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May 1, 2012, 5:50 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.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
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:
Facebook Is Urging Members to Add Organ Donor Status  —  Nearly 7,000 people in the United States die each year while waiting for an organ transplant.  It is a number that Facebook hopes to lower with its vast network of 161 million members in this country.
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.
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.
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Barnes & Noble CEO: NFC coming to the Nook  —  The battle for e-book dollars became a lot more interesting earlier this week when Barnes & Noble (BKS) announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft (MSFT).  Over the next five years, the Redmond, Washington-based software giant will invest …
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.
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.
Quentin Hardy / Bits:
Google Offers Big-Data Analytics  —  Google is selling some of its analytic guts as an online service, in an effort to compete with the likes of Amazon Web Services in the market for enterprise cloud computing.  —  In November, Google offered a limited number of developers access …
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.
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Foursquare Blog:
A faster way for businesses to start connecting with customers on foursquare  —  Over 20,000,000 people use foursquare to discover and share new experiences.  It's also an incredibly powerful tool for businesses who want to connect with their customers, and over 750,000 of them have already signed …
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 …
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.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Motorola Mobility loses $86 million in Q1, device shipments way down  —  Well, the first quarter of 2012 is officially over Motorola Mobility, and the financial news is rather sobering for the company.  While revenues were up, the climb was modest, to just $3.1 billion.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Engineer Behind ‘Presence’ Is Turning The Concept Into A Standalone Company  —  One of the geeky, cute contraptions of the early Facebook days was a web-enabled beer keg at company headquarters.  Whenever an employee swiped their RFID badge on it, a camera would snap a photo …
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 …
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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.

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Zoho:
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Igloo:
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