Don't forget: The one-day Google Glass public sale starts soon!

Your taxes are (hopefully) done, you've had your first cup of coffee... now what? Google wants to jump-start your Tuesday by offering even non-Explorers its Glass wearable for $1,500. As many of you said yesterday, that's kinda steep, but today marks the first day the product is open to the public -- until supplies run out, that is. Google Glass will go on sale at this link starting at 6AM PT/9AM ET, and we recommend showing up on time.

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Google buys drone heavyweight Titan Aerospace

Titan's atmospheric satellites, which are still in development and not yet commercially available, can stay in the air for as long as five years, according to reports. Before it was updated Monday to reflect the acquisition, Titan's website cited a wide range of uses for the drones, including atmospheric and weather monitoring, disaster response and voice and data communications.

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The iTunes Store Shows A Hint Of Panic

There’s talk coming from various sections of the music business that Apple Apple ’s iTunes Store will soon offer high-resolution tracks for sale, and that the introduction might coincide with the future release of three Led Zeppelin masters. The unconfirmed details have the hi-res tracks in their full 24 bit glory encoded using Apple’s lossless audio coding, and priced a dollar more than the current lossy AAC tracks.

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Google Glass Gets Updated With Kit Kat, Loses Video Calling

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Windows Phone 8.1: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly [Review]

Microsoft is confident that its Windows Phone devices can make gains on both iOS and Android. To do that, it's finally brought WP 8 largely up to par with its rival OSes while maintaining its own unique aspects. Now, just like everything else that the company has done to align itself with the mobile world Microsoft joined so late, Windows Phone just needs to catch on with the buying audience.

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Google Play Still Tops iOS App Store Downloads, And Now Narrowing Revenue Gap, Too | TechCrunch

Android’s position as the most dominant smartphone platform worldwide is also having an impact on mobile app download growth, and now, increasing revenue. Google’s app marketplace, Google Play, saw 45% more downloads that Apple’s iOS App Store in Q1, according to a new report out this morning from App Annie. However, Apple continues to still be “comfortably ahead” in terms of worldwide revenue, the report found, generating a whopping 85% more revenue than Google Play.

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Can You Spot the Pixar Easter Eggs? [VIDEO]

Just in time for Easter, the animation studio has released a video revealing some of the little secrets tucked away in its biggest hits.

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Xbox One update rolling out with Kinect improvements and friend notifications

Microsoft  seems to be improving its Xbox One software on a  monthly basis , and April is no different. Starting today, the software maker is rolling out its latest update to Xbox One consoles, bringing some new features and improvements along the way. Xbox 360 owners will be familiar with friend notifications when players arrive online, but the Xbox One strangely lacked this feature at launch. Today’s update brings the friends notifications back, along with the ability to identify friends who are playing multiplayer games.

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Now You Can Get Microsoft Office 365 for $6.99 a Month

Microsoft began selling Office 365 Personal on Tuesday, a variant of its productivity suite that delivers all the apps, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and more, for only $6.99 per month. (The full Home version sells for $9.99 per month.)

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What High Design Can Do For Neglected Black Consumers

I'm sorry, I feel that while it's great that this young man has developed a high-quality product, I think that he's creating two different negatives by going the route that this article describes. I understand that African Americans still, to this day experience prejudice and racism, and I don't think that is right. However, I think that marketing this as an "African American Shaving kit", first of all, this only furthers the "Us and Them" attitude, which can only be a negative. But also, by doing this, you have immediately cut your market significantly. As I read the article, it would make a lot more sense to me, to market this as a kit for people with sensitive skin. Sure, put a picture of an African American man using it on the package, proudly show Tristan Walker, and laud his accomplishments on the company website; but don't purposely limit your potential clients. people of all races have sensitive skin, and experience the irritation that this article describes.

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We Hope This Is A 366-Year-Old Emoticon And Not A Typo

So it’s possible, I’d say likely, that the parenthesis in the poem was inserted by a modern editor. Not that parentheses weren’t used in verse in Herrick’s time — they were — but not as widely as we use them today and not in the same situations. Punctuation in general was unsettled in the seventeenth century.

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Scientists Identify When Innocent Bacteria Became Flesh-Eating Horror

Bacterial diseases cause millions of deaths every year. Most of these bacteria were benign at some point in their evolutionary past, and we don't always understand what turned them into disease-causing pathogens. In a new study, researchers have tracked down when this switch happened in a flesh-eating bacteria. They think the knowledge might help predict future epidemics.

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Anti-Glassholes: Understanding the growing movement against Google Glass

It’s easy to shrug off these issues as barriers to the advancement of technology, but no one really wants to be recorded without their permission. If you imagine someone sitting in a bar holding their smartphone up and pointing it at you, it’s not hard to see how it might make you feel uncomfortable or even angry. Right or wrong this is how some people feel about Google Glass right now.

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Facebook Prepares A Money-Transfer Service, But Still Needs Trust

I track people who are disrupting the world of mobile technology. Non-conformists, innovators and agitators are this blog's unsung heroes, from entrepreneurs to scientists, to rebellious hackers. I'm the author of "We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous and the Global Cyber Insurgency" , (Little Brown, 2012) which The New York Times called a "lively, startling book that reads as 'The Social Network' for group hackers." I recently relocated to Forbes' San Francisco office, and was previously Forbes' London bureau chief from 2008-12, interviewing British billionaires like Philip Green and controversial figures like Mohammed Al Fayed; I wrote last year's billionaires cover story on Russia's Yuri Milner, and have broken stories like the Facebook-Spotify partnership in 2011. Before all this I had stints at the BBC and as a radio journalist. You can watch me on 'The Daily Show' here . If you have a story idea or tip, e-mail me at polson@forbes.com or follow me on Twitter: parmy .

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Ride a 'Tron'-style light cycle via Oculus Rift - CNET

The old-school video game is getting a next-generation update in the RiftCycles Project, thanks to Facebook-owned virtual-reality headset Oculus Rift and a particularly dedicated fan with a DIY streak.

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The design decisions behind the tech industry's beloved anonymous Secret app

The Secret app might be fueled by gossip, scandal, and salacious secrets, but it’s soared to popularity (at least in the Valley) because it’s used a no-UI concept and utter simplicity to just get out of the user’s way.

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Appellate Court Reverses Conviction Of Hacker “Weev”

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals in New Jersey chose not to address issues related to the CFAA raised in Auernheimer's appeal, and instead vacated his conviction on the simplest possible grounds—that he was tried in the wrong court:

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With Gnip, Twitter Is Ready To Sell Your Tweets

Together we plan to offer more sophisticated data sets and better data enrichments, so that even more developers and businesses big and small around the world can drive innovation using the unique content that is shared on Twitter ... And with the help of Gnip’s Boulder-based team, we will be extending our data platform — through Gnip and our existing public APIs — even further.

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LIVE: Yahoo Soars On Earnings

The rest of Yahoo continues to move sideways, however. This was, notably, yet another call on which Mayer trumpeted her editorial and mobile app moves while moving swiftly past the elephants in the room: The fact that topline GAAP revenues actually declined 1%, and the fact that the company still can't announce any revenue from Tumblr, the social media platform it bought for $1 billion a year ago. In the earnings release there is — again — no mention of revenue from Tumblr . At some point it would be nice to see a financial logic for that deal to appear in Yahoo's numbers.

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BTC China Launches ATM Web App | TechCrunch

To use Picasso ATM, bitcoin owners first load the currency into BTC China’s Picasso Wallet and then sell it through the Web app. Buyers can then immediately confirm transactions on their smartphones. The app is targeted at casual bitcoin users as well as businesses and store owners, who can set their own profit margins on the currency like owners of physical ATM machines.

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Google’s New Street View Image Recognition Algorithm Can Beat Most CAPTCHAs | TechCrunch

Here is an interesting conundrum for Google: it has created an algorithm that’s significantly better at reading street numbers in Street View images, which helps it give you more accurate directions. At the same time, though, it turns out that this algorithm is so good, it can decipher 99 percent of CAPTCHAs (those squiggly text puzzles you often have to solve to prove you are human).

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How To Edit And Delete Emails Even After You Send Them

The free program syncs with your inbox and lets you accomplish four specific tasks: set expiration timers on messages, unsend emails, add read receipts and edit sent messages before someone else opens them.

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Samsung Gear 2 review: much improved, but that doesn't mean you should buy it

Another area that seems to be improved in version two is notifications. For many, this is what a smartwatch is all about, allowing you to glance at tweets, calls and messages from your wrist. The original Gear was a bit hit-and-miss in this regard. For example, if you used Samsung's own email client, it would send a fairly useful notification to the watch. But with Gmail notifications, all you got was a mostly useless alert letting you know that email had arrived. Thanks! The Gear 2's Gmail notifications are much better, with a decent snippet of the message included in the alert. It's usually enough for you to determine whether it's a message you want to deal with now or later. The list of apps for which you can get notifications is also surprisingly extensive, and includes pretty much every app on your phone. Never want to miss a Candy Crush message again? Not a problem; have them sent right to your wrist (for your own sanity, please don't).

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Microsoft Announces New Tools Bringing The Cloud To The Internet Of Things, Uniting Hadoop And SQL | TechCrunch

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. The two new tools worth noting are Azure Intelligent Systems Service and Analytics Platform System.

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Atlassian's Geeky Software Carves Out A Big Home With Developers

Ultimately, Atlassian succeeds not because it's the best tool among a bad bunch, but because it respects developers' time and concerns. Tools like JIRA are intentionally not flashy. They're utilitarian, not because Atlassian lacks creativity, but because the company cares more about what developers want than what marketing or sales or other groups within a company may want. This shows not only in the software itself, but also in how it's sold: Atlassian is salesperson-free, over-the-web, and costs a reasonable amount of money.

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Google spells out email scanning practices in new terms of service

Users of Google's Gmail email service have accused the company of violating federal and state privacy and wiretapping laws by scanning their messages so it could compile secret profiles and target advertising. Google has argued that users implicitly consented to its activity, recognizing it as part of the email delivery process.

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Space lettuce! Astronauts to grow greens on space station - CNET

A new mini-greenhouse designed for the International Space Station by Orbital Technologies Corporation could soon provide astronauts with fresh lettuce, grown in space. Specifically, they'll be growing Outredgous, a type of red romaine. Plenty of plant-growth experiments have taken place on the space station, but this time the results are geared for consumption by hungry astronauts excited for a taste of fresh food.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone fingerprint sensor hacked

But the researchers pointed to what they said are "additional concerns" about Samsung's security system compared with the iPhone's, because a would-be hacker can make an unlimited number of attempts at spoofing the fingerprint, and because it can be linked to payment systems such as PayPal - which could then be used to wire money to the attacker's account.

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This anarchist collective is demanding $3 billion from Google

Around 7AM on January 21st, 2014, a small group of protesters gathered in the driveway of an understated $1 million four bedroom family home in Berkeley and unfurled a hand-painted banner that read "GOOGLE’S FUTURE STOPS HERE."

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LIVE: Google Misses And The Stock Is Falling

Analysts kept asking about costs and expenses, and Pichetti said Google was very comfortable with its cost structure. Its total costs and expenses totaled $11.3 billion, up from $9.2 billion the year earlier. The reason Google's costs are all over the place is that the buying and divestiture of Motorola Mobility, acquisitions, and "moonshot" projects such as Wi-Fi balloons and driverless cars. 

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Google's stock Android KitKat camera app arrives on Google Play with new Lens Blur mode - The Next Web

You’ll need Android 4.4 KitKat or later to install the app, but the good news is that you can now get camera updates directly from Google Play now instead of having to wait for your phone maker and carrier to send over an update.

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New Volvos will get AT&T connectivity starting this summer

Whether these new Volvos will be among the emerging number of 4G cars in the U.S. remains to be seen. In its announcement, AT&T only said it would provide “high-speed wireless connectivity,” which likely means that Volvo is going with a cheaper EDGE/HSPA+ module, in some models at least. Basic telematics features such as remote unlock or monitoring don’t require a lot of bandwidth, but the more advanced features of Volvo’s evolving Sensus infotainment system will require a bit more juice.

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Large Screen Apple iPhones and Amazon Kindle Phones And The Rise Of Mobile Video

As to why it has taken Apple so long to grasp what Samsung understood in 2010, that people want to watch (a lot) of video on their smartphones, I can only think that Steve Jobs enduring legacy and the generation of managers he installed have continued to exert influence on the company’s imagination. To Apple, the desktop has always been the hearth to which iDevices are docked. The desktop could be a laptop or someday a TV, but Apple’s cloud services are still not first-class replacements for the original vision. The force field of this assumption, that the big screen is where the loyalty lays, has been soundly disproved by younger users whose clear allegiance is to their phones .

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Here are 3 ways Aereo will tell the Supreme Court that it's legal

Aereo’s side of the story, set out in a 100-page Supreme Court brief filed last month, is a double-barreled appeal to both the past and the future. The brief (embedded below) casts its technology as a natural evolution of the VCR, which the court declared legal three decades ago, while also claiming kinship with the emerging cloud computing industry — an industry Aereo says will suffer if the broadcasters prevail. While making those appeals to policy principles, Aereo also makes a third argument about the letter of the law and companies’ right to rely on it when building their business.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata Preview - CNET

One of the oddest tech convenience features is the available Smart trunk. Like the system offered on the Ford Escape , this trunk lid will automatically open without the driver having to reach for their keys. However, where previous systems required a foot to be wiggled beneath the rear bumper to pop the boot, Hyundai owners will simply need to need to approach the rear with the key fob in a purse or pocket and wait three seconds. On one hand, this sounds incredibly convenient. On the other, I can see the potential for annoyance due to accidental activation. We'll have to wait to test the 2015 model to decide.

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First Heartbleed hacker arrested

A 19-year-old Canadian became the first person to be arrested in relation to the Heartbleed security breach.

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Transform furniture with a wave of the hand - CNET

Designers at MIT's Tangible Media Group demonstrate the Transform, a bench with a 3D interface that can change its physical shape on command.

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Lavabit held in contempt of court for printing crypto key in tiny font [Updated]

Levison reluctantly turned over his encryption keys to the government, although not in a manner that the government deemed useful—he provided a lengthy printout in tiny type, a move the authorities said was objectionable. “The company had treated the court orders like contract negotiations rather than a legal requirement,” US Attorney Andrew Peterson, who represented the government, told  PC World .

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What Should We Focus On Learning In An Age Where Almost All Information Is At Your Fingertips?

Internet has not only increased the need for specialized education (look at how many people are involved in continuous learning these days) but also made it deadly for someone to ignore the purpose of learning. Focus on connecting all the data points you observe and provide a succinct reasoning for why they are connected. That is the most important skill in a modern knowledge economy.

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Automattic raising more than $100 million - Fortune Tech

FORTUNE -- Automattic , the company that runs blogging platforms WordPress.com and WordPress VIP, is out raising between $100 million and $150 million in new venture capital funding, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.

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Twitter Acquires Longtime Partner And Social Data Provider Gnip | TechCrunch

Twitter has acquired Gnip , the social data provider that has long provided access to public Twitter data, and that has deepened its relationship with the social network over the years through a series of product and partnership announcements. The acquisition will lead to Twitter offering even more of its data to Gnip’s customer base, and existing customer relationships with Gnip will continue unchanged.

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Apple joins other smartphone manufacturers in adopting anti-theft measures

Apple along with HTC, Motorola, Huawei and other have committed to curbing smartphone theft by entering into the Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment, reports CNET . This anti-theft measure proposed by the CTIA trade group requires a handset maker to pre-install or make available a tool for disabling a phone that has been lost or stolen.

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Lab grows blood for human trials - CNET

Human volunteers in the near future will test out blood created from engineered stem cells. Someday facilities could make type O on demand, like real-life Tru Blood factories.

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Chatterbox: Wednesday

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Microsoft concedes Chromebooks are work-worthy

It was also a repudiation of Scroogled, the name Microsoft slapped on its attack ad-based campaigns that took shots at Google and its practices. Last November, Microsoft targeted Chromebooks in an advertisement starring reality show "Pawn Stars" personalities who argued that the devices were not legitimate laptops.

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Spotify Starts Shutting Down Its Massive P2P Network | TorrentFreak

However, the end of the road is coming soon for this massive private sharing network. TorrentFreak has learned that Spotify plans to discontinue its P2P technology altogether, to rely solely on central servers instead.

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'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Trailer Reveals Mystery Mutant Enemy

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

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Ikea just bought a massive wind farm in Illinois to power all of its US stores

However, the power produced at Hoopeston likely won’t go directly to powering your local Ikea. Most Ikea stores already sport large solar panel arrays that produce some of their own juice, and the Illinois wind farm is remote enough that it doesn’t make sense to channel the electricity to stores in other parts of the country. Instead, the company plans to sell most of the energy it produces and use that to offset its electricity costs. The idea is to hedge itself against volatile and steadily increasing fossil fuel prices.

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Turkey says Twitter agrees to close some accounts, no tax deal yet

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Twitter will close some accounts in Turkey but will not for now set up an office there as the government wants, a senior Turkish official said late on Monday after talks over a dispute which saw the government ban the site for two weeks.

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Gear We Love: Stump Stand sits pretty, holds your iPad or iPhone

At $25, the Stump is neither the cheapest nor—by far—the priciest of stands, but it does have longevity on its side: Despite being used every day, the original model that I’ve had on my desk for three years has no signs of wear and tear other than some dust accumulation. As of this writing, I’ve been using the newer silicone version for only a short time, but it’s given me no reason to believe that it won’t live up to its predecessor’s reputation. If you’re in the market for a simple but eminently serviceable stand for your iOS device, I can’t recommend the Stump highly enough.

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52 Reminder: Nobody Has a Clue How Many Wearable Devices Will Sell in 2018 | TIME
53 Mike Judge And The Stars Of HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Will Join Us At Disrupt NY | TechCrunch
54 A few accumulated thoughts on media
55 If you want more news from First Look Media's The Intercept, you're going to have to wait
56 Frontback brings two-sided selfies to Android - CNET
57 Banish Game of Thrones Spoilers With This Chrome Extension | Gadget Lab | WIRED
58 Apple antitrust compliance off to a promising start: monitor
59 This is Amazon's smartphone
60 Welcome Kif Leswing, Gigaom's newest mobile writer
61 Netgear adds BitTorrent Sync to its network-attached storage drives
62 Quantenna promises to deliver 10-gigabit Wi-Fi in 2015
63 The Worst Part of YC
64 Google Misses in Q1 With Revenue Of $15.42B, EPS Of $6.27 As Its Cost-Per-Click Fell 9% | TechCrunch
65 Healthcare Marketing Report Card
66 LaCie Warns Hackers May Have Customer Info, Credit Cards After Year-Long Breach
67 Report claims Sony’s Xperia Z2 smartphone may face months of delays
68 NYTimes Exec Editor Jill Abramson on Tattoos, Anita Hill & Nate Silver
69 Mobile Control In The Cloud: ItsOn Raises $12.5M From Tenaya And Andreessen Horowitz | TechCrunch
70 Google Actually Sells Out Of A Google Glass Model | TechCrunch
71 Exclusive: Turmoil at Symantec luring activists, buyers - sources
72 Why 'Bandwidth As a Commodity' Could Be a Huge New Market
73 Buy once, play anywhere: First universal Windows apps hit Microsoft app stores | PCWorld
74 Bing Home Page Gets Some Of Cortana’s Smarts | TechCrunch
75 Paul Walker's Brothers Will Fill in the Gaps in 'Fast and Furious 7'
76 Website-Building Platform Squarespace Raises Another $40M | TechCrunch
77 Teardown Shows Samsung's Galaxy S5 Costs About $256 to Build
78 How Cryptocurrencies Can Curb Government Power
79 http://trycaviar.theresumator.com/apply
80 Crossed up! Anki Drive unveils new cars and first new tracks - CNET
81 Gramofon: A Spotify-streaming Jukebox and WiFi Router
82 Mt. Gox founder won't appear in U.S. for questions about bankruptcy case
83 Samsung Designer Denies Apple Influence: "Absolutely Not"
84 Samsung denies copying iPhone features
85 A Breathtakingly Simple Computer Stand That Helps Organize Your Desk | Gadget Lab | WIRED
86 ‘Airbnb For Retail’ Startup Storefront Raises $7.3M From Spark Capital, Expands To LA | TechCrunch
87 Google Buys Drone Maker Titan Aerospace
88 Microsoft Rolls Out Personalized Cards on Bing.com
89 Twelve South's BookArc Möd Is A Gorgeous Mid-Century MacBook Stand [Review] | Cult of Mac
90 AOL.com - News, Sports, Weather, Entertainment, Local & Lifestyle
91 Cult of Mac | Breaking news for Apple fans
92 Amazon’s Smartphone To Feature Unique But Limited 3D Effects | TechCrunch
93 300M downloads and $600M in revenue say Google is the 'loser's choice' in mobile games monetization
94 Zebra Tech to buy Motorola's enterprise business for $3.45 billion
95 Titanfall Updates to Increase in Frequency - IGN
96 The Best iPhone 5s & iPhone 5 Cases
97 Did Construction Workers Just Unearth L.A.'s Original Aqueduct?
98 Google says 'all Glass spots claimed' after one day sale, as KitKat rolls out | ZDNet
99 Gmail Now Lets You Quickly Insert Auto Backup Photos
100 Neil Young on PonoMusic, the Third Biggest Kickstarter Project of All Time | TIME