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April 16, 2014, 6:10 AM

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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.
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 …
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.
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET:
Google targeting Project Ara modular phone for January 2015  —  The company wants a base “gray phone” model of its Project Ara modular smartphone available by early next year.  —  Google's Project Ara project coordinator David Fishman and team leader Paul Eremenko  —  Seth Rosenblatt/CNET
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.
Reuters:
New CEO Nadella pushes data culture at Microsoft  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp needs a “data culture” to thrive in the new computing environment, according to chief executive Satya Nadella, in his third public appearance in three weeks putting his imprint on the software company.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
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 …
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Play Still Tops iOS App Store Downloads, And Now Narrowing Revenue Gap, Too  —  Android's position as the most dominant smartphone platform worldwide is also having an impact on mobile app download growth, and now, increasing revenue.  Google's app marketplace, Google Play …
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Investors Send Twitter Up 11.4% Following Gnip News, Adding $2.7B To Its Market Cap  —  Twitter had a massive day in the markets, soaring more than 11 percent following news this morning that it has acquired Gnip.  —  Gnip is a company that provides other firms with access to social media information streams.
Jana Messerschmidt / The Twitter Blog:
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,” …

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