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April 2, 2013, 7:50 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Apple to Begin iPhone Production This Quarter  —  Apple Inc. plans to begin production of a new iPhone similar in size and shape to its current one in the second quarter of the year, according to people familiar with the device's production, teeing up a possible summer launch for the next version of its flagship device.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Windows Blue looks to be named Windows 8.1  —  Summary: The Windows Blue operating system update is likely to be named “Windows 8.1” when it hits later this summer, according to sources.  —  Microsoft officials supposedly have decided on the final name for Windows Blue.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
iTunes URLs Appear To Be Losing Rank In Google Search  —  Google search is making it more difficult to surface iOS applications using typical user queries, like “Whatsapp iTunes,” “Whatsapp iPhone,” or searches by app name, for example.  In the past, this would return a page of search results …
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Verizon, AT&T could partner to take over Vodafone — report  —  The deal would see Verizon buy back the value Vodafone owns in its company, while AT&T would acquire all non-U.S. assets.  —  Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead  —  Verizon and AT&T could be teaming up to make a huge bid …
David Beren / TmoNews:
T-Mobile Sending Out Carrier Update Enabling LTE For Unlocked iPhone Devices On April 5th  —  As T-Mobile customers using unlocked AT&T or unlocked iPhone devices have had some lingering questions regarding their current device and LTE capability, we're happy to finally provide an answer.
Michael Kan / PC World:
Microsoft launches special Chinese version of Surface Pro aimed at home users  —  Microsoft is hoping to build momentum behind its Surface Pro tablet in China by launching a special edition including Office Home & Student 2013—but with Windows 8 Standard, rather than Windows 8 Pro.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Downtown Project Buys 100 Teslas To Launch Project 100, A Car-Sharing Service In Las Vegas  —  Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh's Downtown Project just announced a new venture called Project 100, a complete transportation system for Las Vegas.  For a monthly subscription fee, users will be able to borrow a car …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Elissa Murphy, One of Yahoo's High-Profile Tech Execs, Heads to Go Daddy as CTO (Memo Time!)  —  One of Yahoo's top women execs, Elissa Murphy, who is VP of engineering for cloud services, is departing the Silicon Valley Internet giant to become CTO and head of platform efforts at Go Daddy, said sources.
More: ZDNet
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Facebook Photo Phenom Instagram Gets a Business Lead to Scale Its Operations (and Presumably Revenue)  —  According to sources, Facebook has moved well-regarded exec Emily White to a new job as director of business operations at its Instagram mobile photo-sharing unit.
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Sorry Apple gets respect in China after tabloid trial  —  (Reuters) - With its rare apology, Apple Inc went from pariah to praiseworthy in the eyes of China's state-controlled media, a lesson for other foreign firms not to underestimate the speed and power of the government press.
Charlie Custer / Tech in Asia:
Baidu Reportedly Working on Google Glass-Like ‘Baidu Eye’  —  Where Google goes, so too goes Baidu?  It certainly seems the company may have been inspired by Google Glass if Sina Tech's report that the company is working on a new wearable tech product called Baidu Eye (pictured) is correct.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Zynga's Big Bet on Real-Money Gaming to Launch This Week in the U.K.  —  It's about time Zynga doubled down.  —  The company will roll out two real-money versions of its casino and poker games in the next few days, marking the gaming giant's first offerings in the online gambling space.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Sentiment Gives Way to Reality as HP Shares Crash on Goldman Downgrade  —  Shares of computing giant Hewlett-Packard are getting whacked pretty hard today in the wake of a significant downgrade by Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope.  —  In a research note to clients today, Shope wrote that …
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Google Faces Action in EU After Failing to Fix Privacy Policy  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) faces possible fines after six European Union data protection regulators started “coordinated” enforcement measures over the company's failure to fix flaws in a new privacy policy.
Ryan Mac / Forbes:
Tableau Files For IPO As Strong Run For Business Software Continues  —  Tableau Software is set to hold its initial public offering, according to an S-1 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission today, continuing a strong period of market debuts for enterprise software companies.
More: GeekWireThanks:@tomiogeron
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Facebook's Sandberg May Be Deposed in Antitrust Case  —  Facebook Inc. (FB) Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is scheduled to be questioned in a lawsuit alleging that seven technology companies broke antitrust laws by agreeing to not recruit from each other.

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