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April 25, 2014, 11:55 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 …
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple launches iPhone 5 Sleep/Wake Button Replacement Program  —  Apple launches iPhone 5 Sleep/Wake Button Replacement Program  —  Apple on Friday launched a new program to help iPhone 5 users that may have been affected by a problem with the Sleep/Wake button not functioning properly.
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
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Security researcher finds most hospital equipment hackable in study of about 100 facilities  —  Why It's Insanely Easy to Hack Hospital Equipment  —  When Scott Erven was given free reign to roam through all of the medical equipment used at a large chain of Midwest health care facilities …
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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.
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:
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 …
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 …
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.
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Will Google+ be scaled back? Googlers are unsure, but Besbris' appointment is seen as evidence  —  Minus Its Leader, What's Left at Google+?  —  Without its biggest champion and original leader, Vic Gundotra, insiders say the fate of Google+, the search giant's big attempt to dominate …
Nick Statt / CNET:
Exclusive: Nike FuelBand engineers courted by Nest, Oculus, Intel, and Microsoft  —  Tech companies are lining up to nab Nike engineers after the sportswear maker decided to dismantle its wearable-hardware team.  —  Nike engineers and other hardware and manufacturing experts …
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Spotify nears 10M paying subscribers, sources say; revenue may soon surpass iTunes in Europe  —  Spotify says it's ‘a matter of time’ before it overtakes Apple's iTunes in Europe  —  Streaming music service says it has added 1m active users in the UK alone in the last four months

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