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April 26, 2012, 6:40 PM

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Reuters:
Zynga reports $85 million quarterly loss  —  (Reuters) - Zynga Inc posted a first-quarter loss of $85 million, or 12 cents a share.  —  That compares to earnings of $17 million a year earlier.  —  On an adjusted basis, the social gaming company reported a profit of $47 million.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Q1 2012: Revenue Up 34 Percent To $13.2B, Net Income Down 35 Percent  —  Amazon just reported earnings for the first quarter of 2012.  Net sales increased 34% to $13.18 billion in the first quarter, compared with $9.86 billion in first quarter 2011.
George Colony / Forrester Blogs:
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Verizon's Summer / Fall 2012 smartphone roadmap  —  While Samsung's Galaxy S3 has been the star of the rumor show for the past few months — with BGR leading the pack — we now have a clear picture of the smartphone landscape for late summer and early fall this year.
Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
Spotify Said Developing Pandora-Like Online Radio Service  —  Spotify Ltd., the London-based online music provider, is developing a U.S. Internet radio service that would directly challenge Pandora Media Inc. (P), said two people with knowledge of the situation.
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
New York Times R&D Group Launches First Commercial Product (and It's for Brands)  —  Ricochet Helps Brands Drive Traffic to Relevant Articles, Surrounded by the Right Ads  —  The New York Times R&D Lab has spent the last six and a half years building what its chief calls the equivalent of “concept cars” for the media world.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple: $1,111 Per Share and a $1 Trillion Market Cap in the Next Year  —  The blowout earnings Apple reported Tuesday inspired a number of big upgrades on the company's stock, but none so bullish as that of Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White.  —  White, who made headlines back in April …
Steve Evans / Computer Business Review:
Apple ‘10 years’ behind Microsoft on security: Kaspersky  —  Welcome to Microsoft's world, Eugene Kaspersky tells Apple  —  The recent Flashback/Flashfake malware outbreak targeting Apple's Mac computers is likely to be just the start of a new wave of attacks aimed at the system …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Best Buy Connect no longer accepting new activations, service to end June 1st (update: confirmed)  —  Remember Best Buy Connect?  If so, you'll soon have a few more megabytes of humanized DDR3 freed up, as it appears that the retail giant is ready to put the kibosh on its own branded mobile …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs' Plan for a Willy Wonka-Style Celebration of the Millionth iMac  —  Among the many anecdotes about Steve Jobs included in Ken Segall's new book, Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success, one in particular stands out for its glimpse into Jobs' character …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Amazon Starts Bringing the Art of Recommendations to Daily Deals  —  Amazon is taking its first step in bringing the recommendation technology that the e-commerce site is known for to the daily deals space.  —  To be sure, no one has yet solved targeting in the space …
Joanna Stern / ABC NEWS:
Facebook Support Dashboard Provides More Information about Reported Content  —  Facebook isn't only beefing up security this week, it's also becoming a bit more transparent.  Today the company is rolling out a new Support Dashboard, allowing users to see the exact status of filed reports.
Margery A. Beck / Associated Press:
Google investing $300M to build Iowa data center  —  COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Google Inc. announced Tuesday it was investing $300 million to build another data center in Council Bluffs, bringing the Internet search company's total investment in the western Iowa city to about $900 million.
More: 9to5Google and Engadget
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
With over 200M users, Google Translate processes 1 million books worth of text a day  —  I have to say that I never really found Google Translate all that useful until I started traveling internationally.  Thanks to the service, I was able to translate tweets from Hebrew into English within seconds …

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