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April 17, 2014, 10:25 AM

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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.
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 …
More: Good E-Reader and UbergizmoTweets: @jyarow
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 …
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.
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).
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
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.
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,” …
Vinay Shet / Google Online Security Blog:
Google's latest street number recognition algorithm can solve 99% of its own reCAPTCHA puzzles  —  Street View and reCAPTCHA technology just got smarter  —  Have you ever wondered how Google Maps knows the exact location of your neighborhood coffee shop?  Or of the hotel you're staying at next month?
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 …
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.
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.
Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
Time Warner Cable bets big on easy and secure Wi-Fi, rolling out Hotspot 2.0 networkwide  —  Time Warner Cable has turned on the Hotspot 2. capabilities across its public Wi-Fi network, letting customers with newer smartphones or tablets connect to its 33,000-node wireless network without entering passwords …
Tweets: @gigaomThanks:@kfitchard
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 …
Reuters:
Weibo cuts IPO size amid selloff in technology stocks  —  (Reuters) - China's Weibo Corp, a Twitter-like messaging service company, raised a less-than-expected $286 million after it cut the size of its U.S. initial public offering amid a selloff in technology shares and concerns about slowing user growth.
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 …

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