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April 14, 2014, 11:15 AM

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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 …
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).
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?
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.
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.

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