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April 16, 2013, 4:40 PM

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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.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Google chairman Eric Schmidt on Facebook Home: ‘I love it’  —  July 9-10, 2013  —  NEW YORK CITY — Facebook Home takes away part of the Android experience in favor of social networking.  But outspoken Google chairman Eric Schmidt said today at the Dive into Mobile conference …
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.
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.
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Leaked Document Shows AppGratis Used Lure Of App Store Rankings To Attract Cash From Developers  —  AppGratis, the app-discovery app that Apple removed last week for closely mimicking the official App Store, started an online petition yesterday that encourages users to ask Apple to let it return.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Windows Phone Head Myerson: Android “Still Kind of a Mess”  —  In an interview at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference today, the leader of Microsoft's Windows Phone division, Terry Myerson, said that the software giant's mobile effort continued to cast it as a “challenger,” but that Google's Android market was “still kind of a mess.”
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Mailbox Drops Its Reservation System As It Revamps To Handle 100M Messages/Day  —  Mailbox, the email-reading and organizing app that was scooped up by Dropbox for reportedly $100 million in March after a barnstorming entry to the market, is dropping its reservation system …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Escaping PCs  —  The Windows PC market is contracting.  The market data has been showing unit shipment declining for some time with the latest quarter having perhaps the steepest decline for two decades.  —  What remains undocumented however is how the market looks when considering economic value.
More: Fortune and InfoWorld
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Facebook partners with Rovi to bring more in-depth movie and TV content info to user profiles  —  Facebook has announced it will be integrating digital entertainment service Rovi Corporation into its platform.  The two companies have agreed to form a partnership whereby Rovi's information database of movies …

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