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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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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web: Facebook's Paper for iOS updated with birthdays, events, photo comments, group updates, and more  —  Facebook today released the first major update to its Paper for iOS app, adding a slew of new features just 10 weeks after the initial launch.  You can download the new version now directly from Apple's App Store.

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Don Clark / Wall Street Journal: Samsung, Globalfoundries in pact to adopt same production process to woo customers from TSMC  —  Samsung, Globalfoundries Agree to Adopt Same Production Process  —  Unusual Alliance Could Please Chip Customers Such as Apple  —  Samsung Electronics Co. and Globalfoundries Inc. said Thursday …

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Eric Johnson / Re/code: King Resolves Trademark Disputes With Two Independent Developers  —  Candy Crush Saga maker King has resolved its trademark disputes with the developers of two independent games, The Banner Saga and CandySwipe.  —  The mobile gaming giant had initially opposed Stoic's attempt to trademark …

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Jon Russell / The Next Web: Samsung hints that Milk Music will ‘soon’ include ads, and offer a $3.99/month premium service  —  When Samsung introduced its first Internet radio service Milk Music in March, one of the things that stood out was that it was available free and without ads.  That may change soon, according to information disclosed by Samsung today.

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Deep Nishar / Official LinkedIn Blog: LinkedIn hits 300M members, 100M in US, says mobile traffic will beat desktop later this year  —  The Next Three Billion [INFOGRAPHIC]  —  We are excited to announce that we reached a big milestone today: there are now more than 300 million LinkedIn members in the world!

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Google Trends Debuts Email Notifications For Search Topics, Hot Searches And More  —  Google Trends, the informative resource that shows you what's currently popular around the web right now in and in the recent past, now offers email subscriptions, Google announced this morning.

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Robin Wauters / Tech.eu: Tech exits in Europe Q1 2014: 49 total, Germany and Israel lead, 43.7% of acquirers from US  —  Everything you've always wanted to know about tech exits in Europe: Tech.eu M&A report - Q1 2014  —  In early March, I stopped to take note of the flurry of (admittedly mostly small-sized) …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: App Search Engine Quixey Acquires Competing Service Kite.io  —  Mobile app search engine Quixey, backed by $75 million from Alibaba, Innovation Endeavors, Translink Capital and others, has put some of those dollars to use by acquiring a smaller, competing app search startup, San Francisco-based Kite.io.

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Joe Mullin / Ars Technica: Court rules Apple-backed Rockstar must fight case against Google in California, not Texas  —  Google wins a game of “Escape from East Texas,” linking Rockstar to Apple  —  A federal judge issued an order today decreeing that Google's court battle against a “patent troll” …

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Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal: HTC hires former Samsung marketing chief Paul Golden, who helped create the Galaxy brand  —  HTC Hires Former Samsung Marketing Chief  —  Paul Golden Helped Create Galaxy Brand at South Korean Company  —  HTC Corp. is hoping to nab a bit of that Samsung shine, as it has hired …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google Analytics Now Lets You Track Web And App Data In A Single View  —  Here is a small but important update to Google Analytics: Developers can now create a single reporting view that includes both web and app data.  Google says this will help businesses that have multiple digital touchpoints …

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Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom: Citymapper raises $10M to help you navigate on buses and trains  —  Citymapper, a mapping app that specializes in navigating the complexities of public transportation in big cities, has raised a $10 million Series A round led by Balderton Capital with participation from Connect Ventures, Index Ventures and Greylock Partners.

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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web: Microsoft starts letting Windows Phone developers respond to app reviews  —  Microsoft today announced the launch of a pilot program that lets Windows Phone developers respond to app reviews.  The company says the roll-out will begin this week with a small group of developers who have been pre-selected …

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