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April 15, 2014, 12:50 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 …
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.
More: Digital Trends and The RegisterTweets: @stshankThanks:@bengrubb
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 …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Zebra's $3.45 billion enterprise Internet of things play: Cloud software will be the glue  —  Summary: Zebra buys Motorola Solutions' enterprise unit for $3.45 billion and risks indigestion.  Its Zatar cloud software will need to be the glue that binds the two businesses and delivers so-called synergies.
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 …
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.
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
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Mobile Control In The Cloud: ItsOn Raises $12.5M From Tenaya And Andreessen Horowitz  —  ItsOn, startup founded by alums from Qualcomm, Nokia and Yahoo that has developed a cloud-based mobile services platform that it sells as both a B2B and B2C product, is today confirming that it has raised …
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 …
Tweets: @kevinroose
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,” …
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.

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