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April 13, 2014, 6:35 PM

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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Obama Lets N.S.A. Exploit Some Internet Flaws, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — Stepping into a heated debate within the nation's intelligence agencies, President Obama has decided that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in Internet security, it should — in most circumstances …
Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
Private crypto keys are accessible to Heartbleed hackers, new data shows  —  Contrary to previous suspicions, it is possible for hackers exploiting the catastrophic vulnerability dubbed Heartbleed to extract private encryption keys from vulnerable websites, Web services firm Cloudflare reported Saturday.
Julian Sanchez / Guardian:
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 …
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Graphene: the strong, thin, flexible conductor that could change the electronics industry  —  Bend It, Charge It, Dunk It: Graphene, the Material of Tomorrow  —  I just want to say one word to you.  Just one word.  —  No, fans of “The Graduate,” the word isn't “plastics.”  —  It's “graphene.”
Kyle Russell / Business Insider:
A BI reporter whose Google Glass was stolen off his face in SF on Friday reflects on the city's tech protests  —  I Was Assaulted For Wearing Google Glass In The Wrong Part Of San Francisco  —  On Friday night, I was assaulted while walking down the sidewalk in the Mission District of San Francisco.
Zoran Basich / Wall Street Journal:
Andreessen warns companies of “abusive” renegotiation tactics by non-Silicon Valley PE firms  —  Andreessen: Beware Non-Silicon Valley Investors Bearing High Valuations  —  Marc Andreessen and his firm Andreessen Horowitz are advising their portfolio companies to be …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Jeff Bezos is making payments a top area of focus and investment at Amazon  —  Jeff Bezos to Amazon Payments Team: Move Faster  —  The payments industry has been waiting for years for Amazon, with its 215 million credit cards on file, to flex its muscles.  Apparently, CEO Jeff Bezos has been, too.
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Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
A look at Facebook's behind-the-scenes hardware operation, which helped draw Oculus  —  Facebook's Hardware Push Behind the Scenes Draws Oculus  —  Hidden away in Building 17 of Facebook Inc.'s headquarters is a 170-person team that's toiling away on products not usually associated with a social-networking company: hardware.

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