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April 21, 2014, 2:35 PM

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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Settlement imminent in anti-poaching class action lawsuit against tech companies  —  In Silicon Valley Thriller, a Settlement May Preclude the Finale  —  SAN FRANCISCO — After years of legal skirmishes, four leading Silicon Valley companies are scheduled to go on trial next month on claims of conspiring to keep their employees down.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Fred Wilson Leads $23M Funding In CrowdRise, A ‘Charity Water’ For Everyone  —  How do charities and non-profits raise enough money for their causes?  Well, the normal route, that which needs to be “disrupted” if you will, means a lot of thousand dollar per-plate dinners …

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