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April 20, 2015, 8:55 AM

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Maddie Stone / Gizmodo:
Norway Will Be the First Country to Turn Off FM Radio in 2017  —  Norway's Minister of Culture announced this week that a national FM-radio switch off will commence in 2017, allowing the country to complete its transition over to digital radio.  It's the end of an era.
Bradon / OnePlus Blog:
OnePlus One smartphone now available to buy globally for everyone without an invite  —  Open Sales for the OnePlus One, Forever  —  This week marks a very special anniversary for OnePlus.  Exactly one year ago this Thursday, April 23rd, we announced the OnePlus One to the world.
Ashlee Vance / Bloomberg Business:
Elon Musk had a deal to sell Tesla to Google in 2013, for about $6B, and another $5B in capital for factory expansions  —  Elon Musk Had a Deal to Sell Tesla to Google in 2013  —  On the verge of bankruptcy, the company sought a savior in Larry Page  —  This story is excerpted and adapted …
Carmel DeAmicis / Re/code:
Report: VC investing increased 26% YoY to $13.4B in Q1 2015, the biggest Q1 since 2000  —  Venture Investing Just Had Its Biggest Q1 in 15 Years, Says PwC Report  —  Venture capital investing just had its biggest Q1 in 15 years, according to new data on VC investment trends.
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Sony launches flagship Xperia Z4 in Japan, with Snapdragon 810, 5.2" FHD display, 3GB RAM, and an image-stabilizing selfie camera  —  Sony's new flagship smartphone has an image-stabilizing selfie camera  —  Sony's unveiled its new smartphone in Japan, the Xperia Z4, and like you might tell …
Paul Thurrott / Thurrott.com:
Former Microsoft designer talks about original Windows Phone UX and mistakes the company made with Modern UI  —  Ex-Microsoft Designer Explains the Move Away from Metro  —  Windows Phone fans pining for the days of Metro panoramas and integrated experiences have had a tough couple of years …
Mandi Woodruff / Yahoo! Finance:
Funds left in Google Wallet Balance will now be FDIC insured  —  YAHOO FINANCE EXCLUSIVE: Google Wallet just got a lot safer  —  Google (GOOGL) is making a big change to its mobile payment service, Google Wallet, Yahoo Finance has learned.  Funds that are left in Google Wallet will now be FDIC-insured …
Brian Solomon / Forbes:
Profile of Tanium, a startup valued at $1.75B whose technology helps half of the top 100 US corporations quickly identify and patch vulnerable devices  —  Meet Tanium, The Secret Cybersecurity Weapon Of Target, Visa And Amazon  —  A father-son duo came from out of nowhere with a more clever idea …
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Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
Hands-on with Mini Augmented Vision, BMW's augmented reality glasses prototype for Mini cars  —  Mini Augmented Vision is a cool concept trying to solve Google Glass failings  —  Hands-on: BMW and Qualcomm make a convincing case cars are the best place to start AR.
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Jon Southurst / CoinDesk:
Report: most or all of Mt. Gox's missing bitcoins stolen between early 2011 and May 2013, long before the exchange collapsed in February 2014  —  Most Mt Gox Bitcoins Were Gone by May 2013, Report Claims  —  Mt Gox's missing bitcoins were stolen from the exchange over a period of time beginning in 2011 …

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