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April 14, 2014, 12:05 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.
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).
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Free of the desire to do the right thing, highest-paid CEO Larry Ellison does what he wants  —  Still No. 1, and Doing What He Wants  —  It is good to be the king.  It is even better to be Larry Ellison.  —  Most of us spend much of our lives thinking that we should do the right thing …
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 …
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Akamai admits its OpenSSL patch was faulty, reissues keys  —  Akamai Technologies, whose network handles up to 30 percent of all Internet traffic, said Sunday a researcher found a fault in custom code that the company thought shielded most of its customers from the Heartbleed bug.
Richard Padilla / MacRumors:
Alpine Planning to Release Aftermarket CarPlay Console This Fall  —  Car electronics manufacturer Alpine will begin selling a standalone aftermarket console that will support Apple's CarPlay vehicle integration feature, reports Japanese business newspaper Nikkei.
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?

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