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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Confirmed: Nasty Heartbleed bug exposes OpenVPN private keys, too — Private encryption keys have been successfully extracted multiple times from a virtual private network server running the widely used OpenVPN application with a vulnerable version of OpenSSL, adding yet more urgency to the call …
Weibo valued at $3.46 billion after bottom-end IPO pricing — (Reuters) - China's Weibo Corp will be valued at a lower-than-expected $3.46 billion when it goes public on the Nasdaq on Thursday, amidst concerns about the microblogging service's slowing user growth and the country's highly censored media environment.
Time Warner Cable bets big on easy and secure Wi-Fi, rolling out Hotspot 2.0 networkwide (Kevin Fitchard/Gigaom)
Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
Time Warner Cable bets big on easy and secure Wi-Fi, rolling out Hotspot 2.0 networkwide — Time Warner Cable has turned on the Hotspot 2. capabilities across its public Wi-Fi network, letting customers with newer smartphones or tablets connect to its 33,000-node wireless network without entering passwords …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Google's ‘Project Tango’ Smartphone Uses Apple's PrimeSense Technology — Earlier this year, Google unveiled “Project Tango,” an experimental smartphone that incorporates 3D sensors to allow users to map indoor and outdoor environments. — Reports suggested that the smartphone's 3D capabilities …
Texas Instruments adds iBeacon support to its Bluetooth LE chip and dev kit products (Jordan Kahn/9to5Mac)
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Texas Instruments adds iBeacon support to its Bluetooth LE chip and dev kit products — Texas Instruments announced today that it is adding iBeacon support across its Bluetooth LE chips and development kits. The company is starting by adding support to some of its Bluetooth wireless micro controllers …
Campaign Monitor, a decade-old Australian email marketing startup, raises $250M from Insight (Shira Ovide/Wall Street Journal)
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Campaign Monitor, a decade-old Australian email marketing startup, raises $250M from Insight — Australia's Campaign Monitor Raises $250 Million from Insight … A 10-year-old “startup” in Australia is joining the rarefied strata of buzzy young companies like Uber and Dropbox.
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
AT&T Threatens Boycott if TV Airwaves Auction Rules Aren't Changed — At least one of the largest wireless carriers in the U.S. is unhappy about the Federal Communications Commission's new proposed rules for an upcoming auction of TV airwaves, which would reserve some licenses for smaller companies.
Last-minute cancellation of flagship original series raises questions in Hollywood about Hulu's stability (Tom Dotan/The Information)
Tom Dotan / The Information:
Last-minute cancellation of flagship original series raises questions in Hollywood about Hulu's stability — Hollywood Questions Hulu as Video Landscape Shifts — When the owners of the online video site Hulu pulled the company off the auction block for the second time last summer …
How the Lens Blur mode in Google's new Camera app simulates shallow depth of field (Carlos Hernández/Google Research Blog)
Carlos Hernández / Google Research Blog:
How the Lens Blur mode in Google's new Camera app simulates shallow depth of field — Lens Blur in the new Google Camera app — One of the biggest advantages of SLR cameras over camera phones is the ability to achieve shallow depth of field effects (also known as bokeh).
Apple is planning to integrate song-identification into iOS 8, in partnership with Shazam (Adam Satariano/Bloomberg)
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple is planning to integrate song-identification into iOS 8, in partnership with Shazam — Apple Said to Prepare Song-ID Feature for IPhone Software — Apple Inc. (AAPL) wants to help you name that tune. — The company is planning to unveil a song-discovery feature in an update …
Why Yahoo's Not Going To Steal The Search Default For iPhone Away From Google (Danny Sullivan/Search Engine Land)
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Why Yahoo's Not Going To Steal The Search Default For iPhone Away From Google — Apparently Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer wants to be the default search for Apple's Safari browser on iPhone and iPad and has been preparing to make a solid pitch. Well, we all want things we can't have …
King partners with Tencent to bring a localized version of Candy Crush to China (Jon Russell/The Next Web)
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
King partners with Tencent to bring a localized version of Candy Crush to China — Mobile game-maker King is eyeing China after it partnered with Internet giant Tencent to bring a localized version of Candy Crush Saga, its flagship title, to the world's largest mobile market.
Yahoo nominates co-founder David Filo, Charles Schwab, and former Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott to its board of directors (Brian Womack/Bloomberg)
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Yahoo nominates co-founder David Filo, Charles Schwab, and former Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott to its board of directors — Yahoo Nominates Three Directors as Mayer's Pay Drops — Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) proposed three new directors to shore up its dwindling board, as Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer continues to revamp the Web portal.
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Google Says Buying Nest Bogged Down First-Quarter Earnings — It turns out buying a company for $3.2 billion can suck the wind out of even a $15.4-billion-in-revenue quarter. The Nest acquisition took a toll on Google expenses, explained Google CFO Patrick Pichette on the company's first-quarter earnings call today.
Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
New Volvos will get AT&T connectivity starting this summer — AT&T will put the connected in Volvo's connected cars here in the U.S. and Canada starting with model year 2015 vehicles being released this summer. AT&T will provide the mobile internet link to Volvo's updated Sensus Connect infotainment system …
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
LevelUp's cheap credit card processing fee heading toward 0% — If you walk into a store in Boston, there's a good chance you'll see a sleek white box near the checkout counter. — That box is a QR-code scanner made by LevelUp, a Massachusetts-based startup that offers one of the cheapest ways …
Online Dating Site Zoosk Files For $100M IPO, With $178M In Revenues And A $2.6M Net Loss In 2013 (Ryan Lawler/TechCrunch)
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Online Dating Site Zoosk Files For $100M IPO, With $178M In Revenues And A $2.6M Net Loss In 2013 — Online dating site Zoosk just filed its S-1 registration statement with the SEC, announcing its plans to raise $100 million in an initial public offering. The company, which has offers …
Marissa Mayer's Secret Plan to Get Apple to Dump Google and Default to Yahoo Mobile Search (Kara Swisher/Re/code)
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Marissa Mayer's Secret Plan to Get Apple to Dump Google and Default to Yahoo Mobile Search — Wall Street gave Yahoo stock a big boost today — largely due to the stellar quarterly performance of China's Alibaba, in which the Silicon Valley Internet giant has a big stake.
Livefyre Takes A New Approach To Commenting With Web Annotation Product Sidenotes (Anthony Ha/TechCrunch)
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Livefyre Takes A New Approach To Commenting With Web Annotation Product Sidenotes — Online comments are usually cordoned off at the bottom of a page, but Livefyre is hoping to bring them into the content itself with the launch of a new product called Sidenotes.