May 1, 2012, 11:50 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:
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 …
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.
Michelle Maltais / Los Angeles Times:
California gets boost in organ donors after Facebook update  —  Screen shot from the video explaining how Facebook users can include their donor status in their biographical details.  —  Facebook sharing can be more than an idle waste of time.  California's organ donor registry …
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
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 …
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 …
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.
Mark Milian / Bloomberg:
Twitter Said to Have Considered Buying Mobile Photo App Camera+  —  Soon after Facebook agreed to pay $1 billion for Instagram, social networking rival Twitter considered acquiring a mobile photo-sharing application called Camera+, two people with knowledge of the negotiations said.
More: CNET
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Revealed: Facebook Messenger for iPad, iPhone app with video chat in the works  —  While Facebook has focused on smartphones for its standalone Facebook Messenger app, the company is currently developing a version for the Apple iPad.  A reliable source has provided an in-depth look …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Mozilla Slams CISPA, Breaking Silicon Valley's Silence On Cybersecurity Bill  —  While the Internet has been bristling with anger over the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, the Internet industry has been either silent or quietly supportive of the controversial bill.  With one exception.
More: The VergeThanks:@forbestech
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
New Firefox design will offer uniform look across desktop and mobile  —  Mozilla recently combined its desktop and mobile design teams with the aim of unifying the Firefox user experience across form factors.  A presentation slide deck published by Mozilla's Madhava Enros offers some insight …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Yuri Milner, Dave Morin, SV Angel, CrunchFund And More Hook Up Pair With $4.2M  —  For a social network that's, for lack of a better term, monogamous, social network for couples Pair has just raised funding from so many high-profile investors I'm having trouble picking who to include in this headline …
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
HP reclaims top spot in PC sales, market as a whole climbs 21 percent  —  Well, Apple's reign atop the list of the world's top PC makers was short lived.  After clawing its way into the lead, if you counted the iPad as a PC, HP is back atop the heap — even with Cupertino's tablet-inflated numbers.

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