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April 15, 2014, 8:45 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 …
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
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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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,” …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
LaCie's online store was compromised for nearly a year, exposing credit cards and contact info  —  Hardware Giant LaCie Acknowledges Year-Long Credit Card Breach  —  Computer hard drive maker LaCie has acknowledged that a hacker break-in at its online store exposed credit card numbers …
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.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Google debuts iPhone app for its Helpouts learning and tutorial service  —  Google has added yet another app to its collection of iPhone apps today.  This time it's Google Helpouts, which connects users over its Hangouts service to experts knowledgeable in a specific subject for tutoring.
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.

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