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April 16, 2013, 7:20 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.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Talking heads: how a late-night hack turned into Facebook's next big thing  —  Facebook gambles on private messages as the future of mobile  —  On a Wednesday almost one year ago, Facebook product designers Joey Flynn and Brandon Walkin decided to work from home.
More: TechCrunch
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 …
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Motorola Plans Stock Android Phones, Sized ‘Just Right’  —  Motorola might be building my dream phone.  Jim Wicks, Motorola's design chief, said the company's first round of products designed after Google's purchase of the company will follow a philosophy of “better is better” rather than …
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.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Yahoo's Q1 2013 revenue of $1.14 billion doesn't excite, but its $0.35 in EPS beats expectations  —  Today Yahoo reported its first quarter financial performance, including revenue of $1.14 billion, and earnings per share of $0.35 on a GAAP basis, and $0.38 on a non-GAAP basis.
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.”
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.
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Yep, The Immigration Bill's Path To Citizenship Is The Real Deal  —  After months of vague talking points about creating a “path to citizenship” versus a “special path to citizenship” versus “amnesty,” the Senate's “Gang of 8” finally has an immigration bill ready.
More: The Hill
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Intel's Q1 2013 Meets Revenue Expectations At $12.6B, Misses On EPS At $0.40 As PC Market Slows  —  Intel's fiscal Q1 earnings are out today, and the company reported profit and earnings at expectations on revenue with $12.6 billion for the quarter, and below on earnings per share at $0.40, according to Bloomberg's analyst consensus.
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
Data for the Boston Marathon Investigation Will Be Crowdsourced  —  The investigation of Monday's deadly twin bombings in Boston will rely to an extraordinary extent on crowdsourced surveillance, provided by Marathon spectators' cellphone photos, Vine videos, and Instagram feeds.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Waze CEO Noam Bardin: the future of mobile is fighting for a user's time  —  Noam Bardin, CEO of Waze, just took the stage here at D:Dive Into Mobile, taking part in a wide-ranging discussion hosted by Liz Gannes.  Aside from dodging questions about potential acquisitions …

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