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April 24, 2014, 11:55 PM

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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.
Tom Wheeler / Official FCC Blog:
FCC chairman to have net neutrality “enforceable rules” by the end of the year, mandate that ISPs “not act in a commercially unreasonable manner”  —  Setting the Record Straight on the FCC's Open Internet Rules  —  There has been a great deal of misinformation …
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.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Cloud Momentum Helps Drive Third-Quarter Results  —  Revenue growth across segments and cost discipline drive earnings per share of $0.68.  REDMOND, Wash. — April 24, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $20.40 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2014.
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 …
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Tim Cook: nobody's figured out mobile payments yet, and Apple won't rush out new products  —  Apple's Cook on New Products: ‘Take the Time to Get It Right’  —  Tim Cook, Apple's chief executive, said its strong fiscal second-quarter might silence chatter that the company is in decline.
Moves:
Moves joins Facebook, will continue as standalone app, will not “commingle data with Facebook”  —  Moves joins Facebook!  —  24 April 2014 - Today, we're delighted to announce that Facebook has acquired our company and the Moves app.  Since we launched Moves …
Amazon:
Amazon.com Announces First Quarter Sales up 23% to $19.74 Billion  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2014.  —  Operating cash flow increased 26% to $5.35 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $4.25 billion …
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.
Andy Mitchell / Facebook:
Facebook partners with Storyful to launch FB Newswire: Facebook and Twitter feeds of newsworthy Facebook content  —  Announcing FB Newswire, Powered by Storyful  —  Every day, news is made on Facebook.  More than one billion people use our platform to discover, explore and participate in news-making events around the world.
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon accelerates plans for its own delivery network, following last winter's shipping woes  —  Amazon Tests Its Own Delivery Network  —  Alternative to FedEx, UPS Could Deliver Goods the Same Day They Are Purchased  —  The future of Amazon.com Inc. is hiding in plain sight in a San Francisco parking lot.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Rumoured Microsoft Surface Mini Tablet Crops Up In Amazon Listings  —  Although it hasn't happened yet, it's clearly only a matter of time before Microsoft officially unboxes a smaller form-factor version of its Surface tablet.  A Surface Mini has been rumoured for well over a year …
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
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 …

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