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April 30, 2014, 6:10 PM

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Facebook:
Facebook announces Anonymous Login for third-party apps, granular privacy controls for normal Login  —  f8: Introducing Anonymous Login and an Updated Facebook Login  —  Today at f8, we announced Anonymous Login, a brand new way to log into apps without sharing any personal information from Facebook …
Steven Levy / Wired:
Mark Zuckerberg Explains Facebook's Future, From Virtual Reality to Anonymity  —  No one ever accused Mark Zuckerberg of standing pat.  —  The Facebook social network has expanded to over 1.2 billion people across the globe, and the company has successfully moved its primary application — “the big blue app” — onto smartphones.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Audience Network Mobile Ad Network Launches At f8  —  Facebook today launched its mobile ad network called Facebook Audience Network so developers can make money without having to sell their own ads, do their own targeting, handle measurement, or route payments.  Facebook will take care of it all.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches Mobile Like Button For Sharing From Apps  —  Facebook today announced the launch of its mobile ‘Like’ button for sharing from apps.  This complements Facebook's Like button for the mobile and desktop web.  Given the importance of mobile apps for Facebook, it's a surprise the company didn't launch this before.
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Google stops scanning student Gmail accounts for ad targeting, will do the same for Apps for Business and government users  —  Google Stops Scanning Student Gmail Accounts for Ads  —  Google said Wednesday that it stopped scanning student Gmail accounts for advertising purposes after the practice …
Mike Hopkins / Hulu Blog:
Hulu will allow free viewing of select full TV episodes on mobile devices starting this summer  —  Today at the Hulu Upfront in New York City, joined by Peter Naylor, SVP of Sales, Craig Erwich, SVP Head of Content, and many of our talented stars and creators from Hulu Originals …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Google releases Docs and Sheets apps for iOS and Android  —  Google is launching standalone mobile apps for the three key tools in its productivity suite: Docs, Sheets, and Slides.  The apps will be available on both iOS and Android, with the former two already out today and Slides coming at a later date.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Motorola's next smartphone will be ‘priced for all,’ launch on May 13th  —  “Made to last.  Priced for all.”  —  LG revealed its planned launch date for the G3 earlier today and now Motorola is following up with its own invitation to a new smartphone launch, this one dated for May 13th.
Darren Nix / 42floors:
LinkedIn truncates profiles, pitches upgrades to logged-in users, punishing those who register  —  The absurdity of LinkedIn  —  This morning I had a call with someone I hadn't met so I Googled their name and, inevitably, clicked through to their LinkedIn profile.
Owen Thomas / ReadWrite:
PayPal launches new logo and a TV ad campaign ahead of product push  —  Why PayPal Rushed A New Logo To Market  —  PayPal president David Marcus is in a hurry.  He's got new payments products to roll out—ones that will ease e-commerce, speed up real-world transactions, and spread PayPal's reach in the apps on your phone.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Version One Ventures Founding Partner Boris Wertz Joins Andreessen Horowitz  —  One of (if not the) most well-respected fixtures in the Canadian venture capital scene has joined Andreessen Horowitz as a board partner, as Boris Wertz adds the Valley-based firm to his resume.
More: Andreessen Horowitz and BetaKitTweets: @bwertz and @pmarca
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
‘Dark Wallet’ Is About to Make Bitcoin Money Laundering Easier Than Ever  —  Government regulators around the world have spent the last year scrambling to prevent bitcoin from becoming the currency of choice for money launderers and black marketeers.  Now their worst fears may be about to materialize in a single piece of software.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Yelp Tops Q1 Expectations, Raises 2014 Guidance  —  Online reviews company Yelp posted a narrower loss and more revenue in the first quarter than Wall Street analysts were expecting, sending the stock up more than three percent in after-hours trading.  Yelp lost four cents a share on $76 million …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
IDC: Samsung shipped more smartphones in Q1 2014 than Apple, Huawei, Lenovo, and LG combined  —  Apple may be smartphone king in the US, but Samsung is absolutely undisputed worldwide.  In Q1 2014, the South Korean company shipped more smartphones than the next four vendors combined: Apple, Huawei, Lenovo, and LG.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
LG's G3 smartphone will launch on May 27th  —  Events across six cities will mark the introduction of the new Android phone  —  A couple of months after most of its competitors unveiled their flagship phones for 2014, LG is ready to follow suit.  The Korean company has issued invitations …
Tod Van Name / Bloomberg Now:
Bloomberg terminals to track bitcoin pricing data from Coinbase and Kraken exchanges  —  Bitcoin Now on Bloomberg  —  There certainly are varied opinions about bitcoin.  Everyone from Warren Buffett and Marc Andreessen to the Winklevoss twins and the Internal Revenue Service has opined on the viability of the digital currency.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Tinder Getting Ready to Hook Up With Ads  —  Tinder is the hottest company in Barry Diller's portfolio.  But the free dating app doesn't generate any revenue for Diller's IAC conglomerate.  —  That will change this year, IAC executives said today during the company's earnings call.
Yusuf Mehdi / Xbox Wire:
BesTV and Microsoft to bring Xbox One to China in September  —  By Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing, Strategy and Business, Xbox  —  Today marks a monumental day for Xbox, as together with our partner BesTV New Media Co., we announced we will bring Xbox One to China in September of this year.

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