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April 17, 2014, 2:55 PM

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Kelton Lynn / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter launches mobile app install ads, integrates MoPub ad-buying  —  A new way to promote mobile apps to 1 billion devices, both on and off-Twitter  —  We are excited to announce new ways for marketers and developers to drive app installs and app engagements using our new mobile app promotion suite …
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
Twitter Goes After a Facebook Cash Cow  —  Sometimes the rivalry between Twitter and Facebook is like a children's game of copycat.  Facebook copied Twitter's hashtags and trending topics.  Twitter copied Facebook's profile page design and automatic display of images in the feed.
More: The Next WebTweets: @sacca and @betajames
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches “Nearby Friends” With Opt-In Real-Time Location Sharing To Help You Meet Up  —  Today Facebook begins rolling out a new opt-in feature called Nearby Friends.  It lets friends see approximately how far away you are from them, and you can share your exact, on-going location with them for a limited time.
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 …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
RunKeeper's new Breeze app tracks every step you take  —  RunKeeper is one of the most popular run-tracking apps for the iPhone, and today it's launching a new app called Breeze to take count of how much you're walking around too.  The app works only on the iPhone 5S and is based around …
Wall Street Journal:
Drop in Tech Stocks Hits Startup Funding  —  Venture Capital, IPO Investors Get Cautious About Silicon Valley  —  Tech stocks have taken a pounding over the past month, putting pressure on the ecosystem for financing startups and taking them public.  —  The market's recent downturn …
Tweets: @wsjgraphics
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.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Aereo Launches ProtectMyAntenna.org To Explain Its Position Vs. Broadcasters  —  Aereo is about to present its case to the U.S. Supreme Court, but first it wants to present its case to you.  Today, the startup launched ProtectMyAntenna.org, a website designed to inform its users about Aereo's tech …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Samsung And Amazon Team Up For Custom Galaxy Kindle E-Book App  —  So much for trashing the Kindle.  Today Samsung is announcing a new app, Kindle for Samsung, created in partnership with Amazon, that will let Galaxy device users using Android 4.0 and up, starting with the Galaxy S5 …
Christopher Mims / Quartz:
Amazon and Google are in an epic battle to dominate the cloud—and Amazon may already have won  —  In technology, it's sometimes good to let a pioneer figure out the pitfalls of a new market.  Apple's iPod transformed music listening after countless lesser MP3 players failed to make a real dent.
Tweets: @mcwellons
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Eye-Fi Cloud backs up every photo, no matter what you use to take it  —  The SD card maker branches out into cloud storage  —  Seamlessly backing up your photos and making them easily shareable seems to be the dream for cloud storage services.  Dropbox and Google have put a lot of effort …
Russ Garland / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Venture Capital Investment Highest Since 2001  —  Venture capital investment continued to trend upwards in the first quarter of 2014 with $10.74 billion raised by U.S. based companies, up 18% from the fourth quarter of last year and the most raised since the first three months of 2001.
More: TechCrunch and VatorNewsTweets: @djventurewire and @alexdc
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
LG releases open source Connect SDK, wants every TV to behave like Chromecast  —  Mobile app developers just got a bit of a break when it comes to bringing their content to the TV screen, courtesy of LG: The consumer electronics maker released an open source Connect SDK Thursday …
More: 9to5Mac and The Verge
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Lending Club Raises $115 Million, Acquires Springstone Financial for $140 Million  —  Lending Club, the online market that connects borrowers looking for loans with individuals with the money to fund them, has acquired Springstone Financial for about $140 million in cash and stock, the company said this morning.
Bobby Burch / bizjournals:
Google Fiber picks Kansas City to test Internet service for small businesses  —  Google Fiber picks KC to test business service  —  The Google Fiber bunny is finally hopping closer to Kansas City businesses.  —  After nearly two years of insisting they “hang in there,” …
Carlos Hernández / Google Research Blog:
How the Lens Blur mode in Google's new Camera app simulates shallow depth of field  —  Lens Blur in the new Google Camera app  —  One of the biggest advantages of SLR cameras over camera phones is the ability to achieve shallow depth of field effects (also known as bokeh).
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Nokia suspends Lumia 2520 tablet sales in Europe due to safety concerns over faulty charger  —  Nokia suspends Lumia 2520 tablet sales due to electric shock risk  —  Nokia has suspended sales of its Lumia 2520 tablet in the UK, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, and Switzerland after discovering a fault with its charger.
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.

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