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April 24, 2014, 10:30 AM

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Intel, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, others pledge $3.9M for open source projects 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.
Gautham Nagesh / Wall Street Journal:
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 …
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 …
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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.
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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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.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Facebook, Gmail, Skype face Russia ban under ‘anti-terror’ data snooping plan  —  Summary: The Russian parliament's latest play could see major Western technology firms banned from the country if they don't store data on its soil — a move that would allow Russian authorities to easily snoop on user data.
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:
Noel Randewich / Reuters:
Qualcomm's quarterly revenue growth dwindles, shares fall  —  (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) on Wednesday posted its smallest quarterly revenue increase since 2010 as it wrestles with a smartphone market that is losing steam and shifting to China, sending its shares lower.
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 …

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