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April 22, 2014, 10:30 PM

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Ina Fried / Re/code:
Google Agreed to Pay Some of Samsung's Costs, Assume Some Liability in Latest Apple Case  —  A Google lawyer testified on Tuesday that the software maker, pursuant to its contractual obligations, agreed to take over defense of some of the claims in Apple's current patent lawsuit …
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
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.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Apple Opens OS X Beta Testing To All Users With New Seed Program  —  Before today, you needed a developer account to help test Apple's upcoming software releases before they hit the general user population.  You didn't need to actually develop anything, but it would still cost you $99 per year to partake …
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 …
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.
Tweets: @paulg and @stevenlevy
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google To Offer Targeted Mobile App Install Ads In Search And YouTube; Expands App Deep Linking To AdWords  —  Google is announcing today its plans to offer targeted app install ads on mobile search and YouTube, following moves made by other tech industry companies, including Facebook and more recently Yahoo and Twitter.
Bloomberg:
Dish plans late-summer debut for internet TV package at $20-$30/month aimed at 18-34 age group  —  Dish Said to Target Summer Debut for Internet-TV Service  —  Dish Network Corp. (DISH) is targeting a summer debut for its Internet-TV service in the U.S., according to people familiar with the matter.
More: Engadget and SlashGear
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.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
OpenSSL code beyond repair, claims creator of “LibreSSL” fork  —  OpenBSD founder Theo de Raadt has created a fork of OpenSSL, the widely used open source cryptographic software library that contained the notorious Heartbleed security vulnerability.  —  OpenSSL has suffered from a lack …
Kyle Russell / Business Insider:
Artemis partners with Dish Network to trial its pCell wireless tech in SF later this year  —  Dish Network Is Partnering With This Startup To Make Cellphone Internet 1,000 Times Faster Than 4G  —  In today's world, there's one area of technology that can almost never be fast enough …
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.
Andy Boxall / Digital Trends:
Exclusive: Leaked LG G3 screens show fresh UI, confirm ‘concierge’ service, and more  —  A new, modern UI for LG's upcoming G3 has been revealed in three new screenshots, obtained by Digital Trends from a trusted industry source.  The screens show flatter and brighter icons …
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.
Tweets: @hunterwalk
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.
Mark Hearn / 9to5Google:
Nest Thermostat now available from Google Play  —  Yesterday, Google's newly acquired thermostat system made an appearance on a Play Store support page.  This led many to believe that the search giant would soon offer its smart climate controller at its online marketplace, alongside its other in-house products.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
After Cyberbullying Scandal, Anonymous Social App Yik Yak Raises $1.5 Million  —  Anonymous social networking apps are having a moment.  Following the notable funding rounds for apps like Secret ($8.6 million) and Whisper ($21 million!), newcomer Yik Yak is today announcing a small amount of outside investment, too.

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
5 mind-bending facts about quantum computing  —  In GIF form, five of the most mind-bending things scientists have learned about life on an atomic and sub-atomic level.
Freshdesk:
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VMware:
Your Grandfather's Backup Tools Weren't Built for Today's Virtual Environments.  —  When the health of your business rides on the availability of your virtual machines and the applications they run …
Zoho:
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Pure Storage:
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