April 9, 2013, 7:25 PM

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Milo Medin / Google Fiber Blog:
Google Fiber's Next Stop: Austin, Texas  —  We know that your time is valuable and so we've always focused on speed — from search to Gmail, Chrome to Android.  Two years ago, we announced that we'd be bringing Google Fiber to Kansas City to show what's possible with super fast Internet access …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Take that, Google: AT&T ups the ante with plans for its own Austin gigabit network  —  Updated throughout at 2:12 p.m. PT with comments from AT&T.  —  AT&T plans to build a gigabit network in Austin, Texas according to a company release Tuesday.  On any day this would be big news …
Simon Dawlat / AppGratis:
AppGratis pulled from the App Store.  Here's the full story.  —  I'm Simon Dawlat, CEO at AppGratis.  —  I founded AppGratis back in 2008, and have been running it ever since.  —  Today, for the first time, my company is dealing with an incredibly difficult moment.
Michael Siliski / Official Android Blog:
A fresh new look for Google Play  —  Whether you're in the mood to listen to Justin Timberlake's new album, read Harlan Coben's latest bestseller or discover a new game to play, you want the experience of finding and making your purchase to be quick and easy.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Secrets of FBI Smartphone Surveillance Tool Revealed in Court Fight  —  A legal fight over the government's use of a secret surveillance tool has provided new insight into how the controversial tool works and the extent to which Verizon Wireless aided federal agents in using it to track a suspect.
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Jessica Roy / Betabeat:
TripAdvisor Acquires Jetsetter for Undisclosed Amount  —  Gilt says goodbye to its travel site.  Jetsetter, the luxury travel site that Gilt Groupe put up for sale for around $50 million back in October, has been acquired by TripAdvisor, according to a press release published to PRNewswire.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Nearly 60K Low-Quality Apps Booted From Google Play Store In February, Points To Increased Spam-Fighting  —  Google has stepped up its efforts to remove spammy or otherwise non-compliant applications from its mobile application marketplace, Google Play, in recent weeks.
Damaster /
Exclusive: Microsoft account to get two-factor authentication soon  —  Last month we exclusively reported one of the new security features coming to Microsoft account - enhanced account aliases, aimed to replace the account renaming feature currently in place.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Asks You To Please Select Your Emotion  —  It could make us more willing to express how we feel.  Or you could say it over-simplies our complex moods and lives.  But today the Facebook status update box began offering the option to “share how you're feeling or what you're doing” …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Boxee rebrands new device as Cloud DVR, tones down cord cutting rhetoric  —  Okay, I didn't see this coming: Boxee has rebranded its new consumer electronics device just five months after it first became available.  The $100 device, which combines live TV and cloud DVR functionality with apps like Netflix …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple Says iMessage and Facetime Services Are Down For Some  —  For about an hour, we've been getting reports of Apple's iMessage system encountering errors and issues including delays and send failures.  A couple of minutes ago, Apple acknowledge the issue and noted on its iCloud status site …
David Goldman /
Shodan: The scariest search engine on the Internet  —  “When people don't see stuff on Google, they think no one can find it.  That's not true.”  —  That's according to John Matherly, creator of Shodan, the scariest search engine on the Internet.  —  Unlike Google ( GOOG, Fortune 500) …
Microsoft Surface Warranty Criticized in China After Apple Woes  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s after-sales service of its Surface tablet has attracted criticism from China's state-owned radio, following similar reports in the past month targeting Apple Inc. (AAPL)
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
AOL's new publisher tool to compete with Google, Armstrong says it's back in “ad tech game”  —  AOL announced Marketplace, an effort to consolidate the stack of tools publishers use to serve ads.  AOL is competing with Google in the ad tech field as it tries to diversify its revenues
Min-Jeong Lee / Wall Street Journal:
LG to Expand Retail Stores  —  SEOUL—LG Electronics Inc. is expanding the number of its retail stores in emerging markets as it seeks to increase smartphone market share and gain a stronger global presence in consumer electronics.  —  Executive Vice President Kim Ki-wan said the company plans …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Moves to .GL Domain in Anticipation of Domain Seizure  —  The Pirate Bay switched to a new domain overnight, from the Swedish based .se to Greenland's .gl extension.  The move to will be permanent.  —  A Pirate Bay insider told TorrentFreak that the change …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Flurry launches market to match mobile advertisers with content in real-time  —  July 9-10, 2013  —  Flurry is launching an exchange dubbed Flurry Marketplace for its mobile advertising platform so that the right advertisers can be matched with the right content publishers.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Coinsetter Lands $500K From SecondMarket Founder & Others To Help Bring Leverage, Shorting To Bitcoin Trade  —  Today, Coinsetter, a New York City-based startup looking to launch a new Forex trading platform for Bitcoin, announced today that it has raised $500,000 in seed capital.
FairSearch Announces Complaint in EU on Google's Anti-Competitive Mobile Strategy  —  The coalition issued the following in a release:  —  FairSearch to EU: Google's Android A ‘Trojan Horse’ to Dominate Mobile Markets  —  Files Complaint to European Commission On Google's Anti-Competitive Mobile Strategy

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