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April 30, 2014, 3:40 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.
More: Forbes
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 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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: @ahess247
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.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Ex-FCC chief Michael Powell says politics and funding droughts would slow the internet if it were a utility  —  Cable lobbyist who once led the FCC is glad he didn't regulate the Internet  —  Michael Powell.  —  The Cable Show  —  There are some people who think Internet service …
Tom Wheeler / Official FCC Blog:

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