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Dan Levy / Bloomberg: LinkedIn to fully lease 26-floor tower in San Francisco with about 450K sq. ft. office space  —  LinkedIn Said to Fully Lease Tishman's San Francisco Tower  —  LinkedIn Corp. (LNKD) has agreed to fully lease a San Francisco office tower being built by Tishman Speyer Properties LP …

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Adam Satariano / Bloomberg: Study: households spent 10% less at Amazon in states where online sales tax introduced  —  Amazon Sales Take a Hit in States With Online Tax  —  Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) is taking a hit in states that are collecting an online sales tax.  —  In one of the first efforts to quantify the impact …

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Miriam Elder / BuzzFeed: CEO Of “Russian Facebook” Says He Was Fired And That The Social Network Is Now In The Hands Of Putin Allies  —  So ends the slow unravelling of independence at VKontakte, Russia's most popular social network.  —  VKontakte founder Pavel Durov in 2012.  —  Nadine Rupp / Getty Images

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Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal: Local police struggle with online crime as federal agencies take on only the largest cases  —  Police Grapple With Cybercrime  —  State, Local Law Enforcement Struggle to Keep Up as Online Cases Grow; FBI Lends a Hand in Utah  —  When cybercriminals stole $2.5 million from the state of Utah in 2009 …

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Alyson Shontell / Business Insider: Julie Ann Horvath and Theresa Preston-Werner respond as GitHub announces founder's resignation  —  A Beloved Silicon Valley Startup Is Under Fire For The Way A Female Employee Was Treated — The GitHub Fiasco, Explained  —  Last year, GitHub appeared to be the perfect Silicon Valley startup.

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John McDuling / Quartz: Why the music industry is trying—and failing—to crush Pandora  —  This year marks the 15th anniversary of the launch of Napster, the file sharing service that disrupted the music business and conditioned a generation of consumers to expect to be able to listen to their favorite songs for free.

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Google finally combines text and chat conversations in Hangouts  —  Google is crossing off a major complaint about Hangouts this week: the messaging app will finally merge your SMS and Hangouts conversations.  Users can pick between Hangouts and SMS when sending a given message, but that's it.

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Joe Mullin / Ars Technica: Judge invalidates two Intellectual Ventures patents, ending lawsuit against Capital One before jury trial  —  For world's biggest troll, first patent case ends up in tatters  —  Intellectual Ventures founder Nathan Myhrvold reads Slashdot.  —  Intellectual Ventures

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AppleInsider: Intel's next-gen Thunderbolt rumored to hit 40Gbps transfer speeds with new connector  —  In a purported presentation slide leaked to the Web on Monday, Intel outlines its next-generation Thunderbolt specification — “Alpine Ridge” — that will boast double the throughput of current Thunderbolt 2 interface …

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Todd Spangler / Variety: Comcast: Netflix's Opposition to Time Warner Cable Deal Is About Shifting Costs to All Broadband Users  —  Comcast accused Netflix of coming out against the cable operator's proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable as driven by a desire to shift delivery costs to all broadband users …

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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web: Google Glass update to add SMS for iPhone support and Calendar Glassware app later this week  —  Google today announced the latest update to its Glass project, adding two new features for those who have shelled out $1,500 for the wearable device.  The new additions include SMS for iPhone and Calendar Glassware.

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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch: Airbnb Scrubs Thousands Of Listings From ‘Bad Actor’ Hosts Ahead Of NY Subpoena Hearing  —  In preparation for oral arguments being held in its New York subpoena case tomorrow, Airbnb is eliminating dozens of listings on its site from hosts who have been accused of being bad actors and running illegal hotel operations on the platform.

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Mark Hearn / 9to5Google: Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet available May 4th for $500  —  If you don't like the idea of waiting for new Nexus tablets to materialize, Sony's new Xperia Z2 is now available to pre-order from the company's web store and will go on sale on May 4th.  For $500, this waterproof slab ships with 16GB of storage …

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: AT&T copies Google, names 100 cities where it could offer gigabit fiber  —  Two months after Google announced that it will try to bring fiber Internet to 34 cities in nine metro areas, AT&T today said it will “expand its ultra-fast fiber network to up to 100 candidate cities and municipalities nationwide …

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Shara Tibken / CNET: Samsung expert: Apple should get only $38.4M for infringement, not $2.2B  —  Assuming Samsung infringed Apple's five patents, Apple should receive $1.75 per device in royalties, not the $40 Apple has requested, a Samsung expert argues.  Samsung rested its case after the expert testimony.

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: Netflix opposes Comcast-TWC merger over ‘anticompetitive’ concerns  —  Netflix has come out in opposition of Comcast's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable, writing in a letter to shareholders that the merger would give the combined service provider “even more anticompetitive leverage” …

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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land: Yahoo Testing A Knowledge Graph Lookalike In Search Results  —  One of Yahoo's latest search results tests should look awfully familiar.  —  The website All Google Testing discovered a test that turns the right column of Yahoo's search results page into a dead ringer for Google's Knowledge Graph.

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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters: U.S. judge dismisses case against Twitter alleging pre-IPO fraud  —  (Reuters) - Twitter Inc has won the dismissal of an unusual lawsuit accusing the social media company of fraudulently arranging a private stock sale it never intended to complete, with a goal of stoking interest in its November 2013 initial public offering.

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Tom Preston-Werner: Tom Preston-Werner moving on to an immersive computing startup, warns of action against “further false claims”  —  Farewell GitHub, Hello Immersive Computing  —  Today is my last day at GitHub.  Recent events have given me a lot of time to reflect on what's important to me …

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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch: Netflix Beats Expectations With 4M New Subscribers, Earnings Of 86 Cents Per Share  —  Netflix today released its first-quarter financial results, with the company beating analyst expectations.  For the first three months of the year, the company reported earnings of 86 cents per share on revenues of $1.27 billion.

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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom: Netflix to raise prices for new members $1-2 this quarter, existing members will stay at current pricing “for a generous time period”  —  Netflix will raise streaming prices for new members this quarter  —  Netflix will raise its streaming prices for the first time since 2010 this quarter.

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Chris Wanstrath / GitHub: GitHub founder Tom Preston-Werner resigns after investigation finds errors of judgment but no gender-based harassment  —  Results of the GitHub Investigation  —  Last month, a number of allegations were made against GitHub and some of its employees, including one of its co-founders, Tom Preston-Werner.

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Tricia Duryee / GeekWire: Gates-backed inBloom winding down after non-profit faces concerns over privacy  —  InBloom, which was backed by $100 million from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others, is closing up shop after parents worried that its database technology was violating their children's privacy.

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Apple Interviewing Job Candidates for Mobile Payments Push  —  Apple has been interviewing senior payments industry executives to push ahead on a plan to build an electronic payments business, according to two people familiar with the process.  —  The company has been meeting with potential applicants …

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New York Times: US provided $2.8M for mesh network in Tunisia for dissidents to communicate securely without governmental spying  —  U.S. Promotes Network to Foil Digital Spying  —  SAYADA, Tunisia — This Mediterranean fishing town, with its low, whitewashed buildings and sleepy port …

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