News: 2014-04-03

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I apologize but I am under severe time constraints today and cannot do the daily in time for the 10AM newsletter deadline. As I am out of the office tomorrow, I am not sure when I will be able to write. But I will have something for you.

Why We Got Fatter During The Fat-Free Food Boom : The Salt : NPR

With Fire TV, Amazon Exec Pledges “Increasing Investment” in Games | Re/code

Why Microsoft Is Giving Windows Away on Small Devices | Re/code

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Russia’s Zuckerberg, Pavel Durov, quits as VKontakte CEO after Kremlin allies take over — Tech News and Analysis

European Parliament passes strong net neutrality law, along with major roaming reforms — Tech News and Analysis

“Internet of Things” is the new Windows XP—malware’s favorite target | Ars Technica

HSBC China services PMI rises to 4-month high as official figure edges lower but stays in growth territory | South China Morning Post

EMs increasingly unstable amid US Fed taper fallout – FT.com

“Even when local politicians had learnt from past turbulence and pursued good policies, their countries remain at risk of destabilising outflows triggered by changes elsewhere (the IMF was too polite to name the Fed). One reason for this new vulnerability is the rapid growth of emerging market bonds flows – especially from retail investors. The IMF found that bond mutual funds typically used by retail investors are far more sensitive to global sentiment than institutional bond investors such as pension, insurance or sovereign wealth funds. Moreover, bond mutual funds are twice as sensitive as equity mutual funds.”

London house price bubble moves to the suburbs – Telegraph

Dealers say GM customer anxiety rising, sales may take hit | Reuters

Yahoo Is Finally Encrypting the Bulk of Its Data

NASA suspends most collaborative work with Russia due to Ukraine tensions

Lunch with the FT: Helle Thorning-Schmidt – FT.com

Russia Today President Faces Prison for Tax Fraud | Washington Free Beacon

When Exercise Can Offer the Same Boost as Coffee (and When It Can't)

Why Did BRICS Back Russia on Crimea? | The Diplomat

Gazprom uses gas to tighten noose on Ukraine – Telegraph

The Danger of False Narrative

Ukraine’s Unelected Government Imposes IMF Austerity

How Crimea Hurts Russia

FBI Seeks Help From High-Frequency Traders to Find Abuses – Bloomberg

Citigroup CEO Named To “Key Administration Post”

The Baltic states: Echoes of the Sudetenland | The Economist

Allergy alert: Tidal wave of pent-up pollen could be headed our way – The Washington Post

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Hryvnia Set to Extend World’s Worst Loss on Gas Price Increase – Bloomberg

Nigel Farage pays homage to Vladimir Putin’s power politics – FT.com

“Nigel Farage, leader of the populist UK Independence party, has become the latest in a line of populist, rightwing politicians across Europe to pay homage to the power politics and anti-EU stance of Russian president Vladimir Putin.”

Putin tears up lease for Sevastopol naval base – FT.com

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U.S. confirms warrantless searches of Americans – Yahoo News

Iran, Russia working to seal $20 bln oil-for-goods deal – sources | Reuters

GM on track for ‘record profitability’: Analyst

Lenders Are Taking More Risk | House of Debt

For D.C. allergies: A delayed wallop of pollen – The Washington Post

Children Suffer Mentally and Physically From Astounding Levels of Homework — PsyBlog

No U.S. Troops Died in Iraq or Afghanistan Last Month – TIME

“March Was First Month Without U.S. Fatalities in Iraq or Afghanistan In 11 Years”

U.S. Job Creation Index Reaches Six-Year High in March

“Gallup’s Job Creation Index, based on employee reports of hiring and layoff activity at their workplaces, reached a six-year high of +23 in March, nearly tying the +24 recorded in March 2008. The index for March is two points higher than it was in February, and shows a six-point improvement from last March.”

Nigel Farage’s relationship with Russian media comes under scrutiny | Politics | The Guardian

Apple’s Jobs Declared ‘Holy War’ on Google Over Android – Digits – WSJ

“In an October 2010 email to Apple’s 100 top employees ahead of an annual retreat, Jobs outlined discussion points for the meeting, including “2011: Holy War with Google.” In other talking points, Jobs said “Apple is in danger of hanging on to old paradigm for too long (innovator’s dilemma)” and “Google and Microsoft are further along on the technology” to connect and synchronize contacts, calendars, photos, music, videos and bookmarks across all devices using online services.”

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Ride-sharing app Lyft raises $250M, bringing total funding to more than $330M — Tech News and Analysis

Here’s why Amazon’s Fire TV could become a big seller: Kids — Tech News and Analysis

Microsoft making Windows free on devices with screens under nine inches | The Verge

Euro-Zone Bonds Keep Rallying. But Why? – MoneyBeat – WSJ

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