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April 12, 2014, 9:20 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 claim that they 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
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).
Boris Jabes / Meldium:
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 …
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 …
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft OS chief Myerson talks turkey on transparency, cadence and cross platform  —  Summary: Microsoft Executive Vice President of operating systems Terry Myerson talks about Windows' value proposition for the a more cross-platform-committed Microsoft.  —  Microsoft Executive Vice President …
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: iMore, Engadget and SlashGearTweets: @pkafka
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 …

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