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April 25, 2014, 2:35 PM

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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.
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.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Amazon smartphone could be an AT&T exclusive, offer “Prime Data” plan as a key selling point  —  The Amazon smartphone's secret weapon: Prime Data  —  3D effects and unique gesture controls aren't the only big selling points for Amazon's upcoming phones
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Samsung confirms fatal camera flaw on ‘limited number’ of Galaxy S5 smartphones  —  The Samsung Galaxy S5's 16-megapixel camera is one of its best assets, but it's also turned into something of a liability for the company just weeks after launch.  Complaints across internet forums have documented …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
HTC's head of design is leaving the company  —  Scott Croyle, the man responsible for the stellar designs of HTC's One smartphone line, is leaving the Taiwanese company.  Having led HTC's industrial design and user experience teams since his One & Co studio was acquired in 2008, Croyle is now departing to work on his own projects.
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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Mobile Ad Network Is Called Facebook Audience Network And Here's How It Works  —  Next week at f8, Facebook will unveil Facebook Audience Network, its mobile ad network that will let developers target both standard banners and custom ad units with Facebook's vast trove of personal data, according to multiple sources.
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
The FCC's new net neutrality rules will kill Aereo, even if the Supreme Court doesn't  —  This week, we heard a lot about Aereo, the New York-based startup that could upend the television business if it survives a Supreme Court battle with broadcasters.  But even if it squeaks past …
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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 …
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Workplace Communication App Slack Raises $43M at $250M Valuation  —  Slack, which makes a tool that helps teams communicate, has raised $42.75 million, it said today.  The round values the company at $250 million.  —  Word of the new round had gotten out last night on TechCrunch, though not with that amount and the investor names.
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Netflix finally comes to cable in the US  —  For the first time, Netflix will be available in the US from its natural enemy: cable companies.  Atlantic Broadband, Grande Communications and RCN all announced that subscribers will be able to access the streaming service through their TiVo DVRs as soon as April 28th.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Google Is Preparing To Pay A Huge Fine For Tax Noncompliance In France  —  France's equivalent of the IRS (Direction générale des finances) has been investigating Google for tax noncompliance.  With only €138 million of revenue reported in France in 2011, something wasn't right.
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.
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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