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April 25, 2012, 3:30 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 …
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 …
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.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
People Search Engine Ark Raises Biggest Y Combinator Seed Round Ever  —  People search start-up Ark.com has led a bit of a charmed existence.  Part of Y Combinator's winter class, it debuted to the public shortly after YC leader Paul Graham posted an essay about “frighteningly ambitious ideas” …
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 …
Danielle Kucera / Bloomberg:
Square Payment Pace Rises 25% in Niche Coveted by EBay  —  Square Inc., maker of credit-card readers for smartphones and tablets, has increased its payment volume 25 percent since March, when EBay Inc. (EBAY)'s PayPal showed off a new mobile scanner and underscored growth in the field.
More: TechCrunch
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
This was the original ‘Google Phone’ presented in 2006  —  Two years before the T-Mobile G1 introduced to the world to Android, Google presented carriers with the “Google Phone — a device that looked a lot more like the portrait QWERTY Android prototype shown in early 2008.
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.
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
With 7B Photos, Flickr Debuts New Speedy, HTML5 Image Uploader; Drag And Drop Interface, And More  —  Yahoo's photos sharing site, Flickr, has been steadily redesigning a number of components of its platform over the past few months, including editing (courtesy of Aviary), photo views and more.
Dare Obasanjo / The Windows Blog:
SkyDrive APIs - Bring your data to any app, any platform, any device  —  On Monday, we released preview versions of SkyDrive for Windows and Mac, along with updates for iOS and Windows Phone.  With SkyDrive on your desktop, you can now access files in the cloud right from any of your PC or Mac apps.
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.
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 …
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
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
VC Competition  —  Business Insider published a follow up to my post yesterday on acqui-hires.  —  It's a little bit snarky, which is fine because it's just the writer trying to find an angle to add his own thoughts.  But there's an interesting part at the end where Nicholas Carlson says …
More: Fortune and the Econsultancy blogThanks:@mask
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.

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