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Brian Chesky / The Huffington Post: Airbnb CEO: we could collect $21M per year in taxes for New York if tax laws change  —  The $21 Million Problem  —  As New Yorkers prepare to finish their taxes and send checks to New York City and State, it's worth considering a simple fact: my company is legally prohibited from helping collect …

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Hunter Walker / Business Insider: NY state senator: NY Post story on hookers using Airbnb points to gambling, drug activity next  —  New York Lawmaker Warns That AirBNB Could Be Used For Gambling And Drugs Next  —  New York State Senator Liz Krueger issued a statement saying a New York Post report published Monday …

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Kara Swisher / Re/code: Yahoo's Q1 Earnings as Meh as Expected, But China's Alibaba Doing Great!  —  Yahoo pretty much came in on target in the first quarter with what Wall Street had been expecting, earning 38 cents a share on $1.087 billion in revenue.  Minus traffic acquisition costs, that meant a pretty weak one percent increase in revenue.

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Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch: Intel Meets In Q1 With Revenue Of $12.8B, EPS Of $0.38 On Back Of Recovering PC Market  —  Following the closing bell today, Intel reported its first quarter results, including revenue of $12.764 billion, and earnings per share of $0.38.  The results roughly match analyst expectations …

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Website-Building Platform Squarespace Raises Another $40M  —  Squarespace, which offers tools for individuals and small businesses to build websites and online stores, just announced that it has raised $40 million in Series B funding.  —  The funding comes from growth equity firm General Atlantic.

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Seth Rosenblatt / CNET: Google targeting Project Ara modular phone for January 2015  —  The company wants a base “gray phone” model of its Project Ara modular smartphone available by early next year.  —  Google's Project Ara project coordinator David Fishman and team leader Paul Eremenko  —  Seth Rosenblatt/CNET

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Erin Griffith / Fortune: Digital financial advisers bulk up: Betterment raises $32 million  —  Funding comes on the heels of competitor Wealthfront raising $35 million.  —  FORTUNE — A crop of new websites is fighting to help manage your money.  They're offering lower fees than traditional financial advisers …

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Steve Dent / Engadget: Toshiba's first 4K laptop arrives next week for $1,500  —  After launching its first 4K laptop in the UK, Toshiba has just announced US availability.  It'll be the P55T rather than the P50T, but as before, it's a 15.6-inch laptop with a 3,840 x 2,160 pixels resolution — a staggering 282 PPI, if you're scoring at home.

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Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch: Microsoft Announces New Tools Bringing The Cloud To The Internet Of Things, Uniting Hadoop And SQL  —  This morning in San Francisco, Microsoft announced several new data-focused tools in front of a cadre of customers and partners, not to mention a decent-sized grouping of press.

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John Cook / GeekWire: Legal marketplace Avvo accelerates with $37.5M, eyes international expansion and new products  —  Avvo has attracted $37.5 million in fresh capital, a huge capital infusion that the Seattle company will use to grow its marketplace for matching attorneys and clients.

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Reuters: Exclusive: Turmoil at Symantec luring activists, buyers - sources  —  (Reuters) - The abrupt firing of Symantec Corp Chief Executive Officer Steve Bennett last month is attracting activist investors and private equity firms to the U.S. security software maker, in a development that could potentially lead …

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Jon Gertner / Fast Company: Inside Google X: lab reveals it experimented with space elevators and hoverboards  —  The Truth About Google X: An Exclusive Look Behind The Secretive Lab's Closed Doors  —  SPACE ELEVATORS, TELEPORTATION, HOVERBOARDS, AND DRIVERLESS CARS: THE TOP-SECRET GOOGLE X INNOVATION LAB OPENS UP ABOUT WHAT IT DOES—AND HOW IT THINKS.

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Mike Isaac / Re/code: Twitter Taps Google Maps Director Daniel Graf for Product VP Role  —  Twitter announced Tuesday it had named Daniel Graf as its new vice president of consumer product.  —  Graf most recently comes from Google, where had he led efforts on the company's Google Maps project since 2012.

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge: Building blocks: how Project Ara is reinventing the smartphone  —  A handful of Google engineers and designers are building a phone the DARPA way  —  In a spare, drab office park in Sunnyvale, California, a bunch of two-by-fours and foamboard have been nailed together into a makeshift model of a shipping container.

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Erin Griffith / Fortune: After Apple buys Topsy, Twitter plays defense by acquiring Gnip, one of four Twitter data resellers  —  Twitter buys big data reseller Gnip to keep it away from competitors  —  Deal follows Apple's acquisition of Topsy, one of just four Twitter data resellers.

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Jack Purcher / Patent Bolt: Google Invents Micro Camera System for Future Contact Lenses  —  Last month Google surprised the market with a new wearable Glass off-shoot project relating to future smart contact lenses.  Our report that was titled “Google Takes their Glass Vision to Smart Contact Lenses,” …

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Euan Rocha / Reuters: BlackBerry buys minority stake in healthcare IT company NantHealth, moves into niche markets  —  BlackBerry buys minority stake in healthcare IT firm  —  (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd said on Tuesday it bought a minority stake in privately held healthcare IT firm NantHealth …

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Evelyn M. Rusli / Wall Street Journal: AngelList's Newest Experiment: a $25 Million Fund to Invest in Angel Investors  —  A new experiment in startup funding could have widespread ramifications for the way venture capitalists place bets on young companies.  —  On Tuesday, crowdsourced fundraising site AngelList unveiled a new fund …

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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web: Microsoft launches Office 365 Personal subscription: One PC/Mac and one tablet for $69.99/year or $6.99/month  —  Microsoft today launched its Office 365 Personal subscription, a cheaper alternative that is limited to just two devices: one PC or Mac and one tablet.

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Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Google: Samsung Galaxy S5 vulnerable to same fingerprint hack as iPhone 5s  —  The same German security researchers who demonstrated a hack of the iPhone 5s Touch ID fingerprint sensor have released a video showing that the same hack also works with the Samsung Galaxy S5.

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Matt Burns / TechCrunch: Amazon's Smartphone To Feature Unique But Limited 3D Effects  —  TechCrunch has learned that Amazon's upcoming flagship smartphone, running a forked version of Android, will have head-tracking capabilities offering up limited 3D effects.  This key feature will be reserved to just a few built-in gestures …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Mobile Control In The Cloud: ItsOn Raises $12.5M From Tenaya And Andreessen Horowitz  —  ItsOn, startup founded by alums from Qualcomm, Nokia and Yahoo that has developed a cloud-based mobile services platform that it sells as both a B2B and B2C product, is today confirming that it has raised …

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Larry Dignan / ZDNet: Zebra's $3.45 billion enterprise Internet of things play: Cloud software will be the glue  —  Summary: Zebra buys Motorola Solutions' enterprise unit for $3.45 billion and risks indigestion.  Its Zatar cloud software will need to be the glue that binds the two businesses and delivers so-called synergies.

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Zach Epstein / BGR: Report: Amazon's 4.7-inch 720p smartphone to have glasses-free 3D UI, 2GB RAM, 13MP camera  —  This is Amazon's smartphone  —  BGR gives the world an exclusive first look at the unannounced smartphone Amazon is set to debut in the coming months  —  After years of development …

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Mike Isaac / Re/code: With Gnip Buy, Twitter Starts Taking Its Data Business Seriously  —  Twitter announced it has acquired Gnip, a Colorado-based startup that has worked closely with the microblogging service — and its wealth of user-generated data — for years.  —  If you're an average Twitter user …

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