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April 15, 2014, 10:10 AM

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Jana Messerschmidt / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter acquires social data provider Gnip, plans to offer more sophisticated data sets  —  Twitter welcomes Gnip to the flock  —  Every day Twitter users share and discuss their interests and what's happening in the world.  These public Tweets can reveal a wide variety of insights …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Vicious Heartbleed bug bites millions of Android phones, other devices  —  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Image Library via Wikipedia  —  The catastrophic Heartbleed security bug that has already bitten Yahoo Mail, the Canada Revenue Agency …
Thijs van As / Gmail Blog:
Gmail makes it easier to email photos automatically backed up from your smartphone  —  The photos from your phone, now one click away  —  Unless you're a budding Ansel Adams, odds are you take most of your photos using your phone.  And whether it's photos of your hiking trip or a night out …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
How Burrowing Owls Lead To Vomiting Anarchists (Or SF's Housing Crisis Explained)  —  A hearse rolls up to a Yahoo bus at the BART MacArthur Station in Oakland.  A protester who had climbed on top of the bus later vomited on the vehicle.  (From Indybay)  —  The Santa Clara Valley …
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Google's updated terms of service clarifies how emails are analyzed for targeting ads  —  Google unveils email scanning practices in new terms of service  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc updated its terms of service on Monday, informing users that their incoming and outgoing emails …
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Samsung exec at trial: marketing drove our sales; designer denies influence of slide-to-unlock  —  Samsung Designer Denies Apple Influence: “Absolutely Not”  —  Did Samsung steal its slide-to-unlock feature from Apple's smartphone software?  —  “Absolutely not,” said Samsung senior UI designer Youngmi Kim …
Wall Street Journal:
Google buys Titan Aerospace, the maker of high-altitude drones Facebook was considering  —  Google Buys Drone Maker Courted by Facebook  —  Internet Giant to Acquire Titan Aerospace  —  Google Inc. said Monday it agreed to buy Titan Aerospace, a startup maker of high-altitude drones …
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
FCC plans to reserve up to a third of licenses for small wireless carriers in spectrum auction  —  Bidding Rules Becoming Clearer for Upcoming Airwaves Auction  —  Federal officials plan to reserve up to a third of licenses sold in a TV airwaves auction next year for smaller wireless carriers under …
Jamie Condliffe / Gizmodo:
Anyone Can Buy Google Glass Today, Starting Now  —  If you've long lusted over a pair of the world's geekiest glasses, today all your Christmases come at once.  For one day only, Google is allowing any United States resident to buy Glass.  —  The folks at Mountain View still expect …
Devika Krishna Kumar / Reuters:
Mt. Gox founder won't appear in U.S. for questions about bankruptcy case  —  (Reuters) - Mark Karpeles, the founder of Mt. Gox, said he would not come to the United States to answer questions about the Japanese bitcoin exchange's U.S. bankruptcy case, Mt. Gox lawyers told a federal judge on Monday.
Rene Ritchie / iMore:
Windows Phone 8.1 natively supports Apple Passbook data, an unannounced feature Apple may want to stop  —  Apple's Passbook passes are being used by Windows Phone 8.1 and Microsoft Wallet  —  When Apple introduced Passbook in iOS 6 they billed it as a way to store all your tickets, coupons …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
YouTube using traditional advertising to promote star content creators  —  Exclusive Interview: Susan Wojcicki's Plan to Make YouTube ‘Stars’ Real-Life Famous  —  And Guaranteeing Audiences In Bid to Pry More TV Dollars Away In the Upfront  —  How Advertising Performs in a Social Media World
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Xbox One update rolling out with Kinect improvements and friend notifications  —  Microsoft seems to be improving its Xbox One software on a monthly basis, and April is no different.  Starting today, the software maker is rolling out its latest update to Xbox One consoles, bringing some new features and improvements along the way.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Fon Launches Gramofon, A Router With Facebook And Spotify Built-In  —  Today, crowd-sourced Wifi network operator Fon launches its rumoured new product, the Gramofon.  But unusually for a large tech company with healthy revenues, it's launched the product with 30-day crowd-funding campaign …
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
David Fincher pulls out of talks to direct Sony Pictures' Steve Jobs film  —  David Fincher Out of Steve Jobs Movie in $10 Million Fee Fight (Exclusive)  —  The director was negotiating with Sony to reteam with “The Social Network” writer Aaron Sorkin and producer Scott Rudin.
Joe McKendrick / ZDNet:
Soon, cloud capacity will be available in a spot market  —  Summary: Infrastructure as a Service marketplace will enable organizations to acquire IaaS cycles, as well as potentially sell excess capacity.  —  In a few months, it may be possible to buy cloud infrastructure capacity on an open market …

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