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April 24, 2014, 9:50 AM

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Washington's revolving door: Cellular lobby and FCC have traded leaders  —  Washington, DC, has long had a revolving door through which government officials exit to become lobbyists, and lobbyists enter to become government officials.  —  Regulators being led by former executives …
Gautham Nagesh / Wall Street Journal:
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Intel, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, others pledge $3.6M to open source to avoid the next HeartBleed  —  Tech giants, chastened by Heartbleed, finally agree to fund OpenSSL  —  IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and others pledge millions to open source.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Feds Beg Supreme Court to Let Them Search Phones Without a Warrant  —  American law enforcement has long advocated for universal “kill switches” in cellphones to cut down on mobile device thefts.  Now the Department of Justice argues that the same remote locking and data-wiping technology represents …
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Ex-Anonymous hacker Sabu launched cyberattacks on Iran, Syria, Brazil, and Pakistan while an FBI informant  —  F.B.I. Informant Is Tied to Cyberattacks Abroad  —  WASHINGTON — An informant working for the F.B.I. coordinated a 2012 campaign of hundreds of cyberattacks on foreign websites …
Simon Khalaf / Flurry:
A look at the demographics of “mobile addicts” who launch apps over 60 times per day  —  The Rise of the Mobile Addict  —  In May of 2013, KPCB's Partner and world-renowned analyst Mary Meeker shared her latest Internet Trends Report.  In that report, Ms. Meeker shared an interesting stat …
Matt McGee / Glass Almanac:
Google Releases XE 16.11, Offers To Replace Bricked Glass Units  —  Google has come up with a two-pronged approach to fixing the woes caused this week by the XE 16 and XE 16.1 software updates.  —  As you likely know, Explorers began reporting problems with XE 16 shortly after its release last week …
Nitasha Tiku / Valleywag:
CEO of digital ad platform RadiumOne avoids felony domestic abuse charges after video evidence thrown out  —  Tech CEO Dodges Felony Charge Despite Horrifying Abuse Video  —  RadiumOne CEO Gurbaksh “G” Chahal pled guilty to two misdemeanors for domestic violence and battery last week.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft delivers Remote Desktop app preview for Windows Phone 8.1  —  Summary: Microsoft has made available for download a preview version of its Remote Desktop app for Windows Phone 8.1.  —  On April 23, Microsoft quietly made available for download a preview of its Remote Desktop app for Windows Phone 8.1.
Kristin Paget:
Apple patched critical WebKit vulnerabilities on OS X three weeks before iOS, exposing users  —  Apple + Patching = You're Doing It Wrong :(  —  Apple just released iOS 7.1.1, which contains a bunch of security fixes for a wide range of things.  Of particular interest is the list of issues they fixed in WebKit, which includes:
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Quip issues API for mobile word processor, aims it at enterprise IT  —  Quip has released an API for its browser-based word processor that it hopes enterprise developers will use to make the application do more jobs in workplaces.  —  Quip, which is led by former Facebook CTO Bret Taylor …
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Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Mark Pincus Steps Down From All Operational Roles at Zynga: “Ultimately a Ship Is Better With One Captain”  —  Mark Pincus is stepping down from all operational duties at Zynga, the social gaming company that he founded in 2007.  As part of the change, he will shift to non-executive chairman …
Erin Griffith / Fortune:
Etsy buys Grand St.  —  The handmade marketplace has acquired Grand St., a marketplace for indie electronics.  —  FORTUNE — Etsy, the operator of a handmade marketplaces, has acquired Grand St.  —  Grand St., which sells indie electronics online, had raised $1.3 million in seed funding …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple reports $45.6 billion revenue for Q2 2014: 43.7m iPhones, 16.3m iPads, 4.1m Macs, 2.7m iPods  —  Apple just announced its second quarter results for 2014 with revenue for the quarter coming in at $45.6 billion.  That's compared to the guidance it previously provided of $42 …

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