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April 23, 2014, 9:40 AM

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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 …
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 …
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.
Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
Amazon adds HBO shows to Prime Instant Video; HBO Go coming to Fire TV at some point  —  Amazon has secured streaming rights to a number of HBO series and will make them available through Prime Instant Video starting May 21, the company announced Wednesday.  In addition, Amazon …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
OpenSSL code beyond repair, claims creator of “LibreSSL” fork  —  OpenBSD founder Theo de Raadt has created a fork of OpenSSL, the widely used open source cryptographic software library that contained the notorious Heartbleed security vulnerability.  —  OpenSSL has suffered from a lack …
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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 …
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.
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 …
Juhana Rossi / Wall Street Journal:
Lifeline Ventures, early Finnish backers of Supercell, launch $21M Nordic startup fund  —  Team Behind Finnish Success Story Supercell Launches Nordic Startup Fund  —  The brains and money behind Supercell Oy, the Finnish developer behind popular mobile games Clash of Clans and Hay Day …
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.
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 …
Tweets: @ryanlawler
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Apple releases Heartbleed fix for AirPort Base Stations  —  Apple on Tuesday patched a bug in its most recent AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule models related to the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability discovered earlier this month.  —  The update, AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.3 …

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