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April 30, 2014, 2:50 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 …
Facebook:
f8 2014: Stability for Developers and More Control for People in Apps  —  Today we welcomed more than 1,700 developers to f8, our global developer conference in San Francisco.  Our mission is to help developers all over the world build, grow and monetize apps across all devices and platforms.
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.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook launches FbStart, a program providing up to $30,000 in free tools and services for app developers  —  At its F8 conference today, Facebook announced FbStart, a new program to help app developers by providing free tools and services “to get your app up and running fast.”
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.
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 …
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Google Stops Scanning Student Gmail Accounts for Ads  —  Google said Wednesday that it stopped scanning student Gmail accounts for advertising purposes after the practice was scrutinized during a recent court case.  —  Google Apps for Education, a free service used by more than 30 million students …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
‘Sign in with Google’ button could send Google+ to oblivion  —  The abrupt departure of Google+ creator Vic Gundotra from the beleaguered social network led to immediate speculation that its days as a competitor to Facebook and Twitter are numbered.  Indeed, media reports have asserted …
Lora Kolodny / Wall Street Journal:
Blue Apron Raises $50M to Deliver Do-It-Yourself Meal Kits, Recipes … Tech companies offering Web and mobile food-ordering services are doing brisk business.  A new, $50 million investment in Blue Apron Inc. is one of the larger venture bets in this bustling category.
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.
Klint Finley / Wired:
OK Cupid founders launch Keybase, an online directory that aims to make PGP easier to use  —  OkCupid's Founders Want to Bring Encrypted Email to the Masses  —  Email is a bad place to keep secrets.  —  Edward Snowden's revealations that the National Security Agency has many means …
Tweets: @wired and @joehardly
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Opera Buys Rich Media Mobile Ad Startup Apprupt, As Q1 Sales Rise 40%  —  Opera Software, the Norway-based company that makes browsers for mobile and other devices, today reported its quarterly results and announced another acquisition along the way: apprupt, a mobile startup based out of Germany …
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.
Derek Khanna / InsideSources:
Outbox vs. USPS: How the Post Office Killed Digital Mail  —  Evan Baehr and Will Davis, were summoned to Washington for a meeting with the Postmaster General.  Evan and Will wondered what it could be, “They must have seen the recent coverage in CNBC, maybe they'll help our company expand?”
More: TechPresidentTweets: @balajis and @hunterwalk
Tom Wheeler / Official FCC Blog:
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler defends net neutrality approach, seeks path to avoid years in court  —  Finding the Best Path Forward to Protect the Open Internet  —  I am a strong believer in the importance of an Open Internet.  As President Obama has explained, “Preserving an Open Internet …

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