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April 22, 2014, 1:40 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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Weebly raises $35M from Tencent and Sequoia Capital at a valuation of $455M  —  Weebly Valued at $455 Million Amid Website-Building Boom  —  Weebly has been valued at $455 million in a new round of funding from investors eager to cash in on a recent boom in website-creation services.
More: Re/codeTweets: @paulg
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.
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 …
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
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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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