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April 23, 2014, 12:30 PM

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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
WSJ Poised to Hire Quartz's Mims as Tech Columnist, After Manjoo Departure to Times  —  The Wall Street Journal is close to hiring Quartz tech and science editor Christopher Mims as its newest tech columnist, said several sources.  If completed, Mims will replace its last new tech columnist Farhad Manjoo …
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Kevin Gray / Reuters:
Music video hub Vevo monthly viewership up nearly 50 percent to 6 billion  —  (Reuters) - Vevo, the online music video hub that is a joint venture of two of the world's biggest music labels, has seen a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of music videos streamed each month from its platform …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Delivery Hero Gobbles Another $85M To Fuel A Price War With Just-Eat  —  On the heels of online food delivery company Just-Eat's successful IPO in London earlier this month, its big, still-private rival Delivery Hero has raised another mammoth round of funding: a Series F of $85 million …
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.
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.
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.
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Facebook gets U.S. antitrust approval to buy Oculus  —  (Reuters) - Social network giant Facebook Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Oculus VR Inc, a two-year-old maker of virtual reality goggles, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday.  —  Facebook said on March 25 …
Christopher Mims / Quartz:
Apple expected to post flat year over year revenue as iPhone and iPad sales plateau  —  Why Apple has stopped growing  —  Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer predicted in January that Apple will generate the same amount of revenue this past quarter—the company releases its financials today—as it did a year ago.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Skeptical of Aereo's Business  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court signaled on Tuesday that it was struggling with two conflicting impulses in considering a request from television broadcasters to shut down Aereo, an Internet start-up they say threatens the economic viability of their businesses.
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