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April 25, 2012, 1:35 PM

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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 …
Rene Ritchie / iMore:
WWDC 2012 sells out in 2 hours.  At $1600 a ticket.  At 5:30am Pacific time.  —  Apple's annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) was announced earlier this morning, at 5:30am PDT, with a ticket price of $1600... and it sold out in less than 2 hours.  —  It took Apple 10 hours to sell …
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.
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.
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 …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Sprint confirms unlimited data plan for next iPhone  —  Sprint Nextel is banking that its unlimited data plan will continue to set its iPhone apart from the others — even when the next version arrives.  —  If the next iteration of the iPhone arrives with LTE, Sprint will continue to offer …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Facebook partners with McAfee, Symantec, Microsoft, others to offer free antivirus software, expanded URL blacklist  —  Upwards of 90 percent of “hacked” Facebook accounts don't get hacked on Facebook, the company once told us.  Yet, since Facebook has become one of the most important destinations …
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
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.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Oracle asks court for right to assert third patent against Google  —  An Oracle patent that was previously invalidated by the US Patent and Trademark Office—only to be reinstated upon further review—may yet be asserted against Google when the blockbuster Android trial heads to its patent phase.
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
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 …
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.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
WordPress.com Maker Automattic Expects $45M in Revenue This Year  —  Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, is a quiet Web powerhouse.  —  WordPress now powers 70 million sites, up from 35 million sites a year ago.  Almost half of the biggest blogs in the world are hosted by WordPress.com …
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.
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.
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
FCC approves T-Mobile and AT&T spectrum transfer  —  The FCC has finally approved the spectrum transfer that was part of a $4 billion breakup fee that AT&T promised to T-Mobile if the companies failed to merge.  Following AT&T's decision to call off the acquisition in December of last year …
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 …
Seth Stevenson / Wired:
What Your Klout Score Really Means  —  Last spring Sam Fiorella was recruited for a VP position at a large Toronto marketing agency.  With 15 years of experience consulting for major brands like AOL, Ford, and Kraft, Fiorella felt confident in his qualifications.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PayNearMe Takes Cash Payments System Mobile  —  PayNearMe, an alternative payments product that provides a compelling way for the ‘unbanked’ to use cash payments for online goods, is debuting its first mobile integration today.  As you may know, the term “unbanked” refers to consumers …
More: GigaOM, VatorNews and Forbes
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft adds Pegatron to its patent-licensing stable  —  Summary: Add another patent-licensee to the pool of Android/Chrome-based device makers Microsoft is convincing to pay for its IP.  —  Microsoft has signed up Pegatron Corp. to license undisclosed Microsoft patents so as not to run afoul …
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 …

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