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April 17, 2014, 12:10 AM

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Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Marissa Mayer's Secret Plan to Get Apple to Dump Google and Default to Yahoo Mobile Search  —  Wall Street gave Yahoo stock a big boost today — largely due to the stellar quarterly performance of China's Alibaba, in which the Silicon Valley Internet giant has a big stake.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Why Yahoo's Not Going To Steal The Search Default For iPhone Away From Google  —  Apparently Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer wants to be the default search for Apple's Safari browser on iPhone and iPad and has been preparing to make a solid pitch.  Well, we all want things we can't have …
Tweets: @jyarow
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.
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Google Says Buying Nest Bogged Down First-Quarter Earnings  —  It turns out buying a company for $3.2 billion can suck the wind out of even a $15.4-billion-in-revenue quarter.  The Nest acquisition took a toll on Google expenses, explained Google CFO Patrick Pichette on the company's first-quarter earnings call today.
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple is planning to integrate song-identification into iOS 8, in partnership with Shazam  —  Apple Said to Prepare Song-ID Feature for IPhone Software  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) wants to help you name that tune.  —  The company is planning to unveil a song-discovery feature in an update …
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.
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 …
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 …
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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 …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Online Dating Site Zoosk Files For $100M IPO, With $178M In Revenues And A $2.6M Net Loss In 2013  —  Online dating site Zoosk just filed its S-1 registration statement with the SEC, announcing its plans to raise $100 million in an initial public offering.  The company, which has offers …
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.
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.

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Microsoft:
5 mind-bending facts about quantum computing  —  In GIF form, five of the most mind-bending things scientists have learned about life on an atomic and sub-atomic level.
Freshdesk:
How to not sound like a robot in your email notifications?  —  Your notifications don't have to be just notifications.  They can be another opportunity to charm your customers and to keep them hooked.  Learn how.
VMware:
Your Grandfather's Backup Tools Weren't Built for Today's Virtual Environments.  —  When the health of your business rides on the availability of your virtual machines and the applications they run …
Zoho:
The customer service lessons we must all learn from that Comcast call  —  By now, you've probably heard the call that hijacked the Internet last week.  If not, let me warn you.  It is painful - incredibly painful.
Pure Storage:
2014: Pure, EMC, HP, and Violin all Up Their Games  —  The past few months have seen bold announcements from EMC, HP, Violin, and of course Pure Storage, the net result of which is that the market has changed and moved forward appreciably.
 

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