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April 25, 2014, 6:15 AM

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Google+ head Vic Gundotra to leave company after 8 years, with VP of engineering David Besbris replacing him  —  Google+ Head Vic Gundotra Leaving Company  —  Vic Gundotra, who aggressively led Google into the social world with the creation of Google+, is leaving the company.
TechCrunch:
Google+ to become more a platform than product, with key staff members moving to Android team, and fewer product integrations  —  Google+ Is Walking Dead  —  Today, Google's Vic Gundotra announced that he would be leaving the company after eight years.  The first obvious question …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Focusing on single-purpose social apps could be the key to Google's social future  —  What Would Happen If Google Really Did Kill Google+?  —  News is leaking out that Google might be planning to kill Google+, or at least put it into a Walking Dead-like “zombie” mode, as TechCrunch characterizes it — and something Google denies.
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe agree to pay $324M to settle hiring conspiracy lawsuit  —  Exclusive: Apple, Google agree to pay over $300 million to settle conspiracy lawsuit  —  (Reuters) - Four major tech companies including Apple and Google have agreed to pay a total of $324 million to settle …
Jennifer Khoury / Comcast Voices Blog:
Comcast: Neflix degraded its Comcast streams, seeks to shift its costs onto all Internet users  —  Comcast Response to Netflix  —  Netflix's argument is a House of Cards.  But there is no need for us to engage in a point-counterpoint with Netflix to demonstrate the continued distortions and inaccuracies on which it relies.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Comcast Says Netflix Slowed Down Its Own Streams  —  A couple days after Netflix and Comcast fought in public, the two companies, who are supposed to be partners, are at it again.  —  Three days after Netflix CEO Reed Hastings publicly opposed Comcast's planned acquisition of/merger with Time Warner Cable …
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Ken Florance / Netflix US & Canada Blog:
Netflix says it opposes Comcast/TWC merger because Comcast charges both Netflix and its customers to connect to each other  —  The Case Against ISP Tolls  —  As the person at Netflix responsible for content delivery, I spend a lot of time thinking about Netflix's Open Connect CDN and its interconnection with ISPs.
Tom Wheeler / Official FCC Blog:
Ina Fried / Re/code:
CEO Nadella Promises Microsoft Will Deliver “Courage in the Face of Reality”  —  Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella praised his company's recent efforts to both grow where it is strong, but also to bulk up in areas where it has been weaker.  —  “I sum up this quarter in two words, execution and transition,” Nadella said.
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TechCrunch:
Pinterest Hits 30 Billion Total Pins, Up 50% In 6 Months  —  Tonight at an event in the company's San Francisco headquarters, Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann announced that users had contributed more than 30 billion Pins since the service was founded, a number that has grown by nearly 50 percent in the past six months alone.
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Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Google tells 34 candidate cities for Google Fiber that it's considering deploying Wi-Fi as well  —  Exclusive: Google may offer Wi-Fi for cities with its Google Fiber  —  Cities getting gigabit-speed fiber Internet could also gain Wi-Fi networks  —  Google is considering deploying Wi-Fi networks …
Richard Nieva / CNET:
California shoots down ‘kill switch’ legislation for smartphones  —  Legislators rejected a bill requiring device makers like Apple to include antitheft software on smartphones sold in the state.  Their reason: It would be bad for business.  —  The senate chambers at the California state capitol building
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Foxconn Sells Communications Technology Patents to Google  —  Foxconn, Also Known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Has a Sizable Patent Portfolio.  —  HONG KONG—Foxconn, which assembles gadgets for companies such as Apple Inc., said it has sold a number of its communications technology patents to Google Inc. for an undisclosed sum.

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