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April 28, 2014, 2:30 PM

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Chris Urmson / The Official Google Blog:
Google's self-driving cars get smarter at handling city driving conditions, log 700K miles  —  The latest chapter for the self-driving car: mastering city street driving  —  Jaywalking pedestrians.  Cars lurching out of hidden driveways.  Double-parked delivery trucks blocking your lane and your view.
Eric Jaffe / The Atlantic Cities:
The First Look at How Google's Self-Driving Car Handles City Streets  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—The first rule of riding in Google's self-driving car, says Dmitri Dolgov, is not to compliment Google's self-driving car.  We've been cruising the streets of Mountain View for about ten minutes.
Xbox Wire:
Xbox Originals launching in June on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and other Microsoft devices  —  Xbox Originals: Coming Soon to a Screen Near You  —  Starting this June, you'll have more reasons to love your Xbox: Xbox Originals - premium dramas, comedies, documentaries, animation, unscripted shows, and live events.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Skype makes group video calling free on Windows, Mac, and Xbox One; coming to all platforms ‘in the future’  —  Skype today announced it is making group video calling (GVC) available free of charge on Windows desktop, OS X, and the Xbox One.  At the same time, the company is also promising …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia ‘Superman’ expected later this year is a 4.7" phone with a 5 megapixel front camera  —  Nokia ‘Superman’ will be the best Windows Phone for selfies  —  One of the first Windows Phone 8.1 devices due for release after Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's phone business …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft's first Nokia ad plays on its underdog status  —  25,000 Nokia employees are joining Microsoft today after the company acquired Nokia's devices and services unit last week.  While many workers are tweeting their new employee badges in a series of selfies today …
Mike Beasley / 9to5Google:
HP preparing to announce first Google-blessed touchscreen Android notebook  —  In a hidden video (embedded below) discovered on HP's website by Notebook Italia shows off HP's upcoming Slatebook 14.  As the name implies, the machine comes with a 1080p 14″ touchscreen display.
Mark Scott / New York Times:
Annual Profit Falls 52 Percent for Angry Birds Maker Rovio  —  LONDON - All is not well in the land of Angry Birds.  —  On Monday, Rovio, the Finnish gaming company behind the once-popular franchise, announced a more than 50 percent drop in its 2013 net profit, to $37 million, compared with the previous year.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
‘Anonymish’ App Secret Taps Into Android, Global Markets; UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand First Up  —  Secret - the iOS app that lets you share confessions, rumors, complaints and praise with your wider circle of friends without attaching your name to it- has captured the eye of early adopters in the US tech world.
Jonathan Kizer / 9to5Google:
Galaxy S5 “Prime” reportedly coming this June with quad-HD display as model number leaks  —  The Galaxy S5 may have just hit store shelves and the hands of users, but it seems as if Samsung is already planning an upgraded version of its flagship device.  According to a report from SamMobile …
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
IBM launches Cloud marketplace  —  Summary: The tech giant said the app exchange is a digital front door that opens up its in-house services portfolio, along with those of its partners, to enterprise clients.  —  The land of cloud marketplaces just got a new resident — IBM.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Kantar: Windows Phone ‘Stutters’ Amid Android Price Competition, iPhone 5S Is Apple's Buffer  —  Last Friday, Microsoft finally took control as the new owner of Nokia's devices business, but it's coming into its new position as a mobile hardware maker with no less a challenge than Nokia has had for the last couple of years.

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