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April 25, 2015, 3:50 PM

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Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
PSA: The 2013 Nexus 7 has been discontinued  —  It had a great run, but Google has today discontinued the 2013-edition Nexus 7.  The device was arguably—and is still to this this day—one of the best options when it comes to mid-range Android tablets.  You may not be able to grab …
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
How Comcast failed to get merger support in Congress despite $25M spent on lobbying in 2014  —  Intense Lobbying Failed to Assure Comcast's Deal  —  WASHINGTON — David L. Cohen, the master salesman who runs the Comcast Corporation's lobbying efforts, stood before a room full …
More: Wall Street JournalTweets: @reddy
Bloomberg Business:
Comcast's Week-Long Unraveling of TWC Deal Was Months in the Making  —  The collapse of Comcast Corp.'s plan to buy Time Warner Cable Inc., which played out in public over the course of a week, was months in the making.  —  When Comcast announced its $45.2 billion bid 14 months ago …
More: USA Today
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Works To Improve Spam Detection Systems On Google Maps After Obscene Edits  —  Google says it's working to improve its spam-detection systems in its Google Maps platform after yet another prank allowed a user to upload an inappropriate image to Google Maps.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Critical HTTPS bug may open 25,000 iOS apps to eavesdropping attacks  —  Just when you thought it was safe to use AFNetworking apps, a new threat emerges.  —  At least 25,000 iOS apps available in Apple's App Store contain a critical vulnerability that may completely cripple HTTPS protections designed …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
The 9 best apps for Apple Watch you can get right now  —  Apple has the best smartphone ecosystem, the best tablet ecosystem, and as of today, the best smartwatch ecosystem when it comes to apps.  But the app story is dramatically different on the Watch in a way that you won't quite understand until you start to use one.
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Swiss postal service to test first drone delivery system, using drones made by Matternet  —  Matternet To Test The First Real Drone Delivery System In Switzerland  —  The Swiss postal service, Swiss Post, is going to attempt drone deliveries for the first time ever using Matternet …
Greg Sterling / Marketing Land:
Chrome notifications serve Google's strategy by making developers and publishers less reliant on apps  —  Chrome Notifications, “The Physical Web” And Google's War On Apps  —  Browser notifications a potential game changer for the mobile web — and Google.  —  From day one Google has hated apps.
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:
Google Apparently Testing ‘Collections’ For Followable, Curated Content Sets On Google+  —  According to a tipster (and a report over at DroidLife), Google is testing a new feature for Google+ that could be big news for the platform.  For now, it's called “Collections,” and it's being tested for an unspecified release target.
Jack Clark / Bloomberg Business:
Oracle CEO says 95% of its products will be available in the cloud by October, up from 65%  —  Oracle CEO Hurd Plans to Lift Almost All Products Into Cloud  —  Oracle Corp. plans to make almost all of its services available via the Internet by mid-October, Co-Chief Executive Officer Mark Hurd said …
More: Seeking Alpha and The RegisterTweets: @dinabass

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