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April 29, 2014, 2:10 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.
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.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Android Silver Program Reportedly Designed To Give Google More Control Over Its Mobile Destiny  —  Google does indeed have a so-called “Silver” program in the works, as reported originally in early April by Android Police, says The Information.  But the intent isn't just to improve customer …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Sprint's bleeding continues: Loss narrows as more customers defect  —  Sprint said it brought LTE to 41 more cities, and its Sprint Spark enhanced network to another six cities, as it manages its painful network upgrade process.  —  Lynn La/CNET  —  Sprint's painful transition continues.
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 …
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 …
Shara Tibken / CNET News:
Apple v. Samsung jury will mull 53 pages of instructions to prepare verdict  —  Closing arguments in the patent-infringement case will take place Tuesday, and then the eight-person jury will start deliberating.  —  Apple and Samsung are battling over patents in a San Jose, Calif., courtroom.
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 …
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 …
Tweets: @nytimes and @davezatz
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.

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