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April 15, 2014, 3:25 PM

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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Amazon's 4.7-inch 720p smartphone to have glasses-free 3D UI, four head-tracking infrared cameras  —  This is Amazon's smartphone  —  BGR gives the world an exclusive first look at the unannounced smartphone Amazon is set to debut in the coming months  —  After years of development …
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Smartphone To Feature Unique But Limited 3D Effects  —  TechCrunch has learned that Amazon's upcoming flagship smartphone, running a forked version of Android, will have head-tracking capabilities offering up limited 3D effects.  This key feature will be reserved to just a few built-in gestures …
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 …
Jon Gertner / Fast Company:
Inside Google X: lab reveals it experimented with space elevators and hoverboards  —  The Truth About Google X: An Exclusive Look Behind The Secretive Lab's Closed Doors  —  Astro Teller is sharing a story about something bad.  Or maybe it's something good.  At Google X, it's sometimes hard to know the difference.
Ben Grubb / Sydney Morning Herald:
Heartbleed disclosure timeline: who knew what and when  —  Ever since the “Heartbleed” flaw in encryption protocol OpenSSL was made public on April 7 in the US there have been various questions about who knew what and when.  Fairfax Media has spoken to various people and groups involved and has compiled the below timeline.
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 …
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Teardown Shows Samsung's Galaxy S5 Costs About $256 to Build  —  The Galaxy S5, Samsung's new flagship smartphone, costs about $256 to build according to a teardown analysis by market research firm IHS that will be published later today.  —  Released over the weekend, and winning praise …
Jack Purcher / Patent Bolt:
Google Invents Micro Camera System for Future Contact Lenses  —  Last month Google surprised the market with a new wearable Glass off-shoot project relating to future smart contact lenses.  Our report that was titled “Google Takes their Glass Vision to Smart Contact Lenses,” …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Building blocks: how Project Ara is reinventing the smartphone  —  A handful of Google engineers and designers are building a phone the DARPA way  —  In a spare, drab office park in Sunnyvale, California, a bunch of two-by-fours and foamboard have been nailed together into a makeshift model of a shipping container.
Evelyn M. Rusli / Wall Street Journal:
AngelList's Newest Experiment: a $25 Million Fund to Invest in Angel Investors  —  A new experiment in startup funding could have widespread ramifications for the way venture capitalists place bets on young companies.  —  On Tuesday, crowdsourced fundraising site AngelList unveiled a new fund …
Tom Lavell / Bloomberg:
Zebra Technologies to buy Motorola's enterprise business for $3.45B  —  Zebra to Buy Motorola Solutions Unit for $3.45 Billion  —  Zebra Technologies Corp. (ZBRA) will acquire the enterprise business of Motorola Solutions Inc. (MSI) for $3.45 billion, adding mobile computing …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft launches Office 365 Personal subscription: One PC/Mac and one tablet for $69.99/year or $6.99/month  —  Microsoft today launched its Office 365 Personal subscription, a cheaper alternative that is limited to just two devices: one PC or Mac and one tablet.
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 …
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.
Klint Finley / Wired:
Tails: the privacy-focused Linux version Snowden, Greenwald, and Poitras used to communicate  —  Out in the Open: Inside the Operating System Edward Snowden Used to Evade the NSA  —  When NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden first emailed Glenn Greenwald, he insisted on using email encryption software called PGP for all communications.
More: Gizmodo UK
Reuters:
Exclusive: Turmoil at Symantec luring activists, buyers - sources  —  (Reuters) - The abrupt firing of Symantec Corp Chief Executive Officer Steve Bennett last month is attracting activist investors and private equity firms to the U.S. security software maker, in a development that could potentially lead …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Toshiba's first 4K laptop arrives next week for $1,500  —  After launching its first 4K laptop in the UK, Toshiba has just announced US availability.  It'll be the P55T rather than the P50T, but as before, it's a 15.6-inch laptop with a 3,840 x 2,160 pixels resolution — a staggering 282 PPI, if you're scoring at home.

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