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April 29, 2014, 1:10 PM

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Dom Esposito / 9to5Mac:
Apple's MacBook Air lineup updated with new Haswell processors, now starts at $899  —  In line with our recent reporting, Apple has updated its Macbook Air lineup.  The refresh features Intel's Haswell processor and is now $100 less than the previous model.
Natt Garun / The Next Web:
Acer announces Liquid Leap, its first wearable smart band  —  Acer today announced its latest product line which includes the Liquid Leap, a smart band that can track fitness activities and pair with smartphones.  The company was quiet on details about the Leap other than that it is 17 mm wide …
Strategy Analytics:
Samsung & Apple Slip as Global Smartphone Shipments Reach 285 Million Units in Q1 2014  —  According to the latest research from our Wireless Smartphone Strategies (WSS) research service, global smartphone shipments grew +33% annually to reach 285 million units in the first quarter of 2014.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
With Microsoft Deal Done, Nokia Names Rajeev Suri CEO, $6.9 Billion in Buybacks, Dividends and Debt Cuts  —  Nokia late Monday said it was naming former networking unit head Rajeev Suri as its new chief executive.  —  With the sale of its flagship device business to Microsoft …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Firefox 29 Launches With Major Redesign, Firefox Account Integration  —  Mozilla is launching its most important release of Firefox in a very long time today.  After almost two years of working on its Australis redesign, the company is now finally ready to bring it to its stable release channel.
Office Blogs:
Office for iPad now includes printing  —  Last month, we launched Office for iPad® with the robust capabilities and familiar look and feel of Microsoft Office, plus a fantastic touch experience built for iPad.  Millions of people downloaded Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad and thousands sent us feature requests.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Sprint announces Spotify partnership and HTC One Harman Kardon edition  —  Sprint today announced a special edition of the HTC One smartphone that includes special audio technologies tuned for better music playback.  The HTC One M8 Harman Kardon edition uses two technologies to restore …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Tidemark rolls out ‘Playbooks’ dashboards, raises $32 million  —  Summary: The new funding will be used to expand sales and marketing for Tidemark, an enterprise performance management company.  Tidemark also partnered with New Relic.  —  Tidemark on Tuesday said it is rolling out a new interface …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
White House details interagency decision-making process on zero-day vulnerability disclosures  —  White House Details Thinking on Cybersecurity Flaws  —  WASHINGTON — In a rare insight into the government's thinking on the use of cyberweapons, the White House on Monday published a series …
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Samsung posts $8.2B profit; second straight quarterly drop  —  South Korean electronics giant posts an operating profit of $8.2 billion for the first quarter, a 3.3 percent decline from the year-ago period.  —  Samsung's Galaxy S4.  —  Samsung  —  Samsung reported its second consecutive quarter …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
FreedomPop to Sell First Apple Devices, Offering iPhone 5 With Its Free and Low-Cost Plans  —  Upstart mobile carrier FreedomPop is announcing this week its first support for the iPhone, offering a variety of free and low-cost plans in conjunction with Apple phones that work on Sprint's network.
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Most websites patched Heartbleed, but tens of thousands of connected devices remain vulnerable  —  It's Crazy What Can Be Hacked Thanks to Heartbleed  —  Western Digital makes a tiny box where you can store all your photos and other digital stuff.  It's called My Cloud, and you've probably seen the TV ads hawking the thing.
More: BBC and The Register
David Carr / New York Times:
Cable providers cling to bundled TV channels as viewing habits evolve  —  New Challenges Chip Away at Cable's Pillar of Profit  —  For decades, cable television has been an almost magical source of profits, in large part because of the bundle, the packaging of channels that compels subscribers …
James Niccolai / PC World:
Google shows its first homegrown server board based on IBM's upcoming Power8 processor  —  Google shows homegrown server with IBM Power chip  —  IBM's efforts to expand the use of its Power chips in hyperscale data centers just got a big shot in the arm from Google.
Bloomberg:
Vevo Owners Said Close to Hiring Goldman to Explore Sale  —  Vevo LLC's four owners are close to hiring Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to explore sale options for the music video-hosting service, according to three people familiar with the matter.  —  The sale of a majority stake is being considered among …
Gerry Conway / Comicbook.com:
Comic book writer: Amazon sabotaged Comixology's near-perfect venue for discovering new comics  —  The ComiXology Outrage  —  Known forever to fandom as “the man who killed Gwen Stacy,” Conway is also the co-creator of The Punisher, Firestorm, Power Girl, Man-Thing, Werewolf-by-Night …
More: Marco.orgTweets: @ja2ke and @gerryconway
Ben Woods / The Next Web:
MIT students raise $500,000 to give every undergraduate on campus $100 worth of Bitcoin  —  Two MIT students have successfully raised more than half a million dollars in order to give all 4,528 undergraduate students on campus $100 worth of the cryptocurrency to use as they see fit.
Valerie Richardson / Android Beat:
LG announces shipment of 12.3 million smartphones in Q1 2014, confirms arrival of the LG G3  —  LG has just announced that it shipped 12.3 million smartphones including 5 million LTE capable handsets in Q1 2014, which is quite decent for a company competing primarily with Samsung in the mobile industry.

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