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April 16, 2014, 5:35 PM

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Google:
Google Inc. Announces First Quarter 2014 Results  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014.  —  “We completed another great quarter.  Google's revenue was $15.4 billion, up 19% year on year”, said Larry Page, CEO of Google.
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 …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
LG G3 launching this summer with 2560 x 1440 screen resolution, golden hue  —  LG will launch golden G3 with crazy resolution this summer  —  2560 x 1440 pixels in your front pocket  —  A third of the way into 2014, we already have new flagship phones from almost all the big Android handset makers …
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 bought 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.
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 …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
IBM's Q1 revenue disappoints, hardware whacked again  —  Summary: IBM is a work in progress for sure as only the software division delivered any growth.  Hardware remains a problem for Big Blue.  —  IBM's first quarter results highlighted how the company is still at the beginning point …
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.
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
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 …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft Bing rolls out personalized cards, integrated with Cortana, competing with Google Now and Siri  —  They're not calling it “Bing Now,” but a new service just announced by Microsoft will feel very familiar to some Google users.  “Starting today, we are unveiling a set of personalized cards …
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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Nermin Hajdarbegovic / CoinDesk:
Linguistic Researchers Name Nick Szabo as Author of Bitcoin Whitepaper  —  A group of forensic linguistics experts from Aston University believe the real creator of bitcoin is former law professor Nick Szabo.  —  This is not the first time Szabo has been outed as the ‘real’ Satoshi Nakamoto.

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