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May 1, 2012, 2:50 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
BlackBerry 10: a closer look (video)  —  We've taken a closer look at the UI elements revealed during RIM's BlackBerry World keynote and put together a video detailing the major new elements we've seen.  Firstly and foremost, RIM is focusing heavily on gestures to move between and within apps.
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
BlackBerry 10 dev alpha unit unveiled: 4.2-inch screen, 1280 x 768 resolution  —  Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.  In this instance, it just leaves us wanting more.  The image you see above is RIM's official dev unit for its just launched BlackBerry 10 platform.
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Zuckerberg's Dinners with Girlfriend Help Spur Life-Saving Facebook Tool  —  Conversations over the dinner table with his med-student girlfriend helped Mark Zuckerberg formulate his latest big idea — harnessing the power of Facebook to help eliminate the critical shortage of organs …
New York Times:
Data Engineer in Google Case Is Identified  —  At the center of the uproar over a Google project that scooped up personal data from potentially millions of unsuspecting people is the company software engineer who wrote the code.  —  Google has declined to identify the engineer, as has the Federal Communications Commission.
Satya Patel / Twitter Blog:
Discover better stories  —  The Discover tab makes it easy to discover information that matters to you without having to follow additional accounts.  Starting today, the Discover tab will begin to surface content that is even more personalized and meaningful to you.
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
This Is What a Kickstarter Scam Looks Like  —  “Seth Westfall,” the creator and cofounder of “Little Monster Productions.”  (kickstarter.com)  —  When Kickstarter projects go wrong, backers often think they've been scammed; usually, the creators simply overpromised.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple wants U.S. district court to obscure Samsung logo on video display for jurors  —  After just blogging about the technical and timeline-related part of a joint Apple-Samsung filing made a few hours ago, I now have some tidbits from the filing that are, in a way, more entertaining.
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
iPad ‘4G’ claims face scrutiny from UK regulator  —  In Australia, iPad users unhappy with 4G claims were offered refunds  —  The Advertising Standards Authority has widened its inquiry into the advertising of the Apple iPad.  —  The BBC understands the regulator is not satisfied that Apple …
AppleInsider:
Samsung overtakes Apple to claim smartphone market share lead  —  Despite strong growth year-over-year, Apple ceded its spot as the world's top smartphone vendor in the first quarter of 2012 as Samsung boosted both smartphone and feature phone shipments to record levels.
Jbat / John Battelle's Search Blog:
Does the Pebble Cause a Ripple In Apple's Waters?  —  Ever since the Pebble watch became an cause célèbre in tech circles for its kickass Kickstarter moves (it's raised almost $7mm dollars and counting), something's been nagging me about the company and its product.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Nope!  Still No Bubble Here, Says Marc Andreessen.  —  It will be a man-bites-dog story when a prominent tech investor comes out and declares that we are in fact in a bubble, and that they've stopped investing in tech companies.  —  But for the record: Marc Andreessen …
Burt Helm / Inc.com:
Turntable.fm: Where Did Our Love Go?  —  The partners behind a one-time “next big thing” go to South by Southwest to win back the adoration of the tech world—and figure out how to make their partnership work.  —  Last summer, Turntable.fm set techie hearts pounding: Billy Chasen and Seth Goldstein …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Digg's Tech Team Heads for the Washington Post, and Digg Looks for a Lifeline  —  Digg isn't done.  Yet.  —  But it's looking pretty close.  The Washington Post is in the process of buying/hiring the news aggregator's technology team, but isn't purchasing the business itself …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Signpost, the AdSense for local business, raises $3.75M  —  As local businesses move their marketing spending from Yellow Page listings and mailers to online ads, there's a growing opportunity to help them make the transition.  Signpost, a New York start-up, has been growing quickly by filling this gap for local merchants.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
HTML5 Start-Up Crocodoc Signs Up Dropbox, LinkedIn and SAP as Paying Customers  —  Crocodoc, a start-up that quickly converts PDFs and Office documents to HTML5, already has an impressive list of customers: Dropbox, LinkedIn, SAP, Yammer and Edomodo.  —  The Crocodoc founding team breaks for a glamour shot.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Newvem Raises $4M From Greylock, Eric Schmidt To Help AWS Customers Spend Less Money  —  Startup Newvem, which offers a SaaS based service for Amazon/AWS customers that aims to help businesses spend less money and gain more value from Amazon's cloud infrastructure, has raised $4 million …
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