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April 15, 2014, 8:20 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 …
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 …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung and Carriers Back Anti-Theft Measures for Smartphones  —  With several states and municipalities considering various mandatory “kill-switch” laws for mobile devices, the wireless industry announced a voluntary commitment to include new anti-theft technology on phones starting next year.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Yahoo's Q1 Earnings as Meh as Expected, But China's Alibaba Doing Great!  —  Yahoo pretty much came in on target in the first quarter with what Wall Street had been expecting, earning 38 cents a share on $1.087 billion in revenue.  Minus traffic acquisition costs, that meant a pretty weak one percent increase in revenue.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Announces New Tools Bringing The Cloud To The Internet Of Things, Uniting Hadoop And SQL  —  This morning in San Francisco, Microsoft announced several new data-focused tools in front of a cadre of customers and partners, not to mention a decent-sized grouping of press.
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 …
Erin Griffith / Fortune:
Exclusive: Automattic seeking to raise more than $100 million  —  The round will value the company behind WordPress.com at north of $1 billion.  —  FORTUNE — Automattic, the company that runs blogging platforms WordPress.com and WordPress VIP, is out raising between $100 million and $150 million …
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 …
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 …
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,” …
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.

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