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April 22, 2014, 4:15 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 …
David Bellona / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter makes new web profiles available to all users  —  Your new web profile is here  —  Today, the new web profile experience is rolling out to all users around the world.  —  Get the new profile now.  If you need some creative inspiration for your new header image, select one of the custom headers from our library.
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
As WhatsApp Hits 500 Million Users, CEO Jan Koum Preaches Focus  —  While waiting to hear whether European regulators will clear its $19 billion acquisition by Facebook, the mobile messaging app maker WhatsApp hit a big milestone yesterday: It has 500 million active monthly users.
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.
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Study: households spent 10% less at Amazon in states where online sales tax introduced  —  Amazon Sales Take a Hit in States With Online Tax  —  Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) is taking a hit in states that are collecting an online sales tax.  —  In one of the first efforts to quantify the impact …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Re/code:
The Supreme Court Loves the Cloud.  It's Not Sure About Aereo.  —  All of those arguments about Aereo's case and its impact on the future of cloud computing?  —  It turns out the Supreme Court was listening.  —  As attorneys for the Web TV service and the TV networks who are suing it argued …
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 …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Exclusive: YouTube Product Head Shishir Mehrotra Likely to Depart — Moving to Advisory Role  —  Shishir Mehrotra, YouTube's head of product and a longtime Google exec, is likely to depart the company, and has moved to an advisory role at the premium online video powerhouse.
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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.

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