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April 22, 2014, 10:20 AM

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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 …
Chris Wanstrath / GitHub:
GitHub founder Tom Preston-Werner resigns after investigation finds errors of judgment but no gender-based harassment  —  Results of the GitHub Investigation  —  Last month, a number of allegations were made against GitHub and some of its employees, including one of its co-founders, Tom Preston-Werner.
Tom Preston-Werner:
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 …
William Launder / Wall Street Journal:
Discovery Is Selling HowStuffWorks.com for $45 Million, About 20% What it Paid for the Site in 2007  —  For Discovery Communications Inc., the website HowStuffWorks.com proved to be one investment in digital media that didn't work.  —  Discovery said Monday it would sell the site …
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 …
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.
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 …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Netflix to raise prices for new members $1-2 this quarter, existing members will stay at current pricing “for a generous time period”  —  Netflix will raise streaming prices for new members this quarter  —  New Netflix subscribers could soon be forced to pay a bit …
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.
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Kif Leswing / Gigaom:
Why can Nike dump the Fuelband?  With friends like Apple, it doesn't need its own hardware  —  If you want to track your fitness with Nike software, you're probably going to have to use Apple products.  —  The news that Nike had laid off a majority of its digital sport hardware engineering team …
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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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Airbnb Scrubs Thousands Of Listings From ‘Bad Actor’ Hosts Ahead Of NY Subpoena Hearing  —  In preparation for oral arguments being held in its New York subpoena case tomorrow, Airbnb is eliminating dozens of listings on its site from hosts who have been accused of being bad actors and running illegal hotel operations on the platform.
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Judge invalidates two Intellectual Ventures patents, ending lawsuit against Capital One before jury trial  —  For world's biggest troll, first patent case ends up in tatters  —  Intellectual Ventures founder Nathan Myhrvold reads Slashdot.  —  Intellectual Ventures
John Ribeiro / PC World:
Activists want net neutrality, NSA spying debated at Internet governance conference  —  A campaign on the Internet is objecting to the exclusion of issues like net neutrality, the cyberweapons arms race and surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency from the discussion paper …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google finally combines text and chat conversations in Hangouts  —  Google is crossing off a major complaint about Hangouts this week: the messaging app will finally merge your SMS and Hangouts conversations.  Users can pick between Hangouts and SMS when sending a given message, but that's it.
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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