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April 28, 2014, 11:50 AM

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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.
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
Microsoft Xbox Struggles in Big Hollywood Foray  —  Last May, when filmmaker Steven Spielberg announced he would create a television series based on Halo, it was a defining moment for Microsoft, the owner of the $4-billion-dollar science-fiction game franchise.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft is taking Halo beyond gaming with two television projects  —  Microsoft is serious about breaking into Hollywood.  And it plans to do so by launching television shows based on its spectacularly successful Halo sci-fi game series, which has generated billions of dollars and sold 50 million copies.
More: Engadget and Gizmodo
Chris Urmson / The Official Google Blog:
Google's self-driving car gets smarter at handling city driving conditions, logs 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Ellen Cushing / San Francisco Magazine:
Kara Swisher: AllThingsD was profitable, but Re/code will probably lose money this year  —  “I Think Google's Pretty Dangerous and Thuggish.  I've Always Said That.”  —  Kara Swisher, outspoken tech journalist, has a lot on her mind. … San Francisco: You recently split …
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.

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