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Bits | Digital Diary: Facebook’s Existential Crisis
Is Facebook’s main service still relevant? An argument for why it feels fusty, and why Mark Zuckerberg seems to know it.






Bits Blog: Heartbleed Internet Security Flaw Used in Attack
On Friday, cybersecurity experts said they had evidence of the first confirmed attack on a major corporation using a bug in open source security technology.






Bits | State of the Art: In the Battle for Best Smartphone, Apple Still Beats Samsung
Samsung’s newest phone, the Galaxy S5, is a very nice device. But it falls far short of Apple’s iPhone.
Bits Blog: Protests Continue Against Dropbox After Appointment of Condoleezza Rice to Board
After Dropbox appointed Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state, to its board of directors, some users have complained about her views on Internet surveillance.
DealBook: Shares of Twitter-Like Weibo Surge on Opening Day, as China I.P.O.s Mount
The rise in shares in both Weibo, a Chinese microblogging service, and Sabre, a technology services provider, came after they scaled back the sizes of their offerings.






Q&A: Fixing a Broken Smartphone
Plus, sharing settings and more among Windows 8 PCs.






DealBook: From Marc Andreessen, a Lesson in Corporate Finance
In a series of tweets on Thursday, the prominent venture capitalist offered a framework for thinking about technology company valuations.






Bits Blog: Google Uses Algorithms to Create SLR-Like Photos
Google is lifting up the hood of its new Lens Blur feature for its camera app, showing how the company can make a photo taken on a smartphone look like it has varying depths of field.






Bits Blog: Uber Faces Rebukes in Europe
The company’s global problems add to the bumps the company face in the United States, including opposition from taxi groups and driver complaints.






Lucrative Stardom in China, Using a Webcam and a Voice
Companies across the globe have long tried to attract viewers to live Internet broadcasts, with X-rated sites the only real success stories. China appears to have cracked the code.
Advertising: At 2014 New York Auto Show, Just Click to Kick the Tires
Using Google’s Street View technology, sponsors of the New York International Auto Show are creating a virtual exhibition online.
Libraries Seek High-Speed Broadband
As more people use their local libraries to connect to the Internet, libraries are requesting funding for better services.
Bits Blog: Facebook’s New Twist on Location Sharing Puts Users in Control
Nearby Friends, a feature announced Thursday, lets users broadcast their location to friends, but simple privacy controls give them the power to decide how much more to share.






Big Labels Take Aim at Pandora on Royalties
The suit, filed by several big record companies on Thursday, accuses Pandora of violating common-law copyright protections for songs made before 1972.






Bits Blog: Study Finds No Evidence of Heartbleed Attacks Before the Bug Was Exposed
Researchers found a way to trace whether attackers have used Heartbleed and found that, since January, nobody was exploiting the bug before its disclosure last week.






Bits Blog: Europeans Look Beyond Their Borders
To gain traction, many European tech founders often focus on their individual home markets, but that strategy is starting to change.






Bits Blog: Twitter Goes After a Facebook Cash Cow
The social network will begin offering “app install ads,” which prompt smartphone users to try new games and other apps. The category has been a lucrative franchise for Facebook.






SOPA Defeat Haunts Efforts to Rein In Illegal Copying, British Official Says
Michael Weatherly, a member of Parliament and adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron, says copyright owners will look to efforts beyond legislation.
App Makes It Easier to Spot and Dispute Questionable Payment Transactions
BillGuard helps users track activity across all their credit and debit card accounts and makes approving or contesting a charge as simple as a swipe.
DealBook: Weibo, a Chinese Answer to Twitter, Prices Its Offering at $17
The microblogging service set a price at the bottom of its expected range, and will carry a value well below that of Twitter when it begins trading on the public markets.






DealBook: In Disarray, Mt. Gox Signals a Move Toward Liquidation
In a statement posted on its website, the Tokyo-based company said a local court had dismissed its request that it be allowed to try to rehabilitate its business.






Bits Blog: It’s Official: Yahoo’s Former No. 2 Made a Lot More Than His Boss
Henrique de Castro, who was fired as Yahoo’s chief operating officer in January, received about $96 million for his 15 months of service. Yahoo’s chief executive, Marissa Mayer, was awarded only $62 million in roughly the same time period.






Bits Blog: Samsung Saw Death of Apple’s Jobs as a Time to Attack
According to an email exchange presented in court, Samsung executives saw the death of Steven P. Jobs in 2011 as an opportunity to attack the iPhone.






Earnings and Sales From Google Disappoint
As Internet users migrate to mobile devices, Google earns less on its ads, and as the dominant player, growth opportunities are increasingly rare.






When ‘Liking’ a Brand Online Voids the Right to Sue
The food company General Mills added language to its website to alert customers that they cannot take legal action against the company if they download coupons, enter a contest or connect with it in other ways.
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