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Alex Wawro / Gamasutra: How Glu Mobile refit an earlier game to make chart-topping “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood”  —  Q&A: Keeping up with hit mobile game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood  —  Reality TV star and actress Kim Kardashian has conquered everything from cable TV to bottled water with some stupendous branding tactics.

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Paul Sawers / The Next Web: Premium not freemium: Fleksy follows in SwiftKey's footsteps with a new store for themes  —  Fleksy's regular Android updates continues today with the news that the smart keyboard app is getting a general design refresh alongside a brand new Fleksy Store for premium content.

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Barb Darrow / Gigaom: AWS in fight of its life as customers like Dropbox ponder hybrid clouds and Google pricing  —  AWS doesn't have the public cloud to itself anymore.  It faces two gigantic competitors trying to poach reference customers and growing adoption of hybrid cloud.  —  For many years Amazon Web Services was the only public cloud in town.

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Brendan Sasso / National Journal: Cable Companies: Google Threatens Net Neutrality, Not Us  —  Internet service providers are urging the FCC to regulate popular websites.  —  The real threat to online freedom is from Internet giants like Google and Netflix, according to major cable companies.

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Megha Bahree / New York Times: Indian startups like Autowale connect auto-rickshaw drivers with riders via SMS  —  Text and Ride in India  —  PUNE, India — When Praveen Narayan Dusane first started driving an auto-rickshaw in this crowded college town, he had to hustle for every rupee.  He could wait hours at a rickshaw stand for passengers.

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Kevin Bullis / MIT Technology Review: Researchers demo cheaper resistive random access memory fabrication, raising prospect of terabyte chips for smartphones  —  Super-Dense Computer Memory  —  Researchers have discovered a new way to make chips that could pack terabytes into smartphones.  —  A novel type of computer memory could …

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Anil Dash / Medium: As messages intended for friends increasingly become media fodder, what does “public” mean?  —  What Is Public?  —  It's so simple, right?  —  Someone could make off with all your garbage that's put out on the street, and carefully record how many used condoms or pregnancy tests …

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Mark Sullivan / VentureBeat: Marc Andreessen takes to Twitter to quote bad predictions about Facebook through the years  —  Marc Andreessen takes a walk down memory lane with Facebook doubters  —  Marc Andreessen has been a Facebook investor from very early on.  Andreesson, who has been given to launching …

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Catherine Shu / TechCrunch: Rocket Internet's Easy Taxi Raises $40M Series D To Expand In Asia, Latin America  —  Easy Taxi, Rocket Internet's taxi calling app, announced today that it has raised a Series D round of $40 million, led by Phenomen Ventures with participation from Tengelmann Ventures, the investment arm of German retail giant Tengelmann Group.

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Kevin Roose / New York Magazine: Lyft CEO John Zimmer on the Company's New York Debut, Regulation, and the Taxi Industry  —  “I do think the pace at which we’re moving to create something new and the pace at which rules are created are at odds.”  —  Coming to New York as an idealistic, wide-eyed upstart can be dangerous.

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Associated Press: Social networks Bubblews and Bonzo Me pay users for posts that attract traffic and advertisers  —  Get paid for posts?  Social networking's new twist  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared -except the money those posts produce.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Amazon Rolls Out A YouTube-Like “Video Shorts” Section On Instant Video  —  Amazon's Instant Video service has traditionally been thought of as both a rival to iTunes and Netflix, in terms of offering movies and TV shows for rent, purchase or for free streaming via the company's Amazon Prime membership program.

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Kaylene Hong / The Next Web: China's Baidu follows in Google's footsteps as it reveals it's working on partial self-drive cars  —  Google took the wraps off its self-driving cars in May, and now Baidu — commonly known as China's Google — has also revealed that it is working on a similar project.

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Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table: How later IPOs and other big trends are changing the structure of the VC industry  —  The Changing Structure of the VC Industry  —  There has been much discussion in the past few years of the changing structure of the venture capital industry.  —  On the surface the narratives have been

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Carmel DeAmicis / Gigaom: Max Levchin's latest: Homer, a creepily intimate look at what apps your friends use  —  Max Levchin's latest product, Homer, lets you see your friends' phone screens to discover new apps.  It also unwittingly provides a fascinating window into their lives.  —  My gchat pinged.  “Why do you have Glow?

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Peter Kafka / Re/code: Why Doesn't Facebook Want to Brag About Its Billion-Dollar App Ad Business?  —  Did you think that Facebook's amazing mobile ad story — mobile was a big, troublesome zero two years ago, and 62 percent of the company's ad revenue yesterday — was fueled by app install ads?

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Andy Greenberg / Wired: With photo-based key-copying services like KeyMe, simply allowing others to view your keys poses a security problem  —  The App I Used to Break Into My Neighbor's Home  —  When I broke into my neighbor's home earlier this week, I didn't use any cat burglar skills.  I don't know how to pick locks.

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Michael Crider / Android Police: Leaked Photos Of A Motorola Pre-Production Device: This May Be The Moto X+1  —  We've been hearing rumors and seeing at least some evidence of a new Motorola flagship for the past few months.  The Moto X was released in August of last year, which makes it just about time for a refresh in the current yearly phone cycle.

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google Translate Adds Crowdsourcing Features To Improve Its Translations  —  Over the years, Google Translate has gotten significantly better at giving its users (relatively) legible translations fo most commonly used languages.  It's still far off from being perfect, though …

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Nate Raymond / Reuters: Judge Denise Cote concerned about e-book settlement because Apple's liability could fall from $450M to $70M if her ruling is reversed on a minor issue  —  U.S. judge says she is troubled by Apple $450 million e-books deal  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday expressed concern …

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TechCrunch: Apple Secretly Acquired “Pandora For Books” Startup BookLamp To Battle Amazon  —  TechCrunch has learned that Apple has made another acquisition, one that it is using to boost its e-books effort and “beat Amazon at its own game.”  It has bought BookLamp, a startup based out of Boise, Idaho …

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Peter Kafka / Re/code: Vevo, the Giant Music Video Site, Tries to Fix Itself Before It Sells Itself  —  Music videos are huge on the Web, and Vevo is huge in music videos.  It generates six billion views a month, and is crucial to both the music industry and YouTube.  —  Now Vevo's owners want to find a new investor …

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Andrew Chung / Reuters: Bose sues Beats over headphone noise-cancellation patents  —  (Reuters) - High-end sound system and headphone maker Bose Corp is going after the newer kid on the block, Beats Electronics, with a lawsuit accusing Beats of infringing several patents related to noise-cancellation technology.

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Laura Slattery / The Irish Times: Google pays €27.7m tax at Irish subsidiary on €17bn revenue  —  ‘Administrative expenses’ of €11.7bn stripped out from Google Ireland Ltd, accounts show  —  Revenue at Google's Irish subsidiary rose 10 per cent last year to €17 billion, with pretax profits climbing almost 23 per cent to €189.1 million.

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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch: Homejoy expands beyond cleaning, starts offering plumbing, handyman, landscaping, painting and other home services as beta to some customers  —  Homejoy Expands Beyond Cleaning With Beta Test Of Home Services  —  When Homejoy raised its $38 million round of funding last December …

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