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April 27, 2014, 9:15 AM

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Lee Fang / VICE:
Several key FCC staffers recently worked for ISPs who would benefit from net neutrality defeat  —  Former Comcast and Verizon Attorneys Now Manage the FCC and Are About to Kill the Internet  —  A tombstone for Internet freedom.  Photo via Flickr user DonkeyHotey  —  The open Internet may soon become a thing of the past.
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 …
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 …
Brad Stone / Businessweek:
Amplify helps Twitter grab a piece of the multi-billion dollar TV ad market  —  Twitter Wants to Be Your TV  —  Profitability doesn't appear to be in Twitter's (TWTR) future anytime soon.  Losses are increasing, membership growth has slowed, and the company's stock price is down 28 percent since …
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Wall Street Journal:
Airbnb starts recommending nearby destinations to SF users, other cities coming soon  —  Airbnb Wants to Be a Travel Agent  —  Airbnb wants to be a travel agent.  —  People who opened the apartment-sharing company's mobile app in San Francisco on Thursday found something new …
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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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