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April 20, 2014, 8:00 PM

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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
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Facebook Launching Mobile Ad Network At F8 Conference  —  Lots of people have wanted Facebook to build an ad network for a long time.  —  Here it comes.  Facebook will take the wraps off its plans for a mobile ad network at its “F8″ developer conference in San Francisco at the end of the month …
David Auerbach / n+1:
Former MSN Messenger Service developer recounts battle to reverse engineer AIM's chat protocol  —  Chat Wars  —  In the summer of 1998 I graduated from college and went to work as a programmer at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington.  I was put on the group that was building MSN Messenger Service, Microsoft's instant messaging app.
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
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
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.
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 …

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