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April 13, 2015, 6:50 PM

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Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
iOS 8.3 prevents iFunBox, iExplorer and similar desktop file transfer tools from accessing app directories  —  iOS 8.3 Prevents iFunBox, iExplorer and Similar Tools From Accessing Apps  —  Apple has changed security settings in iOS 8.3 that prevent file managers and transfer utilities such as iFunBox …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Apple takes only 15% of new-subscriber revenue from some Apple TV partners, including Neflix, Hulu Plus, and MLB.TV, in contrast to its 30% iOS standard  —  How to Beat Apple's 30 Percent Subscription Fee: Sell Your Stuff on Apple TV  —  Did you sign up for HBO Now so you could watch “Game of Thrones” last night?
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
TWC gives Charlotte, NC customers up to a six times speed boost for same price after Google announces Fiber for the city  —  Google Fiber plans expansion, then TWC makes speeds six times faster  —  Charlotte customers get big speed boost for same price after Google announcement.
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:
Functional ‘Trusted Voice’ smart lock option is rolling out to some Android users with Google Play Services update  —  Functional ‘Trusted Voice’ Smart Lock Option Rolling Out To Some Users  —  Back when Google Play Services 7.0 rolled out, we noticed partial support for something called Trusted Voice.
Wall Street Journal:
Activist investor with over $2B stake urges Qualcomm to spin off chip unit from its more profitable patent-licensing business, cut costs, accelerate buyback  —  Activist Puts Pressure on Qualcomm  —  Jana Partners urges chip maker to consider breakup, other steps to improve stock price
Alexis C. Madrigal / Fusion:
World's first hologram protest held in Spain in response to laws that limit protesting in public  —  The world's first hologram protest held in Spain  —  A protest group pulled off an undeniably futuristic stunt this weekend in Spain: they sent thousands of holograms parading past the lower house of the country's parliament.
Luis D. / PhoneArena:
Sharp announces 5.5" 4K (2160 x 3840) IGZO display with 806 ppi, in mass production from 2016  —  Sharp not even joking, announces 5.5-inch 4K IGZO display with mind-blowing 806ppi pixel density  —  Like it or not, 4K smartphone displays are heading towards us, and there's nobody left to stop them!
David Katzmaier / CNET:
Vizio prices M series 4K TVs from $600, teases high-end, HDR-capable Reference series TVs  —  Some of our favorite TVs from last year were Vizio's M series, and now they're back with 4K resolution for inexpensive prices.  The company also teased its Reference series sets …
ZDNet:
HP exec Bill Hilf backtracks on his statement that “it makes no sense” to compete in public cloud, reaffirms commitment to OpenStack-powered Helion  —  HP: We're not leaving the public cloud  —  Summary:HP reaffirms its commitment to its OpenStack-powered Helion public cloud.
Dave McClure / Medium:
High private tech valuations the result of investors betting against doomed public incumbents unable to innovate  —  Bubble, My Ass: Some Unicorns Might Be Overvalued, But All Dinosaurs Gonna Die.  —  Summary: pundits argue billion-dollar startups are overvalued, but few realize …

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