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April 19, 2013, 10:25 PM

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Jay Rossite / The Yahoo! Yodel:
Sharpening our focus - to bring you new Yahoo! products  —  Like we announced last month, we want to bring you experiences that inspire and entertain you every day.  That means taking a hard look at all of our products to make sure they are still central to your daily habits.
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Apple Finally Reveals How Long Siri Keeps Your Data  —  All of those questions, messages, and stern commands that people have been whispering to Siri are stored on Apple servers for up to two years, Wired can now report.  —  Yesterday, we raised concerns about some fuzzy disclosures in Siri's privacy policy.
Christopher Tkaczyk / Fortune:
Marissa Mayer breaks her silence on Yahoo's telecommuting policy  —  Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer speaks about ending the work-from-home policy, saying it was “wrongly perceived as industry narrative.”  —  FORTUNE — In the closing keynote at the Great Place to Work conference at the Hyatt Regency Century City …
Twitter Developers:
Deprecating IE6 and IE7 support in Twitter for Websites (TFW)  —  @BenWard Ben Ward  —  When the Tweet button was introduced in 2010, Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 was our baseline.  Now, most users have upgraded and we see IE6 usage dwindled.  On May 13th 2013, we're going to prune …
New York Times:
After Apple's Rise, a Bruising Fall  —  Where's the old love, Apple?  —  Wall Street has turned viciously on its one-time iDarling.  The rout in Apple's share price — it fell nearly 2.7 percent on Thursday, bringing the damage since late September to 44 percent — has many wondering when, and where, all of this will end.
Steven Russolillo / MoneyBeat:
Apple Shares Are Dirt Cheap; So What?  —  Apple Inc. shares haven't been this cheap in at least 10 years.  —  Investors don't care.  —  The steep plunge in Apple's stock price over the past seven months got us wondering: When it will become attractive enough for bargain hunters to start scooping …
More: Fortune
Dan Farber / CNET:
Amazon Studios debuts 14 pilots for free viewing  —  Whether the pilots get the green light for a season of episodes will depend on what the data says.  “The goal is to get customer feedback,” says studio head Roy Price.  —  After evaluating more than 4,000 submissions and commissioning …
Alex Hern / New Statesman:
Reddit, Boston and the missing student  —  When crowdsourcing goes wrong.  —  The FBI's two suspect photos. … On 16 March, Sunil Tripathi, a student at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, went missing, leaving behind a cryptic note.  His whereabouts are still unknown …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Megan Rose Dickey / Business Insider:
A Hyped Startup Called Fab Is Pivoting To Become The 'World's Alternative To Amazon And Wal-Mart'  —  E-commerce design site Fab is gearing up to make its second big pivot, and further “reinvent and reimagine shopping.”  —  Fab co-founders Jason Goldberg and Bradford Shellhammer made a risky decision back in 2011.
More: PandoDaily and Betabeat
Matthew Miller / ZDNet:
HTC One available at AT&T and Sprint, Developer Edition delayed  —  Summary: HTC needs to hit it out of the ballpark to turn the financial tide and it comes to two US carriers today.  However, the Developer Edition is delayed and the Galaxy S4 is coming around the corner.  —  Matthew Miller
Reuters:
Penguin offers to scrap Apple e-book deals to end EU antitrust case  —  (Reuters) - British media group Pearson's Penguin unit has offered to scrap e-book deals with Apple that imposed price restrictions on Amazon and other retailers, EU antitrust regulators said on Friday.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
IBM's potential x86 server sale to Lenovo highlights oncoming train  —  Summary: IBM famously unloaded its PC business to Lenovo well before the post PC era hit.  Is Big Blue bailing on commodity servers before the floor falls out?  —  IBM is reportedly talking to Lenovo about selling …
Steven Musil / CNET:
Julian Assange's secret chat with Google's chairman  —  Eric Schmidt met with the WikiLeaks founder for five hours in 2011 for material for a book expected to be released next week.  —  Eric Schmidt met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in secret in 2011, according to the transcript …
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