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April 22, 2014, 12:05 AM

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Chris Wanstrath / GitHub:
GitHub founder Tom Preston-Werner resigns after investigation finds errors of judgment but no gender-based harassment  —  Results of the GitHub Investigation  —  Last month, a number of allegations were made against GitHub and some of its employees, including one of its co-founders, Tom Preston-Werner.
Tom Preston-Werner:
Tom Preston-Werner moving on to an immersive computing startup, warns of action against “further false claims”  —  Farewell GitHub, Hello Immersive Computing  —  Today is my last day at GitHub.  Recent events have given me a lot of time to reflect on what's important to me …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Netflix to raise prices for new members $1-2 this quarter, existing members will stay at current pricing “for a generous time period”  —  Netflix will raise streaming prices for new members this quarter  —  New Netflix subscribers could soon be forced to pay a bit …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Apple Interviewing Job Candidates for Mobile Payments Push  —  Apple has been interviewing senior payments industry executives to push ahead on a plan to build an electronic payments business, according to two people familiar with the process.  —  The company has been meeting with potential applicants …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
AT&T copies Google, names 100 cities where it could offer gigabit fiber  —  Two months after Google announced that it will try to bring fiber Internet to 34 cities in nine metro areas, AT&T today said it will “expand its ultra-fast fiber network to up to 100 candidate cities and municipalities nationwide …
Brad Smith / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to complete acquisition of Nokia Devices and Services business on Friday  —  The Nokia Devices and Services acquisition close date  —  The following post is from Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Airbnb Scrubs Thousands Of Listings From ‘Bad Actor’ Hosts Ahead Of NY Subpoena Hearing  —  In preparation for oral arguments being held in its New York subpoena case tomorrow, Airbnb is eliminating dozens of listings on its site from hosts who have been accused of being bad actors and running illegal hotel operations on the platform.
Steven Levy / Wired:
Apple Aims to Shrink Its Carbon Footprint With New Data Centers  —  On a stunning cloudless day in the Nevada desert, Lisa Jackson stands with her back to an array of advanced solar cells, peering across a low chain link fence at NV Energy's Fort Churchill Power Generating plant just a few hundred yards away.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Netflix opposes Comcast-TWC merger over ‘anticompetitive’ concerns  —  Netflix has come out in opposition of Comcast's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable, writing in a letter to shareholders that the merger would give the combined service provider “even more anticompetitive leverage” …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Judge invalidates two Intellectual Ventures patents, ending lawsuit against Capital One before jury trial  —  For world's biggest troll, first patent case ends up in tatters  —  Intellectual Ventures founder Nathan Myhrvold reads Slashdot.  —  Intellectual Ventures
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Samsung expert: Apple should get only $38.4M for infringement, not $2.2B  —  Assuming Samsung infringed Apple's five patents, Apple should receive $1.75 per device in royalties, not the $40 Apple has requested, a Samsung expert argues.  Samsung rested its case after the expert testimony.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Google is researching ways to make encryption easier to use in Gmail  —  Above: A photo composition of National Security Agency headquarters in Maryland, U.S.  —  In response to Edward Snowden's mass surveillance revelations, Google is working to make complex encryption tools, such as PGP, easier to use in Gmail.
John McDuling / Quartz:
Why the music industry is trying—and failing—to crush Pandora  —  This year marks the 15th anniversary of the launch of Napster, the file sharing service that disrupted the music business and conditioned a generation of consumers to expect to be able to listen to their favorite songs for free.
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
AdRoll Raises $70M Led By Foundation As Ad Tech And Retargeting Hit The Big Time  —  AdRoll, a pioneer of online advertising retargeting (the technology that pushes you ads for products that you have viewed online previously), is today announcing a major round of funding: $70 million …

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