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Kara Swisher / Re/code: What Does the Recent Tech Stock Downturn Mean?  The Truth Is Nobody Knows.  —  In his new book on high-frequency trading, “Flash Boys,” Michael Lewis opens with the very simple premise he gleaned from watching the stock market crash in October of 1987:  —  “If you ever needed proof …

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James Temple / Re/code: Nike Denies FuelBand Shutdown, but Layoffs Could Reveal New Cracks in Wearables Market  —  Nike confirmed a “small number” of layoffs in its digital sports division, but attempted to tamp down a CNET report late Friday that said the company was shuttering the hardware side of its FuelBand team.

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Karl Bode / DSLreports: Experian: Nearly a fifth of Americans who use Netflix or Hulu don't subscribe to cable TV  —  Cord Cutting on The Rise, Especially Among the Young  —  Cord cutting is on the rise, according to a new study by Experian Marketing Services.  According to the report, the number of cord cutters …

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Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica: Neil Young's music-player Kickstarter closes at $6.2 million  —  Neil Young's trek into high-end gadgetry didn't just stop with launching and promoting the PonoPlayer.  He also apparently installed lasers in his fingers so that he could sign his own limited edition series of the product.

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Rod Boshart / Quad City Times: Microsoft brings $1.13 billion data center to Iowa  —  DES MOINES — Central Iowa is emerging as an economic magnet for high-tech data centers, state and local leaders declared Friday after plans were unveiled for global computer giant Microsoft to phase in a $1.13 billion regional data center over the next four to five years.

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Issie Lapowsky / Wired: How carriers' greed for additional revenue streams almost sabotaged the smartphone kill switch  —  How Greed Almost Sabotaged the Smartphone Kill Switch  —  About one third of robberies in major cities across the country involve the theft of a mobile phone, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

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Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica: Hands-on with Ubuntu Touch 14.04: Coming along, but miles to go  —  We install it so you don't have to.  Seriously, you probably shouldn't.  —  The last time we installed Ubuntu Touch on anything was about a year ago, shortly after the release of Ubuntu 13.04.

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Les Shu / Digital Trends: Toshiba's U3 MicroSD cards are fast enough to handle 4K video, still tiny and easy to lose  —  MicroSD cards have become so ubiquitous that even some digital cameras are now using it.  That's fine and dandy if speed isn't a concern, but if you're snapping lots of photos and you need your camera to keep up …

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Cotton Delo / AdAge: Facebook courts advertisers to target likely World Cup viewers, a first for a TV event  —  Facebook to Sell Huge Audience of World Cup Fans to Advertisers  —  Test Could Be Extended to Other TV Events Like the Super Bowl  —  How Advertising Performs in a Social Media World

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Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom: Welcome to the spectrum-dome: FCC lays groundwork for its controversial incentive auction  —  This spring is shaping up to be a very contentious season for almost everyone that has a stake in the country's wireless airwaves.  The Federal Communications Commission on Friday released …

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Carla Marinucci / SFGate: Sam Altman and Marissa Mayer co-hosting Obama fundraiser for DNC at Y Combinator HQ on May 8  —  New!  Obama to hit Y Combinator headquarters in Mt. View on May 8  —  President Obama will hit the Mt. View headquarters of Y Combinator, the hot Silicon Valley start-up funder and incubator …

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Peter Kafka / Re/code: Beats Bites the Bullet, and Starts Selling Subscriptions From Apple's App  —  Apple has a crazily powerful digital store, used by hundreds of millions of customers.  But if you want to sell something there it will cost you: In almost every case, Apple keeps 30 percent of the purchase price on whatever its users buy.

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Nick Statt / CNET: Exclusive: Nike fires majority of FuelBand team, will stop making wearable hardware  —  The sportswear company has decided that only software has a future in the company's technology vision.  That means cutting the FuelBand, and those who helped make it.

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Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac: Apple reaching out to developers who didn't win WWDC lottery, offering chance to buy unclaimed tickets  —  If you didn't get a chance to buy a WWDC ticket in the lottery last week, you might just get another chance soon.  Developers who won were given until April 14 to buy a slot at the conference …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook not currently using location data from Nearby Friends for ads, will in the future  —  Facebook ‘Nearby Friends’ Will Track Your Location History To Target You With Ads  —  Facebook says it's not using its new Nearby Friends feature to target ads yet, but after I asked why it's tracking …

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Sam Altman: YC's new president suggests several solutions to key issues in employee stock compensation  —  Employee Equity  —  Startup employees often do not get treated very well when it comes to stock compensation.  New ideas float around occasionally, but lawyers are usually averse to trying new things …

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Daniel Cid / Sucuri Blog: Heartbleed status scan: 0.52% of top 10K sites, 2% of top 1M sites still vulnerable  —  HeartBleed in the Wild  —  As most of you probably already know, ten days ago security Researchers disclosed a very serious vulnerability in the OpenSSL library, which is used to power HTTPS on most websites nowadays.

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Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat: Comcast and Time Warner may sell 3-5M subscribers for up to $20B to Charter before merger  —  Ahead of its TWC merger, Comcast may sell 5M subscribers to Charter  —  Comcast and Time Warner Cable are in discussions with smaller cable provider Charter to sell up to $20 billion worth of assets, according to a Financial Times report.

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Wall Street Journal: TPG-Led Group Closes $450 Million Investment in Airbnb  —  Funding Values Home-Rental Site at $10 Billion  —  A group led by private-equity firm TPG has finalized an agreement to invest $450 million in Airbnb Inc., valuing the home-rental site at $10 billion, according to people familiar with the situation.

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Kim Zetter / Wired: Certificate Revocations Lists increase sharply in the wake of Heartbleed, hogging bandwidth  —  Heartbleed Bug Sends Bandwidth Costs Skyrocketing  —  The exposure of the Heartbleed vulnerability last week had a number of repercussions, one of which was to set off a mad scramble by companies …

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Webvan founder Louis Borders is working on a new grocery delivery business  —  Webvan's Founder Is Back and He's Building Another Grocery Delivery Business  —  Two years after his high-flying online grocery business collapsed into bankruptcy, Webvan founder Louis Borders was quoted as saying …

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Ed Christman / Billboard: Record Labels Sue Pandora Over Pre-1972 Recordings  —  As expected, the three major labels, ABKCO, and the RIAA filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in New York state court against Pandora for playing pre-Feb. 15, 1972 recordings without making any royalty payments.

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: Heartbleed exploits expand to VPN devices: attackers hijack user sessions, bypassing multifactor authentication  —  Heartbleed maliciously exploited to hack network with multifactor authentication  —  Demonstrating yet another way the catastrophic Heartbleed vulnerability threatens users …

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Vodafone Social: HTC hints at DSLR-like optical zoom in the next 18-24 months, wants to own the selfie market  —  HTC talks camera tech: DSLR-destroying optical zooming ‘18 months’ away  —  The HTC One (M8) is here, and even though we're only in April, it's already a strong contender for phone of the year.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Airbnb Has Closed Its $500M Round Of Funding At A $10B Valuation, Led By TPG  —  TechCrunch has learned that Airbnb, the fast-growing site that lets people become hoteliers by renting out sofas, rooms or entire private homes, has now closed its latest round of funding: $500 million …

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