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April 22, 2014, 1:05 PM

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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Amazon's phone requires tilt gestures to navigate apps and menus, can capture notes with OCR  —  EXCLUSIVE — BGR reveals everything you could possibly want to know about Amazon's smartphone!  —  An exclusive in-depth look at the unique software that will power Amazon's upcoming smartphones
David Pierce / The Verge:
Lytro's new Illum light-field camera targets professional photographers, costs $1599  —  Lytro changed photography.  Now can it get anyone to care?  —  An exclusive look at the company's new Illum camera  —  “Okay, can I take it out of the box now?”  —  Lytro product director Colvin Pitts wants …
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
AT&T creates $500M joint venture for a Netflix-style TV service  —  AT&T, the nation's second largest broadband provider and wireless company, is getting into the streaming business with a $500 million joint venture created to acquire, invest in and launch a Netflix-style video streaming service.
BBC:
Reddit removes r/Technology from high-exposure “default subreddits” list after censorship row  —  Reddit downgrades technology community after censorship  —  Technology is no longer listed at the top of new Reddit members' screens  —  Social news site Reddit has downgraded the status of its …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Verizon's data breach report: Point-of-sale, Web app attacks take center stage  —  Summary: Hotels, retailers and restaurants really need to lock down their point-of-sale systems, but don't have to sweat Web app attacks as much as financial services companies do.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Cisco, Netgear router patch for backdoor vulnerability merely hides it, does not fix it  —  Easter egg: DSL router patch merely hides backdoor instead of closing it  —  Just what you wanted for Easter: a re-gifted backdoor from Christmas.  —  First, DSL router owners got an unwelcome Christmas present.
More: PC World and TechEyeTweets: @fkarlitschek
Cassandra Khaw / The Verge:
LG's G Watch is always-on and water resistant  —  LG revealed more information about the upcoming G Watch on its new website.  The smartwatch will come in two colors: stealth black and champagne gold.  On top of having what is being described as an always-on screen, the G Watch will purportedly be both water and dust resistant.
Walt Mossberg / Re/code:
Apple is like a movie studio: blockbuster franchise products followed by sequels  —  Why Apple Is Like a Movie Studio  —  Steve Jobs has been dead for about two and a half years now, and it's hard not to notice that the regular parade of game-changing Apple products for which he was famous seems to have disappeared with him.
More: LIVEdigitally, 9to5Mac and BGR
Tweets: @bajarin and @monkbent
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google To Offer Mobile App Install Ads In Search And YouTube; Expands App Deep Linking To AdWords  —  Google is announcing today its plans to offer app install ads on mobile search and YouTube, following moves made by other tech industry companies, including Facebook and more recently Yahoo and Twitter.
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Aol Mail Hacked With Spoofed Accounts Sending Spam  —  It's not just you.  Aol Mail was hacked affecting an untold amount of accounts that were seemingly spoofed.  The Twitter hashtag #aolhacked is filled with first-hand accounts of spam being sent from either the hacked email account …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's new, new Windows cadence: Once a year is not enough  —  Summary: What comes after Windows 8.1 Update?  Sources say a second update is on its way, and that Microsoft's unified OS group is picking up the delivery pace.  —  Just a year ago, Microsoft officials were crowing about Windows' much improved delivery cadence.
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Danny Boyle in Talks to Direct Steve Jobs Movie, Leonardo DiCaprio Eyed to Star (Exclusive)  —  Danny Boyle, left, and Leonardo DiCaprio  —  “The Beach” director is said to want to reteam with DiCaprio on the Aaron Sorkin-penned biopic of the iconic Apple co-founder.
Miriam Elder / BuzzFeed:
CEO Of “Russian Facebook” Says He Was Fired And That The Social Network Is Now In The Hands Of Putin Allies  —  So ends the slow unravelling of independence at VKontakte, Russia's most popular social network.  —  VKontakte founder Pavel Durov in 2012.  —  Nadine Rupp / Getty Images
Dan Levy / Bloomberg:
LinkedIn to fully lease 26-floor tower in San Francisco with about 450K sq. ft. office space  —  LinkedIn Said to Fully Lease Tishman's San Francisco Tower  —  LinkedIn Corp. (LNKD) has agreed to fully lease a San Francisco office tower being built by Tishman Speyer Properties LP …
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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Active malware campaign steals Apple passwords from jailbroken iPhones  —  Security researchers have uncovered an active malware campaign in the wild that steals the Apple ID credentials from jailbroken iPhones and iPads.  —  News of the malware dubbed “unflod,” based on the name …
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 …
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” …
Todd Spangler / Variety:

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