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Ernesto / TorrentFreak: Spotify Starts Shutting Down Its Massive P2P Network  —  When Spotify launched its first beta in the fall of 2008, we branded it “an alternative to music piracy.”  —  With the option to stream millions of tracks supported by an occasional ad, or free of ads for a small subscription fee …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Google Launches Chrome Remote Desktop On Android, Allowing Mobile Access To Your PC  —  Google this morning launched a mobile client application called “Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android” (whew!) which allows for remote access to your Mac or PC from your Android device, whether smartphone or tablet.

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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld: Microsoft slashes Windows XP custom support prices just days before axing public patches  —  Reduces after-retirement support costs for large enterprises as much as 95%  —  Just days before Microsoft retired Windows XP from public support, the company drastically reduced the price …

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Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal: Jasper Raises $50M at $1 Billion-Plus Valuation For Internet Of Things  —  Jasper has raised $50 million in funding at a valuation of more than $1 billion for software that enables objects of all types—autos, baby pajamas, airplane engines and so on—to communicate in what has lately become known as the Internet of Things.

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Joe Silver / Ars Technica: Lavabit held in contempt of court for printing crypto key in tiny font [Updated]  —  Ladar Levison.  —  Photo by Gage Skidmore  —  A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a contempt of court ruling against Ladar Levison and his now-defunct encrypted e-mail service provider, Lavabit LLC …

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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google: Google's new Android Camera app arrives on Google Play Store  —  Following a report at the beginning of this month that Google was about to release a new, standalone Android camera app, today the app has officially made an appearance on the Google Play Store.

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The Korea Heald: LG to design mobile processors manufactured by TSMC, may use own chip in upcoming G3 phone  —  LG Electronics to produce mobile application processors  —  LG Electronics, Korea's second- largest consumer electronics company, is moving to develop mobile application processors for smart devices …

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Vlad Savov / The Verge: LG G3 launching this summer with 2560 x 1440 screen resolution, golden hue  —  LG will launch golden G3 with crazy resolution this summer  —  2560 x 1440 pixels in your front pocket  —  A third of the way into 2014, we already have new flagship phones from almost all the big Android handset makers …

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Pushing into game services, Unity buys predictive analytics startup Playnomics (exclusive)  —  Unity Technologies is expanding beyond its game engine to services with the acquisition of Playnomics, which provides predictive analytics for game developers, GamesBeat has learned.

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Nermin Hajdarbegovic / CoinDesk: Linguistic Researchers Name Nick Szabo as Author of Bitcoin Whitepaper  —  A group of forensic linguistics experts from Aston University believe the real creator of bitcoin is former law professor Nick Szabo.  —  This is not the first time Szabo has been outed as the ‘real’ Satoshi Nakamoto.

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Brad Linder / Liliputing: Amazon moves Kindle personal documents to Cloud Drive  —  Amazon's Kindle eReaders and tablets are designed to let you read books, magazines, and newspapers from the Kindle Store.  But an added perk has long been that customers can use a “Send to Kindle” feature to read text, HTML, Word …

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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times: Facebook's future: more single-purpose apps that may not bear the Facebook brand  —  The Future of Facebook May Not Say ‘Facebook’  —  In the two years since its rocky initial public offering, Facebook has become a strong business that regularly releases financial results that set investors' hearts aflutter.

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James Trew / Engadget: Samsung Gear 2 review: much improved, but that doesn't mean you should buy it  —  2013 was the year of the smartwatch.  In promise, anyway — maybe not delivery.  Of the many, many different, colorful and unusual timepieces that would populate our blogroll, it was perhaps Samsung's Galaxy Gear that made the most headlines.

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Wade Roush / Xconomy: Guy Kawasaki Aims to Democratize Design Through Aussie Startup Canva  —  Guy Kawasaki was once chief evangelist at Apple, the firm that redefined personal computing in the 1980s and 1990s and went on to become the world's most valuable company.  More recently, he went to work for Google …

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Liam Tung / ZDNet: Google says ‘all Glass spots claimed’ after one day sale, as KitKat rolls out  —  Summary: Google reckons its Glass Explorer club has reached capacity after the company opened it up to the public for one day only, but it's staying mum on numbers.  —  Liam Tung

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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch: Photo-Sharing App Frontback Comes To Android  —  Frontback just released the Android version of its popular photo-sharing app.  Previously, the app was only available on iOS.  But even with just the iPhone app, the app was downloaded one million times over the past eight months.

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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times: Q&A with Zuckerberg about Facebook unbundling, anonymity, acquisitions, and innovation  —  Can Facebook Innovate?  A Conversation With Mark Zuckerberg  —  For my column this week about Facebook's new approach to creating social apps, I spent some time talking to Mark E. Zuckerberg, the company's co-founder and chief executive.

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Michael Carney / PandoDaily: Grubwithus becomes Superb, a platform for discovering new places and which friends to share them with  —  Have you ever heard about a hot new restaurant far off the beaten path and wondered which of your friends would be willing to venture out and try it with you?

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Cadie Thompson / CNBC: Google expected to post big revenue, but watch out for margins  —  While Google is widely expected to post an impressive quarter when it reports earnings after the bell on Wednesday, investors will want to keep a close eye on the company's operating margins.

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Aaron Souppouris / The Verge: Samsung launches website highlighting ‘meaningful’ design  —  In the midst of a major “copycat” lawsuit, Samsung has launched a site that highlights original design from the company.  Emblazoned with the tagline “make it meaningful,” it's described as “a platform to present influential design stories …

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iFixit: Google Project Tango smartphone prototype teardown  —  Project Tango Teardown  —  It's 2014 and the future is now.  Google's engineers have been hard at work bringing the virtual to reality with projects like Google Glass, and their newest 3D mapping tech, Project Tango.

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Kyle Orland / Ars Technica: Study: 37% of the roughly 781M games owned on Steam have not been loaded even once  —  Introducing Steam Gauge: Ars reveals Steam's most popular games  —  Right now, I can tell you that about 37 percent of the roughly 781 million games registered to various Steam accounts haven't even been loaded a single time.

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac: 8 GB iPhone 5c now available in the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Ireland and others  —  After a brief period of downtime, the Apple Store around the world has now gone back up.  Aside from a bit of Mothers Day promotional advertising, there is no change to most regions.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Telefonica, Blackstone Launch Axonix, A Mobile Ad Exchange Built On Defunct MobClix Tech  —  Telefonica, the Spanish carrier with operations in 24 countries and 323 million customers, is making its latest bid to expand its business beyond basic mobile and telephone services, by moving into ad tech.

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Reuters: Samsung plans to launch Tizen smartphones in Q2 and an Android Wear smartwatch later this year  —  Samsung executive says Galaxy S5 to outsell S4, sees second quarter rollout for Tizen phone  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's new Galaxy S5 smartphone should outsell its predecessor …

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