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Dan Seifert / The Verge: Dell Chromebook 11 review: solid build quality and 10 hour battery life for under $300  —  Dell Chromebook 11 review  —  There's a new king in Chromebook town  —  Chromebooks are the simplest computers you can buy today, but they've proven a tricky formula for manufacturers to get right.

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David Carr / New York Times: Content creators are skeptical of Yahoo's plans to produce high-quality television  —  Yahoo Rolls the Dice on TV  —  Yahoo, a company that seems like a permanent adolescent in search of an identity, is about to try a new persona: high-quality television programmer.

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Don Melton: Former Safari chief Don Melton recounts his encounters with Steve Jobs at Apple and NeXT  —  Memories of Steve  —  A version of this article about Steve Jobs first appeared in The Loop Magazine on his birthday during February of this year.  Jim Dalrymple edited the original down in size …

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David Streitfeld / New York Times: Free of the desire to do the right thing, highest-paid CEO Larry Ellison does what he wants  —  Still No. 1, and Doing What He Wants  —  It is good to be the king.  It is even better to be Larry Ellison.  —  Most of us spend much of our lives thinking that we should do the right thing …

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Sarah Frier / Bloomberg: A look at Facebook's behind-the-scenes hardware operation, which helped draw Oculus  —  Facebook's Hardware Push Behind the Scenes Draws Oculus  —  Hidden away in Building 17 of Facebook Inc.'s headquarters is a 170-person team that's toiling away on products not usually associated with a social-networking company: hardware.

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Zoran Basich / Wall Street Journal: Andreessen warns companies of “abusive” renegotiation tactics by non-Silicon Valley PE firms  —  Andreessen: Beware Non-Silicon Valley Investors Bearing High Valuations  —  Marc Andreessen and his firm Andreessen Horowitz are advising their portfolio companies to be …

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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld: IRS misses XP deadline, pays Microsoft millions for patches  —  Tax collector has 58,000 PCs still running the aged XP; will spend $30M to upgrade to Windows 7  —  The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) acknowledged this week that it missed the April 8 cut-off for Windows XP support …

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Steve Marquess / Speeds and Feeds: OpenSSL Software Foundation president: we need support for a team of 6+ full-time workers  —  Of Money, Responsibility, and Pride  —  Fate has made me the “money guy” for OpenSSL so I'm going to talk about that for a bit.  —  As has been well reported in the news of late …

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Nick Bilton / New York Times: Graphene: the strong, thin, flexible conductor that could change the electronics industry  —  Bend It, Charge It, Dunk It: Graphene, the Material of Tomorrow  —  I just want to say one word to you.  Just one word.  —  No, fans of “The Graduate,” the word isn't “plastics.”  —  It's “graphene.”

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Alyson Shontell / Business Insider: FRED WILSON Q&A: The Legendary Investor Talks Retirement, Tumblr's Exit, And Getting Over A Tough Year  —  It took Fred Wilson 10 years to become what he calls a “half-way decent” venture capitalist.  It took him 20 to become a startup legend.  —  Lately, rumors have swirled that the Zynga …

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Washington Post: Google, once disdainful of lobbying, now a master of Washington influence  —  In May 2012, the law school at George Mason University hosted a forum billed as a “vibrant discussion” about Internet search competition.  Many of the major players in the field were there — regulators …

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Jeff Bezos is making payments a top area of focus and investment at Amazon  —  Jeff Bezos to Amazon Payments Team: Move Faster  —  The payments industry has been waiting for years for Amazon, with its 215 million credit cards on file, to flex its muscles.  Apparently, CEO Jeff Bezos has been, too.

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Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom: “Brightest Flashlight” Android app disclosed location of 50 million people, but FTC imposes no fine  —  Even judging by the low standards of creepy data-mining apps, “Brightest Flashlight” did something pretty egregious.  The free app, which was installed by at least 50 million Android users …

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Kyle Russell / Business Insider: A BI reporter whose Google Glass was stolen off his face in SF reflects on the tech protests  —  I Was Assaulted For Wearing Google Glass In The Wrong Part Of San Francisco  —  On Friday night, I was assaulted while walking down the sidewalk in the Mission District of San Francisco.

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Julian Sanchez / Guardian: Even if the NSA first learned about Heartbleed this April, it could use the bug to decrypt data retained prior to that  —  The NSA's Heartbleed problem is the problem with the NSA  —  What the agency's denial isn't telling you: it didn't even need know about the bug to vacuum your privacy and store it indefinitely

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Zenon Evans / Hit & Run: Let Me Google That For You Act aims to close federal agency selling copies of freely downloadable documents  —  Sen. Coburn: Replace National Technology Information Service with Google and Save Millions  —  The National Technology Information Service (NTIS) will sell you a paper copy …

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Federico Viticci / MacStories: Reeder 2 for Mac Public Beta Now Available  —  Nine months after being pulled from the Mac App Store following the Google Reader shutdown, Reeder for Mac, Silvio Rizzi's popular desktop RSS client, is back with a public beta that offers a glimpse at the app's new service integrations …

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David E. Sanger / New York Times: Obama Lets N.S.A. Exploit Some Internet Flaws, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — Stepping into a heated debate within the nation's intelligence agencies, President Obama has decided that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in Internet security, it should — in most circumstances …

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David E. Sanger / New York Times: Obama Lets N.S.A. Exploit Some Internet Flaws, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — Stepping into a heated debate within the nation's intelligence agencies, President Obama has decided that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in Internet security, it should — in most circumstances …

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Shara Tibken / CNET: Google's Android VP of engineering testifies for Samsung, says iPhone features weren't copied  —  Google exec: We never copied iPhone features for Android  —  Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google VP of engineering for Android, takes the stand for Samsung in its patent infringement trial against Apple.

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Megan Geuss / Ars Technica: Private crypto keys are accessible to Heartbleed hackers, new data shows  —  Four people have been able to see server keys and certificates in a test.  —  Contrary to previous suspicions, it is possible for hackers exploiting the catastrophic vulnerability dubbed Heartbleed to extract …

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Hunter Walk: Gil Penchina interviewed on plans for his leaderboard-topping $3.3M AngelList syndicate  —  Gil Penchina's Army: How AngelList's Largest Syndicate Plans to Lead A Rounds, Hire An Associate & Keep VCs Honest  —  Gil Penchina doesn't appear in TechCrunch or Valleywag often.  He tweets infrequently.

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Fulya Ozerkan / Agence France-Presse: Turkey PM threatens to ‘go after’ Twitter for tax evasion  —  Ankara (AFP) - Turkey's prime minister said Saturday he will “go after” Twitter, accusing the site of tax-evasion, after it was used to spread damaging leaks implicating his inner circle in corruption claims.

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Cam Simpson / Businessweek: Samsung facing more scrutiny in South Korea over its cancer-stricken semiconductor workers  —  Samsung's War at Home  —  Just inside his single-story home, built of concrete blocks and coated in turquoise paint, Hwang Sang-ki, a 58-year-old Korean taxi driver, sits on a floor mat.

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San Francisco Chronicle: Salesforce leasing half of planned 61-story Transbay Tower, tallest in SF after 2017 opening  —  Salesforce makes landmark deal to lease half of Transbay Tower  —  Salesforce.com will lease half of the planned Transbay Tower in a landmark real estate deal that puts San Francisco's largest …

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