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April 9, 2013, 12:40 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft planning Xbox event for May  —  Microsoft had originally been planning to unveil its next-generation Xbox details at an event in April, but The Verge has learned that the company has pushed this back to May.  Windows watcher Paul Thurrott revealed recently that Microsoft is planning …
Sarah Silbert / Engadget:
Intel announces next-gen Thunderbolt with 20 Gbps throughput, 4K support  —  Here at NAB, Intel just introduced the next generation of its Thunderbolt interface, which promises a data rate of 20 Gbps in both directions (on each of the two channels) as opposed to 10 Gbps for the previous version.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Confirmed: Apple Kicks AppGratis Out of the Store for Being Too Pushy  —  Apple has ousted a popular app-discovery application from its iTunes App Store, claiming the app circumvented App Store rules preventing applications promoting other apps and direct marketing.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
News Corp. Threatens to Pull Fox off the Airwaves if Aereo Wins  —  Goodbye, free TV?  —  News Corp. COO Chase Carey said his conglomerate is considering moving programming from its Fox broadcast network, which viewers can receive over the air, for free, to its pay cable networks.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
WhatsApp: We're Not Selling to Google  —  Popular messaging app WhatsApp says it is not in discussion to sell the company to Google.  —  Neeraj Arora, WhatsApp's business development head, told AllThingsDigital today that the company is not holding sales talks with Google.
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Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Posts Record-Low Profit After Latest Smartphone Delayed  —  HTC Corp. (2498), Taiwan's largest smartphone maker, posted its lowest quarterly profit on record after the delay of a new flagship phone caused revenue to miss the company's target.  —  First-quarter net income plunged 98 percent …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
HP launches Project Moonshot, powered with Intel's Atom at first  —  Summary: HP's bet to be a server leader revolves around hyperscale servers, targeted workloads, power savings and better density.  At stake is HP's reputation as an innovator.  —  Hewlett-Packard launched its Moonshot server line …
Ryan Tate / Wired:
Move Over, Apple and Google: Apperating Systems Are Taking Over Your Phones  —  Last week's Facebook announcement was not much of a surprise.  Everyone knew Zuck & Co. were out to invade Android, offering big, blue and white thumbs to stamp on every aspect of a user's mobile experience.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Does WebKit face a troubled future now that Google is gone?  —  Now that Google is going its own way and developing its rendering engine independently of the WebKit project, both sides of the split are starting the work of removing all the things they don't actually need.
Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
Hey, Tim Cook: We found an executive to run Apple Retail for you  —  Ron Johnson is out as CEO of J.C. Penney.  After less than two years on the job, it's not quite clear what the next step would be for him.  Luckily for him, it just so happens that Johnson's former employer, Apple …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Elsevier Has Bought Mendeley For $69M-$100M To Expand Its Open, Social Education Data Efforts  —  Educational publisher Elsevier is diving deeper into the world of open and social educational data: it has bought Mendeley, the London/New York-based provider of a platform for academics …
New York Times:
Chief Tries to Infuse Yahoo With a Start-Up's Spirit  —  Since taking the reins at Yahoo, Marissa Mayer has been trying to convince customers and employees that there is still life in a company that Silicon Valley long ago left for dead.  —  Yahoo, an Internet pioneer …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Just Six Months After Being Acquired, Twitter's Vine Hits #1 Free Spot On Apple's App Store  —  Twitter acquired the mini-video-taking app Vine last October before it ever launched, sending everyone into a frenzy about the company getting into the video space.  —  In late January, Twitter finally launched the app to much applause.
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft dangles Windows 8, Office 2013 carrots to get SMBs off Windows XP  —  Summary: Microsoft is offering small and midsize business users a limited-time 15 percent price break on Windows 8 and Office 2013 in the hopes of convincing them to move off Windows XP.

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