• 5 features an Amazon phone might offer - 04/18/2014 02:27 PM PDT
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    Biz Break: LinkedIn hits milestone ahead of key week

    04/18/2014 04:22 PM PDT
    Today: LinkedIn announces membership has reached 300 million ahead of important earnings reports for Facebook, Zynga, Twitter and more. 
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    Apple and Samsung return to federal court in San Jose on Friday in round two if their epic patent battle, with Samsung's attorneys scheduled to continue their defense. Mercury News reporter Howard Mintz will cover all the action from court.  
     
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    When it comes to shaping modern communications, Ericsson may be one of the most important companies you've never heard of.
     
     
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    Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 is a decent device with a few neat features, but its design is pedestrian, many of its new features don’t work well and its interface is cluttered and confusing.  
     
     
     
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    Free tours of water-wise California-native gardens

    As more Californians than ever explore drought-tolerant landscape alternatives, two upcoming garden tours shine a spotlight on low-water native plants. On April 26 and 27, some 60 gardens on the Peninsula and in the Santa Clara Valley will be open to visitors. And on May 4, some 40 East Bay gardens, from Fremont to Martinez, will be open too. 
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    Ryan Seacrest leaving 'American Idol?'

    Report says the “Idol” host stepping down after current season.