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April 23, 2014, 2:20 PM

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
iOS 7.1 code indicates Apple working on Siri for Apple TV  —  Code found within the iOS 7.1 SDK suggests that Siri is headed to the Apple TV in future.  Pierre Blazquez first found the reference on Friday. 9to5Mac has since confirmed that the code does exist in both iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1′s files.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Meet the One, OnePlus' $299 Nexus killer  —  Rarely do we see a tech startup spending five months actively hyping up an unborn product; and when we do, most of them end up being vaporware.  Luckily, that's not the case with OnePlus.  Today, the Shenzhen-based company has finally unveiled …
Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
Amazon adds HBO shows to Prime Instant Video; HBO Go coming to Fire TV at some point  —  Amazon now has streaming rights to a number of HBO series and will make them available through Prime Instant Video starting May 21, the company said Wednesday.  —  In addition, Amazon said that it will add HBO …
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / Wall Street Journal:
Google Maps ‘Time Machine’ Lets You Stroll the Streets of the Past  —  Ever wish you could travel back in time?  A new feature on Google Maps Street View, rolling out world-wide today, lets users zip through imagery dating back to Street View's beginning in 2007.
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Glass marketing head addresses criticism from Scoble, others: backlash is a sign of disruption  —  Does Google Glass Have An Optics Problem?  And Does Google Care?  —  It's hard to judge the success of a product launch before the product is even really out in the market.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 8 Start Menu set to return in August  —  Microsoft revealed earlier this month that the Start Menu will return to Windows 8.  While Microsoft is keeping the timing for its return vague, sources familiar with the company's plans tell The Verge that the Start Menu will likely be available …
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
Xiaomi simplifies its Web domain to Mi.com to appeal to an international audience  —  Popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has ambitious plans to expand beyond Asia, and as part of its efforts to do so, it has simplified its website domain to Mi.com.
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 …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
IBM Opens Chip Architecture, in Strategy of Sharing and Self-Interest  —  IBM's chip business needs help.  So the company has opened up the technology of its Power microprocessors, inviting others to modify and manufacture Power-based designs pretty much as they see fit.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
David Einhorn warns of “second tech bubble in 15 years”, shorts undisclosed tech stocks  —  David Einhorn Just Cried Bubble And Let Slip The Shorts Of War  —  David Einhorn, a hedge fund manager worth north of a billion dollars, isn't bullish on technology stocks.
Lizette Chapman / Wall Street Journal:
Stipple Shuts Down; VC Backers Included Floodgate, Kleiner Perkins  —  Image-tagging advertising startup Stipple Inc. has called it quits, shutting its doors less than 18 months after raising capital at a valuation just south of $25 million.  —  Backed by investors including Floodgate …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
AOL Launches Free Streaming Movies in Pact with Miramax  —  AOL is now playing in the movie biz.  —  The Internet media company inked a deal with Miramax to deliver a selection of its full-length films to U.S. users, available to watch for free (with ads) across a range of devices.
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Pure Storage Raises $225 Million at a $3 Billion Valuation  —  Pure Storage, the company shaking up the enterprise storage market with a data storage array based solely on flash memory, has raised $225 million in a late-stage round of venture capital funding at pre-money valuation of more than $3 billion.
Brian R. Fitzgerald / Wall Street Journal:
Christopher Mims Named New WSJ Tech Columnist  —  We are delighted to announce that Christopher Mims is the new technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal and WSJD.com, the Journal's online and mobile home for tech coverage.  —  Mims, 34 years old, is coming to the Journal from Quartz …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
NIST Finally Removes NSA-Compromised Crypto Algorithm From Random Number Generator Recommendations  —  Back in December, it was revealed that the NSA had given RSA $10 million to push weakened crypto.  Specifically, RSA took $10 million to make Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator …
Anthony Boadle / Reuters:
Brazilian Congress passes Internet bill of rights  —  (Reuters) - Brazil's Senate unanimously approved groundbreaking legislation on Tuesday that guarantees equal access to the Internet and protects the privacy of Brazilian users in the wake of U.S. spying revelations.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
VMware delivers strong Q1  —  Summary: VMware had a busy first quarter after it completed the acquisition of AirWatch, which gave the company a mobile strategy.  The company also launched virtual storage software.  —  VMware delivered strong first quarter results that were in line with expectations.

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