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May 1, 2012, 8:45 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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Roadshow to Start Monday; IPO Set for May 18  —  Facebook Inc. is planning to start its roadshow to pitch its stock to investors on Monday, as the social network enters the final stages of its coming public offering, said people familiar with the matter.
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
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 …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Skype replaces P2P supernodes with Linux boxes hosted by Microsoft (updated)  —  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.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
GREE Acquires Mobile-Social Game Developer Funzio For $210M  —  Japanese gaming giant GREE just acquired mid-core, mobile game developer Funzio for $210 million in what should boost its abilities to build games for Western audiences.  Funzio is behind Crime City, Modern War and Kingdom Age.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Google, Wi-Fi snooping and the ever-shifting “creepy” line  —  Google's snooping of wireless networks via its Street View cars — behavior that triggered an FCC investigation as well as multiple lawsuits — is back in the news, with a report on Tuesday from the New York Times that identifies the engineer behind the project.
New York Times:
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.
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 …
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.
Miguel de Icaza / Xamarin:
Android Ported to C#  —  Oracle and Google are currently in a $1 billion wrestling match over Google's use of Java in Android.  —  But Java is not the only way to build native apps on Android.  In fact, it's not even the best way: we have been offering C# to Android developers as a high-performance …
More: Android CommunityThanks:@ckindel
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Global Payments Breach Window Expands  —  A hacker break-in at credit and debit card processor Global Payments Inc. dates back to at least early June 2011, Visa and MasterCard warned in updated alerts sent to card-issuing banks in the past week.  The disclosures offer the first additional details …
More: ZDNet

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