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April 17, 2014, 6:10 PM

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Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Dropbox acquires two more startups: 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 …
Jan Senderek / Loom:
Dropbox acquires Loom, will shut it down and migrate users to Carousel by May 16  —  Loom is joining Dropbox  —  We have some exciting news that we wanted to share with you.  Loom is now officially part of Dropbox, and we couldn't be happier to join forces!
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 …
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.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Grams, a Tor-accessible search engine for contraband, aims to be the Google of Dark Web  —  New ‘Google’ for the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy  —  The dark web just got a little less dark with the launch of a new search engine that lets you easily find illicit drugs and other contraband online.
More: TechSpot, The Verge, Gizmodo and SC MagazineTweets: @wired
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
GoogolPlex intercepts Siri commands, lets it control third-party apps like Spotify and Google Maps  —  College kids gave Siri new powers and now you can too  —  We already know Apple is working on improving Siri, but gosh dangit, the folks in Cupertino just aren't moving as fast as some would like.
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD beats earnings targets as game console-chip shipments remain strong — but earnings are down big  —  Advanced Micro Devices reported financial results that beat Wall Street earnings targets thanks to strong sales of game console chips.  —  The chip maker reported a non-GAAP net profit …
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 …
Bertel King, Jr / Android Police:
Unfinished ‘Easy Unlock’ Feature Creeps Into Chrome OS Dev  —  A new feature has snuck into the Chrome OS dev channel that, while not yet fully baked (okay, it's still mostly a block of ice), could one day allow users to unlock their Chromebooks automatically just by having their phone in close proximity.
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 …
Dogan News Agency:
After reaching a “consensus” with Twitter, Turkey's telecommunications agency will blur “malicious content” on the service  —  Twitter posts to be blurred to eliminate ‘malicious content,’ minister says … Turkey's telecommunication authority will pixelate Twitter posts …
More: MashableTweets: @nycjim
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.
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
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 …
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.

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