April 9, 2013, 6:35 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.
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.
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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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.
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) …
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” …
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)
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 …
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
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 …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Key Lulzsec hackers plead guilty in London courtroom  —  Topiary, Kayla, tflow, and Ryan Cleary cop to their roles in Anonymous hacks.  —  Aurich Lawson  —  LONDON—On the day his trial was due to start, Anonymous member Ryan “kayla” Ackroyd, 26, of Doncaster, UK, entered a guilty plea on one count of …

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