April 5, 2015, 2:50 PM

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T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Bill Gates: under Nadella, “Microsoft is better positioned than ever to lead” in computing  —  Read the letter Bill Gates sent to Microsoft employees for the company's 40th anniversary  —  On April 4th, 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen started a little company named Microsoft.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Review: Intel's upcoming $500 Core i7 NUC mini PC improves on performance of cheaper models  —  Mini-review: Intel's powered-up Core i7 Broadwell mini PC  —  28W chips give a nice CPU and GPU performance bump to the first Core i7 NUC.  —  Earlier this week, Intel sent us its latest variation of its growing line of NUC mini PCs.
Dan Frommer / Quartz:
The number of daily tweets to Periscope streams settles near Meerkat's level after explosive launch week  —  The Meerkat-Periscope live-streaming race is neck-and-neck after a crazy week  —  The rise of two strikingly similar mobile live-video streaming apps—Meerkat and Periscope …
Brian Barrett / Wired:
Netflix molds TV's future with 4K and HDR content, by pushing for faster internet and recommending TV sets  —  How Netflix Is Creating the Ultra-High-Def Future of TV  —  Netflix crystallized the idea of an internet service that streamed unlimited amounts of TV and movies into your home.
Takashi Mochizuki / Wall Street Journal:
Sharp plans to spin off LCD panel unit, ask government-supported investment fund for help  —  Sharp Seeks to Spin Off LCD Panel Unit  —  Troubled Japanese electronics provider plans to ask government-supported investment fund for help  —  TOKYO—Sharp Corp., the troubled Japanese electronics provider …
More: Engadget and Reuters
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
HP Spectre x360 review: the attractive, long lasting 13-inch laptop starts at a reasonable $900, but its weight makes the device hard to use as tablet  —  HP Spectre x360 review: What happens when Microsoft helps build a laptop?  —  The Spectre x360 is HP's newest flagship notebook.
More: PC Magazine and Forbes
Alex Davies / Wired:
Delphi created an autonomous car that drove across US without human input for 99% of the time  —  This Is Big: A Robo-Car Just Drove Across the Country  —  An autonomous car just drove across the country.  —  Nine days after leaving San Francisco, a blue car packed with tech …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Medium now has four branded-content partnerships, is looking to fund more content creators; comScore measures about 3M monthly uniques  —  Medium is courting writers and advertisers.  But will the dollars follow?  —  Medium was created by Twitter's founders, gets contributions from notables …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Female-Run Venture Capital Funds Alter the Status Quo  —  Step into the offices on Sand Hill Road, the heart of Silicon Valley venture capital, and one thing is immediately striking — the almost all-male cast of leading characters.  —  But there is another corner of the venture capital industry that looks quite different.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
OnePlus's Android Lollipop-based ROM, OxygenOS, is available to download now  —  A little later than expected, OnePlus has finally launched its much-anticipated Android Lollipop-based operating system, OxygenOS, for its One smartphone.  —  The China-based mobile phone manufacturer …

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