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April 16, 2014, 4:35 PM

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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Q&A with Zuckerberg about Facebook unbundling, anonymity, acquisitions, and innovation  —  Can Facebook Innovate?  A Conversation With Mark Zuckerberg  —  For my column this week about Facebook's new approach to creating social apps, I spent some time talking to Mark E. Zuckerberg, the company's co-founder and chief executive.
Reuters:
Samsung plans to launch Tizen smartphones in Q2 and an Android Wear smartwatch later this year  —  Samsung executive says Galaxy S5 to outsell S4, sees second quarter rollout for Tizen phone  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's new Galaxy S5 smartphone should outsell its predecessor …
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Google Misses in Q1 With Revenue Of $15.42B, EPS Of $6.27 As Its Cost-Per-Click Fell 9%  —  Following the bell, Google reported its first quarter financial performance, including revenue of $12.20 billion excluding traffic acquisition costs (ex-TAC), $15.42 billion including those costs, and earnings per share of $6.27.
iFixit:
Google Project Tango smartphone prototype teardown  —  Project Tango Teardown  —  It's 2014 and the future is now.  Google's engineers have been hard at work bringing the virtual to reality with projects like Google Glass, and their newest 3D mapping tech, Project Tango.
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Study: 37% of the roughly 781M games owned on Steam have not been played once  —  Introducing Steam Gauge: Ars reveals Steam's most popular games  —  Right now, I can tell you that about 37 percent of the roughly 781 million games registered to various Steam accounts haven't even been loaded a single time.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Google's new Android Camera app arrives on Google Play Store  —  Following a report at the beginning of this month that Google was about to release a new, standalone Android camera app, today the app has officially made an appearance on the Google Play Store.
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:
Jasper Raises $50M at $1 Billion-Plus Valuation For Internet Of Things  —  Jasper has raised $50 million in funding at a valuation of more than $1 billion for software that enables objects of all types—autos, baby pajamas, airplane engines and so on—to communicate in what has lately become known as the Internet of Things.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Spotify Starts Shutting Down Its Massive P2P Network  —  When Spotify launched its first beta in the fall of 2008, we branded it “an alternative to music piracy.”  —  With the option to stream millions of tracks supported by an occasional ad, or free of ads for a small subscription fee …
Joe Silver / Ars Technica:
Lavabit held in contempt of court for printing crypto key in tiny font [Updated]  —  Ladar Levison.  —  Photo by Gage Skidmore  —  A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a contempt of court ruling against Ladar Levison and his now-defunct encrypted e-mail service provider, Lavabit LLC …
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft slashes Windows XP custom support prices just days before axing public patches  —  Reduces after-retirement support costs for large enterprises as much as 95%  —  Just days before Microsoft retired Windows XP from public support, the company drastically reduced the price …
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
Google says ‘all Glass spots claimed’ after one day sale, as KitKat rolls out  —  Summary: Google reckons its Glass Explorer club has reached capacity after the company opened it up to the public for one day only, but it's staying mum on numbers.  —  Liam Tung
Vinay Shet / Google Online Security Blog:
Google's latest street number recognition algorithm can solve 99% of its own reCAPTCHA puzzles  —  Street View and reCAPTCHA technology just got smarter  —  Have you ever wondered how Google Maps knows the exact location of your neighborhood coffee shop?  Or of the hotel you're staying at next month?
Wall Street Journal:
Mt. Gox gives up plan to rebuild under bankruptcy protection, files for liquidation  —  Mt. Gox Files for Liquidation  —  Defunct Bitcoin Exchange Gives Up On Plan to Rebuild  —  Defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has given up its plan to rebuild under bankruptcy protection and has asked …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Photo-Sharing App Frontback Comes To Android  —  Frontback just released the Android version of its popular photo-sharing app.  Previously, the app was only available on iOS.  But even with just the iPhone app, the app was downloaded one million times over the past eight months.

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