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May 1, 2012, 4:20 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.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
No new devices, but RIM talks up its virtual BlackBerry keypad  —  RIM won't have any new BlackBerry devices until much later this year, but it's showing off its new BlackBerry 10 OS and an updated virtual keyboard at its annual BlackBerry World conference.  ORLANDO, Fla. …
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  —  When Kickstarter projects go wrong, backers often think they've been scammed; usually, the creators simply overpromised.  But a campaign for an action video game, MYTHIC: The Story Of Gods and Men, has just been busted by forum users at Reddit, SomethingAwful and Rock, Paper, Shotgun.
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 …
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.
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.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
The Verge Just Hired A Boatload Of Writers To Take On TechCrunch And All Things D  —  When Vox Media's The Verge launched last year, it looked like it would be another rival to gadget sites like Gawker's Gizmodo and AOL's Engadget.  —  It turns out editor-in-chief Josh Topolsky and publisher Marty Moe …
More: The Verge and The TechBlockTweets: @parislemon and @alexia
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.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Skype replaces P2P supernodes with Linux boxes hosted by Microsoft  —  Microsoft has drastically overhauled the network running its Skype voice-over-IP service, replacing peer-to-peer client machines with thousands of Linux boxes that have been hardened against the most common types of hack attacks, a security researcher said.
More: Liliputing
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Apple Doesn't Want Musicians to See Secret Steve Jobs Deposition  —  In bringing a class-action lawsuit against Universal Music over digital music revenues, musicians trigger a big objection from Apple.  —  Steve Jobs  —  Aftermath Records, a division of Universal Music Group …
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Barnes & Noble CEO: NFC coming to the Nook  —  William Lynch talks about the future of the Nook business — including how the company's software could be used in Windows and the potential of NFC chips showing up soon.  —  FORTUNE — The battle for e-book dollars became a lot more interesting earlier …
More: EngadgetThanks:@jpmanga
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.
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
GrubHub Debuts OrderHub; A Food Delivery And Order Management Android Tablet App For Restaurants  —  Chicago-based startup GrubHub, a service that lets you order food for delivery or take out from local restaurants online or by mobile phone, is debuting a new tablet technology for restaurants called OrderHub.

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