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April 26, 2014, 10:30 PM

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Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
The Untold Story Of Larry Page's Incredible Comeback  —  One day in July 2001, Larry Page decided to fire Google's project managers.  All of them.  —  It was just five years since Page, then a 22-year-old graduate student at Stanford, was struck in the middle of the night with a vision.
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Comixology removes in-app purchases to avoid paying fees to Apple  —  It's about to get a bit more difficult to buy comic books from a mobile device.  Comixology is replacing its iOS app today with a new version that removes the ability to purchase comics.  The new app is solely a comic book reader …
Benedict Evans:
Why iPad plateaued: tablets are eroding the PC market, but the smartphone is the transformative new category  —  iPads and tablet growth  —  Apple's revenue has pretty much stopped growing.  This chart shows the quarterly revenue the company has reported - a series of ever larger spikes upward around …
Washington Post:
Low-level federal judges balking at law enforcement requests for electronic evidence  —  Judges at the lowest levels of the federal judiciary are balking at sweeping requests by law enforcement officials for cellphone and other sensitive personal data, declaring the demands overly broad and at odds with basic constitutional rights.
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Former Apple engineer recalls early iPhone development, which resembled a startup  —  An iPhone Engineer-Turned-Game Maker Shares His Apple Story  —  When Francisco Tolmasky was just 20 years old and started working for Apple, he took on a challenging task: to create a rich mobile web browser …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Inside DarkMarket, a prototype online black market that resists police seizure via decentralization  —  Inside the ‘DarkMarket’ Prototype, a Silk Road the FBI Can Never Seize  —  The Silk Road, for all its clever uses of security protections like Tor and Bitcoin to protect the site's lucrative drug trade …
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