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April 25, 2014, 8:30 AM

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Suzanne Choney / Microsoft Corporation:
Microsoft, Nokia Devices and Services business aim to remake mobile market  —  The completion of the Nokia Devices and Services business acquisition April 25 will enable Microsoft to accelerate its share of smartphones and feature phones in developed and emerging markets, and increase its role as a devices and services company.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft morphs into a hardware giant with Nokia deal completion  —  Microsoft is no longer just a software giant, it's now a hardware giant.  —  Nearly eight months after its original announcement, Microsoft has completed its deal to purchase Nokia's devices and services unit today.
More: Softpedia NewsTweets: @tomwarren
Tiina Jaatinen / Nokia Conversations:
Our journey begins  —  Today is a big, new and exciting day for us.  We are announcing that the acquisition of substantially all of the Nokia Devices and Services business by Microsoft has reached completion, following approval by Nokia shareholders and regulatory authorities.
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 …
Re/code:
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.
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 …
More: GizmodoTweets: @dangillmor
Ken Florance / Netflix US & Canada Blog:
Tom Wheeler / Official FCC Blog:
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 …
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.
Amazon.com:
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.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
More than a social network: Facebook aims to be the source for breaking news  —  Facebook has always been filled with “news,” just not the kind you'd find in a daily newspaper.  —  Recently, however, Facebook had made several moves to shift the content of your News Feed towards hard news …

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