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April 14, 2014, 9:05 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview now available to download  —  Windows Phone 8.1 now available to download  —  After 18 months since the last major Windows Phone update, Microsoft is finally releasing Windows Phone 8.1 to developers today.  The software maker detailed the update …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Windows Phone 8.1 review: a magnificent smartphone platform  —  It's a 0.1 update that feels like a 2.0 update.  —  For the growing number of Windows Phone users, Windows Phone 8 was a frustrating release.  The major difference between Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8 was invisible to end users …
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
FRED WILSON Q&A: The Legendary Investor Talks Retirement, Tumblr's Exit, And Getting Over A Tough Year  —  It took Fred Wilson 10 years to become what he calls a “half-way decent” venture capitalist.  It took him 20 to become a startup legend.  —  Lately, rumors have swirled that the Zynga …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
As phone designs homogenize, some manufacturers experiment with unused rear space  —  Phones Go Back To The Future  —  I'm no fan of LG's rear smartphone control keys — but turns out the company had its finger on the pulse of looming hardware disruption when it ushered in those backside smartphone controls last summer, with the G2.
David Carr / New York Times:
Content creators are skeptical of Yahoo's plans to produce high-quality television  —  Yahoo Rolls the Dice on TV  —  Yahoo, a company that seems like a permanent adolescent in search of an identity, is about to try a new persona: high-quality television programmer.

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