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April 29, 2014, 3:30 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.
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.
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.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
RadiumOne's New CEO's Memo on Chahal Firing: “We Cannot Know for Certain What Gurbaksh Will Do”  —  Here's a memo that new RadiumOne CEO Bill Lonergan sent out late last night to the employees of the advertising tech company in the wake of the firing of Gurbaksh Chahal, its founder and CEO.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Google plans Android “Silver” program to replace Nexus, pushes OEMs to make devices that closely adhere to Google specifications  —  Android Silver Program Reportedly Designed To Give Google More Control Over Its Mobile Destiny  —  Google does indeed have a so-called “Silver” …
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
Sources say Amazon eyeing ARM architecture to design its own server chips  —  Amazon joins other web giants trying to design its own chips  —  As demand for its cloud computing services continues to grow, sources say Amazon is trying to design its own server chips.
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 …
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.
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 …
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
API and Analytics Co. Apigee Closes $60 Million Round As Public Offering Looms  —  Looking ahead to a potential public offering in the next year the application program interface and analytics services company Apigee has raised an additional $60 million in late stage financing.
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Glam rebrands as ‘Mode Media,’ dives into streaming video business  —  Glam Media is giving itself a major makeover.  —  Today the company announced that it is changing its name to Mode Media to better reflect its extended focus on a wider variety of topic-based publications, including Foodie …
Michael J. Casey / Wall Street Journal:
Mt. Gox Creditors, Investors Agree to Try to Revive Bitcoin Exchange  —  Deal Would Give Creditors a 16.5% Stake in the Future Company  —  Lawyers for creditors involved in two proposed class-action lawsuits against Mt. Gox have reached an agreement to support a group of U.S. investors' bid …
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.
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 …
William Alden / New York Times:
Doximity, an Online Network for Doctors, Raises $54 Million  —  Facebook and LinkedIn have found success by gathering broad swaths of users.  But several prominent investors are betting that a narrower focus can help a social network prosper.  —  Doximity, a professional network for doctors …

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Microsoft:
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