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April 29, 2014, 12:00 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.
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 …
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
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 …
Fortune:
Disney tried to buy Buzzfeed but talks broke down over price; Buzzfeed sought more than $1B  —  Disney tried to buy BuzzFeed  —  The merger conversations happened several months ago, but fell apart over price.  —  FORTUNE - The Walt Disney Co. was in talks to acquire online content …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
More: VentureBeat and hypebotTweets: @pkafka
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Samsung's Galaxy K Zoom smartphone packs a 20 megapixel camera and 10x zoom lens  —  Samsung made the leap into high-end camera smartphones when it launched the Galaxy S4 Zoom last year, and now it is adding to that range after it announced the Galaxy K Zoom, a smartphone that sports …
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.
Mark Hachman / PC World:
AMD's Beema, Mullins chips use software, sensor smarts to cut power, not performance  —  Do you really need to run your mobile apps at the fastest possible speed?  AMD's new “Beema” and “Mullins” chips don't think so and have cut power by up to 20 percent from its previous generation while improving performance.

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