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April 16, 2013, 12:25 PM

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Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
Google Glass tech specs: 5MP/720P camera, 802.11b/g Wifi 16GB storage (12GB usable), full day battery  —  Along with today's Glass API release, Google now officially announced specs for the Glass Explorer editions.  Notable is the camera which will take 5 Megapixel images or 720P video.
Alexis Santos / Engadget:
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google's Next Group of Gadgets Will Blow You Away, Says Eric Schmidt  —  Google chairman Eric Schmidt is spending a lot of time on the road right now — he's got a new book to promote — but he has popped into Google's Motorola unit to see what the phone company is working up.  —  It's amazing stuff, he promises.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Facebook's Chat Heads Come to iPhones, iPad With App Update  —  You can't get Facebook Home on iPhone.  But very soon you'll be able to get one of the most buzzed-about features from Facebook's new mobile software set: “Chat Heads” are coming to iOS devices, via a Facebook app update.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Facebook 6.0 for iPad and iPhone: hands-on with Chat Heads, stickers, and more  —  Perhaps you hadn't noticed, but we're in the midst of a fairly remarkable blitz of Facebook releases on mobile.  The company announced Facebook Home and the HTC First and then (in a pattern that's all-too-rare) released both about a week later.
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Bloomberg:
Twitter Said to Seek Deals With Viacom, NBC to Feature TV Online  —  Twitter Inc. is close to reaching partnerships with television networks that would bring more high-quality video content and advertising to the social site, according to people familiar with the matter.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Windows 8 Plan B(lue): Bring back the Start button, boot to desktop  —  Summary: Microsoft may be moving toward bringing back the Start Button and allowing users to boot straight to the desktop with its coming Windows 8.1 release later this year.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
WhatsApp “Bigger Than Twitter” With Over 200M Monthly Active Users, 8B Inbound And 12B Outbound Messages Daily  —  WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum was on stage today at the AllThingsD Dive Into Mobile conference in New York City, where he said that the app is now larger than Twitter by monthly active users.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
AT&T's Galaxy S 4 page lists April 30th ship date, $199 / $639 price for 16GB  —  We saw AT&T open up a registration page for the Galaxy S 4 almost as soon as Samsung's presentation was over, but now that link is exposing a bit more information.  Several tipsters let us know that for customers …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple says small number of Apple TVs have WiFi issues, opens replacement program  —  Apple has informed its official retail stores, AppleCare employees, and authorized resellers that a small number of third-generation Apple TV units have WiFi issues.  These issues surround not being able …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google: Mobile Web Access Speeds Increased 30% Over The Last 12 Months  —  Mobile browsing got significantly faster over the last 12 months, according to a new report from Google, and the average page load times on mobile are now comparable to desktop page load times.
Gregory Ferenstein / TechCrunch:
Details Of Immigration Bill Revealed, More High-Skilled Visas And Employer Fees  —  New details of the highly anticipated comprehensive immigration reform bill have leaked ahead of its introduction to Congress on Tuesday (April 16).  Most of the technology industry will be pleased …
More: Politico and The Verge
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Facebook Home available outside US later today, first update coming ‘second week of May’  —  On stage at AllThingsD's Dive Into Mobile conference today, Cory Ondrejka, head of mobile engineering at Facebook, announced that the first update to Facebook Home for Android will be released in “the second week of May.”
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Gracenote co-founder on ‘iPod day’ and better music through data  —  It was April 2000 when the team at Gracenote got a call from Apple that would change its business forever.  Apple wouldn't give Gracenote any specifics, but it did offer up some prescient advice: “You need to buy more servers.”
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Trader admits fraud in $1 billion Apple stock scheme  —  (Reuters) - A former Rochdale Securities trader whose unauthorized purchase of about $1 billion of Apple Inc stock caused the demise of the financial services company pleaded guilty on Monday to wire fraud and conspiracy.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Netflix plans its move from Microsoft Silverlight to HTML5 video  —  Last month Google announced that Netflix was now available on ARM-based Samsung Chromebooks thanks to the use of HTML5 video — and now the streaming service has outlined its larger plans to eventually move to the format for all computers.
Andy / TorrentFreak:
Massive BitTorrent and Cyberlocker Domain Crackdown Underway (Updated)  —  The action is being billed as “A Monster from Rome” and when you look at the scale and implications that's hard to contest.  —  The Public Prosecutor of Rome, Italy, has targeted a total of 27 file-sharing related sites …

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