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April 22, 2014, 8:05 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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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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
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 …
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.
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 …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
iPhones and Macs get fix for extremely critical “triple handshake” crypto bug  —  Apple has patched versions of its iOS and OS X operating systems to fix yet another extremely critical cryptography vulnerability that leaves users open to surreptitious eavesdropping.  Readers are urged to install the updates immediately.
More: Bugtraq
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Durov, Out For Good From VK.com, Plans A Mobile Social Network Outside Russia  —  In the drawn-out game of will-he, won't-he, Pavel Durov, the founder of VKontakte.com, Russia's top social network with over 100 million users, is now out for good from the company with an unceremonial dismissal conveyed via a newswire report.

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