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April 30, 2014, 11:35 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.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches AppLinks To Make Deep Linking Between Apps Easier  —  At its F8 developer conference today, Parse CEO and co-founder Ilya Sukhar announced the launch of AppLinks.org, a new initiative that will make deep-linking between native apps easier for developers.
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.
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Sprint Said to Plan T-Mobile Bid After Pushing for Funding  —  Sprint Corp. (S) plans to push forward with a bid for T-Mobile US Inc. after meeting with banks this month to make debt arrangements for that offer, people with knowledge of the situation said.  —  Sprint Chief Financial Officer …
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 …
Darren Nix / 42floors:
LinkedIn truncates profiles, pitches upgrades to logged-in visitors, effectively punishing users 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.
Tweets: @aaronwallThanks:@jasonfreedman
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.
Ryan Gallagher / First Look Media:
British Spy Chiefs Secretly Begged to Play in NSA's Data Pools  —  A secret memo suggests GCHQ's Sir Iain Lobban (pictured) wanted more access to the NSA's PRISM data.  PA Wire/AP  —  Britain's electronic surveillance agency, Government Communications Headquarters, has long presented …
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
Wall Street Journal:
AT&T Has Approached DirecTV About Possible Acquisition  —  AT&T has approached DirecTV about a possible acquisition of the satellite TV firm, say people familiar with the situation, the latest sign of a possible shakeup in the television industry.  —  A combination of AT&T with satellite TV firm DirecTV …
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.
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.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
FCC chairman to cable companies: forcing some net traffic into a slow lane will not be permitted  —  FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's PR push to explain the new meaning of net neutrality that's under consideration continued today at The Cable Show 2014.  Speaking directly to executives …

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