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April 15, 2014, 8:35 AM

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Vicious Heartbleed bug bites millions of Android phones, other devices  —  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Image Library via Wikipedia  —  The catastrophic Heartbleed security bug that has already bitten Yahoo Mail, the Canada Revenue Agency …
Kwame Opam / The Verge:
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Google buys Titan Aerospace, the maker of high-altitude drones Facebook was considering  —  Google Buys Drone Maker Courted by Facebook  —  Internet Giant to Acquire Titan Aerospace  —  Google Inc. said Monday it agreed to buy Titan Aerospace, a startup maker of high-altitude drones …
Rene Ritchie / iMore:
Windows Phone 8.1 natively supports Apple Passbook data, an unannounced feature Apple may want to stop  —  Apple's Passbook passes are being used by Windows Phone 8.1 and Microsoft Wallet  —  When Apple introduced Passbook in iOS 6 they billed it as a way to store all your tickets, coupons …
Mitchell Baker / The Mozilla Blog:
Greylock's Chris Beard joins Mozilla's Board of Directors, becomes interim CEO  —  Mozilla Moving Forward  —  Mozilla finds itself in the midst of an unexpected leadership transition.  Along with my fellow board members Reid Hoffman and Katharina Borchert, I am pleased to announce …
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
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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 …
Joe McKendrick / ZDNet:
Soon, cloud capacity will be available in a spot market  —  Summary: Infrastructure as a Service marketplace will enable organizations to acquire IaaS cycles, as well as potentially sell excess capacity.  —  In a few months, it may be possible to buy cloud infrastructure capacity on an open market …
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 …
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
FCC plans to reserve up to a third of licenses for small wireless carriers in spectrum auction  —  Bidding Rules Becoming Clearer for Upcoming Airwaves Auction  —  Federal officials plan to reserve up to a third of licenses sold in a TV airwaves auction next year for smaller wireless carriers under …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft makes Office Online available in Chrome Web Store  —  Summary: Microsoft is making the Web versions of its Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote apps available to users through the Chrome Web Store.  —  Microsoft's Office Online — the Webified and free versions of Word, Excel …
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
David Fincher pulls out of talks to direct Sony Pictures' Steve Jobs film  —  David Fincher Out of Steve Jobs Movie in $10 Million Fee Fight (Exclusive)  —  The director was negotiating with Sony to reteam with “The Social Network” writer Aaron Sorkin and producer Scott Rudin.
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Google considering giving a boost in its search-engine results to websites that use encryption  —  Google May Push Sites to Use Encryption  —  A powerful voice at Google wants websites to be more secure.  —  In a move that experts say could make it harder to spy on Web users …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Amazon Says No to Accepting Bitcoin, Maybe to Building an Amex or Visa Competitor  —  Like bitcoin?  Like Amazon?  Want to use bitcoin to buy stuff from Amazon?  —  I have some bad news for you.  Not going to happen anytime soon.  —  “Obviously it gets a lot of press and we have considered it …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Did Microsoft just kill its anti-Google ‘Scroogled’ campaign?  —  Summary: A Microsoft Corporate Vice President claims Microsoft is ‘done’ with its ‘Scroogled’ campaign.  But is the company really Scroogled out?  —  Has Microsoft quietly done away with its anti-Google “Scroogled” campaign?

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