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May 1, 2014, 3:15 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 …
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.
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.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft patches IE zero-day flaw, issues special security update for Windows XP despite end of support  —  Microsoft today announced it is releasing an emergency patch for Internet Explorer to fix a zero-day flaw spotted in the wild.  The security hole was found in IE6 through IE11 …
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.
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Acquires High-Performance Cloud-Computing Company GreenButton  —  Microsoft today announced that it has acquired GreenButton, a U.S.- and New Zealand-based high-performance cloud-computing company that has long had a close relationship with Microsoft's Azure group.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
T-Mobile adds another 2.4M customers in record quarter, within shouting distance of Sprint  —  T-Mobile added a net total of 2.4 million customers in the first quarter — the biggest growth in its history — including record expansion of 1.3 million customers in the coveted category of branded postpaid accounts.
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.
Katherine Rosman / Wall Street Journal:
LeapFrog launches LeapBand, a $40 wearable activity tracker for kids  —  Kid Wearables?  LeapFrog Debuts Fitness Tracker for Training Wheels Set  —  The inevitable is happening: Kids and wearable devices are now going hand-in-hand, er, wrist-in-wrist.  But will parents jump at the opportunity …
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 …
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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Kamcord mobile gameplay recording platform launches iOS app, hits 3B videos, & picks up $7.1M Series A  —  Kamcord, the Y Combinator-backed startup with an SDK that lets developers offer gameplay recording functionality in mobile apps, today announced it has secured another big round of funding …
More: Gigaom, TechCrunch and PE Hub BlogThanks:@apollozac
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 …
More: T-Mobile and Engadget

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