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April 25, 2012, 11:50 AM

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Apple:
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference to Kick Off June 11 at Moscone West in San Francisco  —  Apple® today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 11 through June 15 at San Francisco's Moscone West.  At this year's five-day conference …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: Windows 8 on the desktop—an awkward hybrid  —  Windows 8's new user interface has proven nothing short of polarizing.  The hybrid operating system pairs a new GUI concept, the touch-friendly Metro interface, to the traditional windows, icons, menus, and pointer concept that Windows users have depended on for decades.
More: BGR
David Beren / TmoNews:
T-Mobile Branded Samsung Galaxy Note Hanging In The Wild, Looking Awesome  —  We're about to put aside any doubt any of you may have had surrounding the future availability of the Galaxy Note on T-Mobile.  We've had two indications that the 5.3″ “phablet” was forthcoming …
Dan Frommer / ReadWriteWeb:
Apple's Huge Quarter in Charts  —  Apple posted another monster quarter, just as some were starting to doubt it.  —  Again, Apple's most impressive statistic is its overall sales growth: With more than $39 million in revenue last quarter, Apple's sales grew 59% year-over-year, far faster than its peers.
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Think GPS is cool?  IPS will blow your mind  —  For all of their awesome applications — from portable navigation devices, to self-driving cars, to cruise missile targeting — the American Global Positioning System and its Russian cohort GLONASS have two fundamental flaws: They don't work indoors …
More: Betabeat and SlashGear
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Andreessen Horowitz Has “Nearly Returned” Fund One, Yet Critics Remain  —  Andreessen Horowitz has been shaking things up since debuting on the venture scene nearly three years ago; this week is no different.  —  After the New York Times published a recent piece, highlighting …
More: VentureBeat and Forbes
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Some Investors May Request Protection From Acqui-Hires  —  Inside baseball warning, but I like writing about the things being discussed that the press never really picks up on.  —  Acqui-hires, if you aren't aware, are the acquisitions of startups by large companies (usually Facebook …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Exclusive: Microsoft to preview ‘Woodstock’ Xbox music service at E3  —  Microsoft will offer a sneak peak at its Zune replacement during E3 2012, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.  The new music service, codenamed Woodstock, will continue Microsoft's shift away from the Zune brand towards the well known Xbox one.
Steven Levy / Wired:
Can an Algorithm Write a Better News Story Than a Human Reporter?  —  Had Narrative Science — a company that trains computers to write news stories—created this piece, it probably would not mention that the company's Chicago headquarters lie only a long baseball toss from the Tribune newspaper building.
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Sprint posts $863 million loss, but that's not the whole story  —  To put that loss into perspective, Sprint lost $439 million during the first quarter of 2011.  —  Sprint Nextel started off 2012 on a sour note, the company revealed today in its first-quarter earnings release.
Wall Street Journal:
China Escalates Crackdown On Internet Amid Scandal  —  China censors have gone into high gear as the most popular topic continues to be the Bo Xilai scandal.  The WSJ's Deborah Kan speaks to reporter Josh Chin on why the government is enforcing a heavy hand on China's microbloggers.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
IBM Acquires Enterprise Search Software Company Vivisimo To Boost Big Data Analytics  —  On the heels of acquiring sales data analytics company Varicent last week, Big Blue is making another buy in the data space today— Vivisimo.  Financial terms were not disclosed.
Brian Klug / AnandTech:
Lava Xolo X900 Review - The First Intel Medfield Phone  —  For Intel, the road to their first real competitive smartphone SoC has been a long one.  Shortly after joining AnandTech and beginning this journey writing about both smartphones and the SoC space, I remember hopping on a call …
More: GigaOM and ExtremeTechThanks:@nerdtalker
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
The Digital Education Revolution, Cont'd: Meet TED-Ed's New Online Learning Platform  —  TED's new tool lets teachers create customized lessons that revolve around web video.  —  education.ted.com  —  The iconic image of high school education, forged for most of us through personal experience …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Exclusive: Bebo founders, shareholders sue owner for ‘destroying’ site  —  Bebo, which has hit one rocky patch after another the past few years, now has new troubles.  The social network's founders and some other shareholders are suing its current owner, alleging fraud.
Rick Borovoy / Google+ Developers Blog:
Introducing the Google+ Share Button  —  When your visitors come across something interesting on your site, sometimes you want to encourage a simple endorsement (like +1).  Other times, however, you want to help visitors share with their friends, right away.  Today's new Google+ Share button lets you do just that.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
HTC and Facebook working on new Android smartphone for later this year, says DigiTimes  —  HTC and Facebook, two companies already familiar with one another from their partnership on the ChaCha and Salsa handsets, are reportedly in the midst of jointly developing a new Android smartphone.
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia, HTC win European patent ruling  —  (Reuters) - Nokia (NOK1V.HE) and HTC (2498.TW) won a key ruling by the European Patent Office that a patent used by German firm IPCom in legal battles against the two mobile phonemakers was invalid in its current form.
Chris Anderson / Wired:
The Man Who Makes the Future: Wired Icon Marc Andreessen  —  He's not a household name like Gates, Jobs, or Zuckerberg.  His face isn't known to millions.  But during his remarkable 20-year career, no one has done more than Marc Andreessen to change the way we communicate.
More: Business Insider and GizmodoTweets: @bhorowitz
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Chrome for Android to come out of beta ‘in weeks’  —  Google expects to bring its Chrome browser for Android out of beta testing “in a matter of weeks.”  So said Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome and Apps, in an interview yesterday, shortly after Google released a Chrome …

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