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April 14, 2014, 2:08 PM

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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 …
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 …
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET:
Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now: An early look at how Cortana stacks up (hands-on)  —  Can Windows Phone's new voice-activated assistant stand up to Siri and Google Now?  We put an early version to the test.  —  The iPhone has Siri.  Android has Google Now.  And Windows Phone now has Cortana.
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Google considering giving a boost in its search-engine results to websites that use encryption  —  Google May Push Sites to Use Encryption  —  A powerful voice at Google wants websites to be more secure.  —  In a move that experts say could make it harder to spy on Web users …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Early internal document reveals Android was initially designed without touchscreen support  —  Here's What Android Looked Like Before the iPhone  —  One of the more interesting documents that came to light during the Apple-Samsung document last week was an early internal Google document …
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
Facebook is reportedly prepping an e-money service, and is close to getting approval in Ireland  —  Facebook wants to be more than a social network — it is planning to facilitate financial services in the form of electronic money and remittances, the Financial Times reports (as spotted first by Benedict Evans).
Wall Street Journal:
Google buys Titan Aerospace, the maker of high-altitude drones Facebook was considering  —  Google snaps up drone maker Titan Aerospace, which Facebook sought to buy.  —  Google has agreed to buy Titan Aerospace, a U.S. maker of aerial drones that Facebook had been in talks to acquire.
Kwame Opam / The Verge:
Heartbleed bug responsible for theft of 900 Canadian tax ID numbers  —  Canada's taxpayers may be the first victims of the Heartbleed bug that put the web on high alert last week.  According to the Canada Revenue Agency, 900 social insurance numbers (SINs) were stolen by hackers exploiting the security vulnerability.
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
A profile of Benchmark venture capitalist Richard Barton  —  The Art of ‘Something From Nothing’  —  SEATTLE — Entrepreneurs are lucky to have one big score.  Richard Barton has had a string of them, by repeatedly asking the same simple question: What piece of marketplace information do people crave and don't have?
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Kleiner Perkins raising $1.2 billion for new funds  —  Kleiner Perkins raising new early-stage and digital growth funds.  —  FORTUNE — Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers last week unveiled its new fundraising plans, at a meeting of the venture capital firm's limited partners.
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
As Lockup Date Looms, Twitter Says Its Big Shareholders Aren't Selling Anytime Soon  —  As an important date for Twitter shareholders looms, the company's top brass wants Wall Street to know one thing: They're in it for the long haul.  —  Dick Costolo, Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey …

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