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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch: Instacart Could Raise A Big New Round Of Funding Valuing It At $400 Million  —  On-demand grocery startup Instacart is fielding term sheets for a big new round of funding, according to sources.  We've heard the new financing could be led by a non-VC investor, and according to one source it would value the company at up to $400 million.

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Brett Molina / USA Today: Zynga designs its flagship for mobile, launches FarmVille 2: Country Escape on iOS and Android  —  Zynga bets the Farm(Ville) on mobile  —  After spending years building its wealth through the desktop computer, Zynga is ready to bet the farm on mobile.  —  On Thursday, the video game maker launches …

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire: UberX adds $1 ‘Safe Rides Fee’ for passengers, reinstates 20% commission fee for drivers  —  UberX customers, take note: Your rides are about to cost a little more.  In an email sent to UberX Seattle drivers, the company notes a new “Safe Rides Fee,” that takes effect today.

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security: 3 Million Customer Credit, Debit Cards Stolen in Michaels, Aaron Brothers Breaches  —  Nationwide arts and crafts chain Michaels Stores Inc. said today that two separate eight-month-long security breaches at its stores last year may have exposed as many as 3 million customer credit and debit cards.

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Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal: Nielsen and comScore Duel Over Mobile Ad-Tracking  —  Marketers have been pouring money into mobile, but they're still hungry for better tools to track the reach of their ads.  —  Now there are signs of progress at the big measurement firms.  —  Nielsen on Thursday will announce …

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Bertel King, Jr / Android Police: Unfinished ‘Easy Unlock’ Feature Creeps Into Chrome OS Dev  —  A new feature has snuck into the Chrome OS dev channel that, while not yet fully baked (okay, it's still mostly a block of ice), could one day allow users to unlock their Chromebooks automatically just by having their phone in close proximity.

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Jonathan Kizer / 9to5Google: Try before you buy: Google launches home try-on program for Glass  —  Google is allowing potential Explorers to try Glass before they shell out the $1,500 to actually buy the device, according to a Reddit user by the name of clide.  He posted various images of a home try-on kit …

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: AMD beats earnings targets as game console-chip shipments remain strong — but earnings are down big  —  Advanced Micro Devices reported financial results that beat Wall Street earnings targets thanks to strong sales of game console chips.  —  The chip maker reported a non-GAAP net profit …

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Seth Fiegerman / Mashable: Weibo Stock Rises 19% on First Day Despite Investor Concerns  —  Weibo stock closed at $20.24 a share, an increase of just under 20% on the day, despite investor concerns leading up to the initial public offering.  —  Weibo priced its IPO at $17 a share, at the low end of its proposed price range …

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Dan Seifert / The Verge: Amazon to expand Fire TV's voice search with support for Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime  —  Amazon announced today that the voice search functionality in its Fire TV media streaming box would soon be expanded to include information from Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime Anytime.

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Ben Woods / The Next Web: Optimizely launches platform for testing and tweaking your native iOS apps  —  Optimizely, a website optimization platform, has launched a beta of its iOS testing tools, which allow technical and non-technical users to optimize native apps for Apple devices.

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Dogan News Agency: Turkey's telecommunications agency to blur “malicious content” on Twitter  —  Twitter posts to be blurred to eliminate ‘malicious content,’ minister says … Turkey's telecommunication authority will pixelate Twitter posts to eliminate “malicious content,” …

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Kim Zetter / Wired: Grams, a Tor-accessible search engine for contraband, aims to be the Google of Dark Web  —  New ‘Google’ for the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy  —  The dark web just got a little less dark with the launch of a new search engine that lets you easily find illicit drugs and other contraband online.

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Matt Buedel / Journal Star: Twitter account impersonating Peoria, Illinois mayor leads to police raid, arrests  —  Fake Peoria mayor Twitter account prompts real raid of West Bluff house  —  Police searched a West Bluff house Tuesday and seized phones and computers in an effort to unmask the author of a parody Twitter account …

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Alex Hern / Guardian: Tor may be forced to cut back capacity after Heartbleed bug  —  The secure service may have to remove vulnerable servers affected by the bug, the network's co-founder warns  —  Tor, the secure networking service, may have to close down an eighth of its capacity as a result of the Heartbleed flaw.

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The Sonos Blog: Sonos software update lets it connect completely wirelessly, $50 Bridge unit no longer needed  —  Our Vision for Rock-Solid Wireless, Evolved  —  From the archives: drawing of the original Sonos architecture, 2003.  —  We created the Sonos Wireless HiFi System to provide music lovers …

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Chris Velazco / Engadget: GoogolPlex intercepts Siri commands, lets it control third-party apps like Spotify and Google Maps  —  College kids gave Siri new powers and now you can too  —  We already know Apple is working on improving Siri, but gosh dangit, the folks in Cupertino just aren't moving as fast as some would like.

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Lending Club Raises $115 Million, Acquires Springstone Financial for $140 Million  —  Lending Club, the online market that connects borrowers looking for loans with individuals with the money to fund them, has acquired Springstone Financial for about $140 million in cash and stock, the company said this morning.

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Liz Gannes / Re/code: As It Becomes an App Platform, Dropbox Gobbles Up More Than One App Startup Per Month  —  Once a simple way to move stuff around between devices and people, Dropbox now wants to be a platform for apps that help people deal more deeply with that stuff.  —  In addition to a massive hiring spurt …

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Jan Senderek / Loom: Dropbox acquires Loom, will shut it down and migrate users to Carousel by May 16  —  Loom is joining Dropbox  —  We have some exciting news that we wanted to share with you.  Loom is now officially part of Dropbox, and we couldn't be happier to join forces!

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook Launches “Nearby Friends” With Opt-In Real-Time Location Sharing To Help You Meet Up  —  Today Facebook begins rolling out a new opt-in feature called Nearby Friends.  It lets friends see approximately how far away you are from them, and you can share your exact, on-going location with them for a limited time.

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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google: MLB At Bat iOS and Android apps add Chromecast support for Premium subscribers  —  Google announced today on its Chrome blog that Major League Baseball is adding support for its $35 Chromecast streaming stick through the MLB At Bat app for Android and iOS.  That means that users with the app …

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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom: LG releases open source Connect SDK, wants every TV to behave like Chromecast  —  Mobile app developers just got a bit of a break when it comes to bringing their content to the TV screen, courtesy of LG: The consumer electronics maker released an open source Connect SDK Thursday …

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Aereo Launches ProtectMyAntenna.org To Explain Its Position Vs. Broadcasters  —  Aereo is about to present its case to the U.S. Supreme Court, but first it wants to present its case to you.  Today, the startup launched ProtectMyAntenna.org, a website designed to inform its users about Aereo's tech …

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: RunKeeper's new Breeze app tracks every step you take  —  RunKeeper is one of the most popular run-tracking apps for the iPhone, and today it's launching a new app called Breeze to take count of how much you're walking around too.  The app works only on the iPhone 5S and is based around …

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