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April 25, 2014, 11:30 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 closure of Nokia deal  —  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.
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.
Mark Scott / New York Times:
Nokia's Here mapping division could prove attractive takeover target for over $6B  —  Digital Mapping May Be Nokia's Hidden Jewel  —  WATFORD, England — For the first time in more than three decades, Nokia faces the future without being a player in the global phone business.
Tweets: @nytimesbits
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 …
Tweets: @b_fungThanks:@srikardr
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
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.
Ken Florance / Netflix US & Canada Blog:
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 …
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 …
TechCrunch:
Stewart Butterfield's Slack Is Raising $30 Million In New Funding  —  Slack, a collaboration platform founded by Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield, is raising $30 million-plus in new funding, we've learned.  —  For background, Butterfield left Yahoo and started TinySpeck …
More: BetaKit and Techvibes Global NewsTweets: @bmann
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.
Lauren Hockenson / Gigaom:
Will Oremus / Slate:
Facebook news feed: The algorithms, A/B tests, and surveying that make the social network so addictive  —  We all know by now that Facebook isn't cool.  —  And yet somehow it's more popular than ever.  On Wednesday the company announced that its growth continues to surge …
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.
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.
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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