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April 25, 2014, 8:00 PM

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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 …
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.
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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
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.
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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Hulu Blocks VPN Users Over Piracy Concerns  —  Free and legal streaming services such as Hulu have been proven to slow down piracy rates in the United States.  —  At the same time, however, they also created a new problem.  With a relatively cheap VPN subscription, people from all over the world …
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Workplace Communication App Slack Raises $43 Million at $250 Million 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 …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Netflix researching “large-scale peer-to-peer technology” for streaming  —  When we wrote about the possibility of Netflix using a peer-to-peer architecture for streaming earlier today, it seemed like more of a thought experiment than a real possibility.  —  But it turns out Netflix is looking …
Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
T-Mobile's LTE rollout using “4x2 MIMO” antenna technology, producing more consistent connection speeds  —  Forget speed, T-Mobile has started building a more resilient LTE network  —  T-Mobile has begun upgrading its LTE network with a new kind of antenna technology …
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Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
No airwaves for you!  Verizon, AT&T will face bidding limits in incentive auction  —  Last week the Federal Communications Commission laid out all of its proposed rules for next year's controversial broadcast airwave incentive auction, save one.  It didn't address the most contentious rule of them all …
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 …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Former Tumblr President John Maloney Joins Circa  —  In the latest sign of big ambitions for the nascent mobile news space, John Maloney, the former president of Tumblr, is joining Circa in the same role.  —  When Maloney first joined Tumblr as a consultant, in 2008, it was even smaller than Circa is now …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Microsoft inks deal with AOL to distribute its videos  —  Microsoft, AOL Strike Web Video Distribution Deal  —  AOL and Microsoft compete for advertisers' dollars.  But they've figured out a way to cooperate, too: The two rivals have struck a deal which lets Microsoft distribute AOL's videos on some of its properties.

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