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May 1, 2014, 10:00 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
AT&T considering acquisition of DirectTV, in deal likely worth at least $40B  —  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.
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Preliminary analysis of Google Glass teardown estimates cost of components less than $80  —  Google Glass Parts Estimated to Cost Less Than $80  —  Google Glass currently carries a $1,500 price tag, but the components packed tightly inside the device may cost the Internet giant a lot less …
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 …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Snapchat adds ephemeral text messaging and live video chats  —  Real Talk: the new Snapchat brilliantly mixes video and texting  —  More than just photos, Snapchat's new text and video chat feels immediate and intimate  —  By any measure, Snapchat has had a busy year.
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Mark Hachman / PC World:
Windows 8 gains natural-language Smart Search, with hints that Cortana could follow  —  Microsoft said Wednesday that it has added natural-language search to its internal Windows 8 Smart Search.  Users can write out queries as sentences or thoughts, rather than try to puzzle out the correct search term.
Andrew Grush / Android Authority:
Google Search 3.4 updated, Parking Location detects where you've parked your car  —  Google Search now knows where you parked, might sound cooler than it really is  —  Earlier today, Google kicked off Update Wednesday by bringing separate apps for Docs, Sheets and Slides to the Google Play store.
Wall Street Journal:
Box Inc. delays IPO plans amid drop in cloud company stocks  —  Online-storage startup Box is delaying its plans for an initial public offering after a sudden weakening in demand for technology stocks.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Qualcomm spins off Gimbal Bluetooth beacon business  —  Qualcomm has spun off Gimbal, its location-based services system compatible with Apple's iBeacon, into a standalone company, offering retailers, entertainment venues, and businesses proximity-sensing and geofencing.
More: Reuters and GigaomThanks:@c_davies
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.
More: WebProNewsTweets: @aaronwallThanks:@jasonfreedman
Andrew Nusca / Fortune:
Avisio raises $8M Series A, aims to use data analytics to better predict quarterly revenue  —  With data analytics, Aviso aims to better predict quarterly revenue  —  With $8 million in funding and the support of prominent enterprise technologists, Aviso seeks to bring intelligence to revenue management.

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Microsoft:
5 mind-bending facts about quantum computing  —  In GIF form, five of the most mind-bending things scientists have learned about life on an atomic and sub-atomic level.
Freshdesk:
How to not sound like a robot in your email notifications?  —  Your notifications don't have to be just notifications.  They can be another opportunity to charm your customers and to keep them hooked.  Learn how.
VMware:
The Best Thing for Your Data Center since vSphere  —  It's come to our attention that some folks are less than certain about the differences between vSphere and vSphere with Operations Management.  Let's clear things up:
Zoho:
The customer service lessons we must all learn from that Comcast call  —  By now, you've probably heard the call that hijacked the Internet last week.  If not, let me warn you.  It is painful - incredibly painful.
Pure Storage:
2014: Pure, EMC, HP, and Violin all Up Their Games  —  The past few months have seen bold announcements from EMC, HP, Violin, and of course Pure Storage, the net result of which is that the market has changed and moved forward appreciably.
 

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