, Samsung Gear 2 Neo, and Samsung Gear Fit - are ready to hit …
TechCrunch:
Box Debuts ‘Box Open Source’ To Share Its Internal Tools With The Larger Developer World  —  Box today unveiled a new initiative called Box Open Source for sharing its own homegrown open source engineering tools with the larger programming community.  —  The project was announced this afternoon …
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 …
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.

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