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April 29, 2014, 4:50 PM

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Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Twitter Beats In Q1 With $250M In Revenue And Picks Up 14M New Monthly Active Users  —  Twitter released its first quarter financial performance this afternoon, reporting revenue of $250 million in the period, and earnings per share of $0.00 on a non-GAAP basis.
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 teases Liquid Leap, a wearable smart band launching alongside the 5-inch Liquid Jade smartphone this summer  —  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.
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.
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Apple blasts Samsung over originality, bravery in closing trial arguments  —  Apple wrapped up its side of a wide-ranging case against Samsung in court today, accusing it one last time of copying five features that it says ended up in millions of phones sold to US consumers.  —  “Let's remember how we got here.”
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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.
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” …
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 …
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 …
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Amazon's new Wearable Technology hub showcases the latest smartwatches, activity trackers, and more  —  Amazon is dedicating part of its store to the ever-growing number of wearable devices on the market.  The online hub, simply called Wearable Technology, covers smartwatches …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
eBay Beats, Q1 Non-GAAP Earnings Up 11 Percent to $899M, Revenue Up 14 Percent To $4.3B  —  eBay just reported first quarter earnings this afternoon, beating expectations.  Non-GAAP earnings increased 11%, to $899 million or $0.70 per diluted share, over the prior year, driven by strong top line growth, says the company.
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.

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