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April 26, 2014, 1:05 AM

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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.
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 …
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
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.
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Apple and Samsung will go into overtime to address key patent issue in court  —  Apple and Samsung will get a little more time in court than originally planned, after a California judge said both sides should be able to present additional evidence to clarify the wording associated with one of Apple's key patents.
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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.
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 …
Sarah Gray / Salon:
Verizon to pass information on its users' desktop browsing habits to mobile advertisers  —  Heads up, Verizon users!  This might be the creepiest big data tactic yet  —  Even if your computer isn't connected via Verizon, the company will monitor your activity and sell it to marketers
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Danish government releases geographic data by way of 1:1 Minecraft map  —  Denmark opened its data doors for a full nationwide Minecraft recreation.  Now we can finally estimate how well Copenhagen's Rundetårn observatory, seen here, could withstand a creeper invasion.

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