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April 17, 2014, 2:05 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.
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Dropbox acquires collaborative document tool Hackpad and photo sync app Loom  —  As It Becomes an App Platform, Dropbox Gobbles Up More Than One App Startup Per Month  —  Once a simple way to move stuff around between devices and people, Dropbox now wants to be a platform for apps that help people deal more deeply with that stuff.
More: TechCrunchTweets: @dmac1 and @jessicamckellar
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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: VatorNewsTweets: @alexdc
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Google I/O To Elevate Focus On Design  —  For Google to win, it needs to attract the best designers to its team and get beautiful third-party apps built for its platforms.  Yet right now it's Google's rival Apple and the iOS ecosystem that are known for their style.
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.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Line opens its ‘creators market’ to let you sell your own stickers on its messaging service  —  Few companies have done more to pioneer the concept of stickers than Line, and now the Japanese company is democratizing sticker production after it opened a marketplace where anyone can upload packs to sell via its messaging app.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Acquisitions Power Flickr's New Object Recognition Search, Editing And Video Capture  —  Today, Yahoo launches new Flickr app for Android (and iOS coming soon.)  They include the ability to shoot video in the apps, or upload it directly.  There is also better search …
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
AT&T Threatens Boycott if TV Airwaves Auction Rules Aren't Changed  —  At least one of the largest wireless carriers in the U.S. is unhappy about the Federal Communications Commission's new proposed rules for an upcoming auction of TV airwaves, which would reserve some licenses for smaller companies.
More: BGR, Reuters, Ars Technica, Bloomberg and CNETTweets: @zpower
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.
More: MediaNama and CNET

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