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May 1, 2014, 1:05 PM

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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Amazon Smartphone Photos: Exclusive first clear photo of Kindle Phone  —  Following a series of exclusive reports, BGR has now obtained the first unobscured image of Amazon's debut smartphone  —  Amazon is still more than a month away from unveiling its first own-brand smartphone, but there isn't much mystery that remains.
The Verge:
Foursquare splitting into two apps: Foursquare for discovery and Swarm for checkins  —  Meet Swarm: Foursquare's ambitious plan to split its app in two  —  To take on Yelp, Foursquare is moving beyond the check-in  —  Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley has spent the last year trying to convince …
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.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
OS X 10.10 emphasis planned for WWDC, iOS 8 features pushed to iOS 8.1, new Apple TV still in the works  —  Apple may be planning to give the next version of the Mac OS X operating system, 10.10, a larger presence than iOS 8 at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, according to sources with knowledge of the plans.
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 …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
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.
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
John Carmack's former employer claims he stole tech for Oculus VR when he left  —  The man who co-created Doom, who co-founded id Tech, and who later left id Tech for Oculus VR, is being accused by his former employer of taking intellectual property with him to Oculus VR.
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.
Bloomberg:
Snapchat Hires Google Exec for Security, Debuts Chat  —  Snapchat Inc. is adding executives and new features, as it steps up efforts to build the company.  —  The Los Angeles-based mobile-application startup, which has an app that lets people send annotated photos that disappear …
Andrew Martonik / iMore:
T-Mobile closes deal for 700MHz spectrum, reiterates commitment to LTE rollout  —  T-Mobile has finally closed a deal to acquire highly-valuable 700MHz spectrum from Verizon, enabling the next wave of network upgrades for the carrier.  In the wireless world not all spectrum is created equal …
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

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