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April 20, 2014, 6:35 PM

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James Temple / Re/code:
Nike Denies FuelBand Shutdown, but Layoffs Could Reveal New Cracks in Wearables Market  —  Nike confirmed a “small number” of layoffs in its digital sports division, but attempted to tamp down a CNET report late Friday that said the company was shuttering the hardware side of its FuelBand team.
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Dorinda Elliott / Fast Company:
Tencent: the Chinese internet giant founded by Ma “Pony” Huateng guns for global expansion  —  Tencent: The Secretive, Chinese Tech Giant That Can Rival Facebook and Amazon  —  China's most powerful Internet company is headquartered in a bland, glassy tower in southern Shenzhen.
More: The Next WebTweets: @ashleymayer
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Aereo's CEO on the future of Netflix, TV sports and the public airwaves  —  In 2012, Chet Kanojia set out to take on TV's goliaths with a slingshot full of tiny antennas, but he never imagined things would go so far so fast.  Aereo, the start-up he created, is going before the Supreme Court …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Inside Nokia's effort to build a detailed, three-dimensional “HD Map” for self-driving cars  —  Inside the Nokia HERE HD Maps putting Google on notice  —  Where exactly am I?  That's the question Nokia is facing, not in its position following the Microsoft deal that will see it shed …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
What Does the Recent Tech Stock Downturn Mean?  The Truth Is Nobody Knows.  —  In his new book on high-frequency trading, “Flash Boys,” Michael Lewis opens with the very simple premise he gleaned from watching the stock market crash in October of 1987:  —  “If you ever needed proof …
More: Trends and Beyond SearchTweets: @tonyromm and @trengriffin
Christina Tynan-Wood / ITworld:
Detroit's tech job growth nearly double the national average, fueled by car industry hires  —  By the numbers: Detroit offers a bright future for technology professionals  —  Metro Detroit's tech job growth was nearly 2x the national average in recent years
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Sony Xperia Z2 review: a big, powerful slab of a phone  —  It's been nearly three years since I reviewed the Xperia Neo, manufactured by what was then Sony Ericsson.  The Neo represented just the second generation of Xperia phones running on Android, from a period when Sony was finding …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Analyst consensus is that quarterly iPad sales might decline slightly compared to last year  —  How many iPads did Apple sell last quarter?  —  The analysts' estimates range from 15 million to nearly 22 million.  Average: 19.3 million.  —  FORTUNE —Although the heyday of the iPad …
Rod Boshart / Quad City Times:
Microsoft brings $1.13 billion data center to Iowa  —  DES MOINES — Central Iowa is emerging as an economic magnet for high-tech data centers, state and local leaders declared Friday after plans were unveiled for global computer giant Microsoft to phase in a $1.13 billion regional data center over the next four to five years.

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