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April 21, 2014, 11:00 AM

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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple and Google offer promotional boost to games in exchange for exclusivity  —  Apple, Google Vie to Offer Exclusive Game Apps  —  The Battle for Mobile Dominance Is Spreading to the Most Lucrative Genre of Apps: Videogames  —  A long-running battle between Apple Inc. and Google Inc …
Wall Street Journal:
Square discussed possible sale to Google, Apple, and PayPal, recorded loss of $100M in 2013  —  Mobile-Payments Startup Square Discusses Possible Sale  —  Company Faces Wider Loss, Less Cash; Google Considered Potential Acquisition  —  With losses widening and cash shrinking …
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 …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Case preview: Supreme Court to hear oral arguments from Aereo and broadcasters on Tuesday  —  Argument preview: Free TV, at a bargain price?  —  At 11 a.m. next Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hold one hour of oral argument on copyright issues surrounding a new technology for Internet streaming …
Erin Griffith / Fortune:
Birchbox raises $60M in Series B round, values beauty e-commerce company at $485M  —  Exclusive: Birchbox banks $60 million  —  The Series B round values the beauty ecommerce company at $485 million.  —  FORTUNE — Two years ago, “stuff in a box” was all the rage among startups.
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Steven Levy / Wired:
Apple Tries to Clean Up Its Carbon-Spewing Ways 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 years away.

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