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April 21, 2013, 6:55 PM

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Matt Rosoff / CITEworld:
Microsoft's Surface strategy is doing what it was supposed to do  —  Yesterday Microsoft reported flat Windows revenue from the year before, despite an unprecedented drop in PC sales — IDC put the drop at 14%, and outgoing Microsoft CFO Peter Klein suggested during the company's earnings call …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Boston police chief: facial recognition tech didn't help find bombing suspects  —  While the whole country is relieved that this past week's Boston Marathon bombing ordeal and subsequent lockdown of the city is finally over, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis told the Washington Post …
Wall Street Journal:
The Dark Side of the Digital Revolution  —  Google's Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, fresh from a visit to North Korea in January, on why the Internet is far from an unalloyed good to the citizens of dictatorships around the world.  —  How do you explain to people that they are a YouTube sensation …
More: Guardian and GuardianTweets: @garyrosenwsj and @ericschmidt
Marc Rogers / The Official Lookout Blog:
The Bearer of BadNews  —  Lookout has discovered BadNews, a new malware family, in 32 apps across four different developer accounts in Google Play.  According to Google Play statistics, the combined affected applications have been downloaded between 2,000,000 - 9,000,000 times.
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Exclusive: EBay recruits users in push against sales tax legislation  —  (Reuters) - EBay Inc Chief Executive John Donahoe began emailing millions of users of the company's online marketplace on Sunday in an unprecedented lobbying effort to change looming Federal sales tax legislation.
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Comedy Central to Host Comedy Festival on Twitter  —  Next week, Comedy Central will host a five-day comedy festival that includes a lineup of legends like Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner alongside popular young comics like Amy Schumer and the director Paul Feig.  —  But there will be no smoky comedy clubs.
Chris Morris / GamesIndustry International:
Nintendo: Our digital sales are soaring  —  Reggie Fils-Aime tells us that Fire Emblem alone sold around 80,000 units digitally; also, the pace of Wii U releases will increase “dramatically”  —  Last August, Nintendo began to more fully embrace digital distribution as a way to get games in people's hands …
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Several CBS Twitter accounts hijacked by Syrian conflict propagandists (update)  —  CBS has confirmed on Twitter that several of its accounts were compromised earlier today, including those for 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, and a local Denver affiliate.  While the perpetrator of the hijack is unknown …
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
IBM Takes a Beating  —  Shares Plunge 8% as Revenue Drop Rattles Investors  —  All winning streaks come to an end.  For International Business Machines Corp., the moment came this week.  —  After reporting profits that at least met Wall Street's expectations for 31 straight quarters dating …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Report: Facebook is Iowa's Mystery Data Center Prospect  —  Will a huge data center like this one rise in Altoona, Iowa?  Local sources say Facebook is the company behind Altoona's Project Catapult.  This is a look at the Facebook data center in Forest City, North Carolina.  (Photo: Rich Miller)
Jay Rossite / The Yahoo! Yodel:
Sharpening our focus - to bring you new Yahoo! products  —  Like we announced last month, we want to bring you experiences that inspire and entertain you every day.  That means taking a hard look at all of our products to make sure they are still central to your daily habits.
Andrew Huang / bunnie's blog:
The $12 Gongkai Phone  —  How cheap can you make a phone?  —  Recently, I paid $12 at Mingtong Digital Mall for a complete phone, featuring quad-band GSM, Bluetooth, MP3 playback, and an OLED display plus keypad for the UI.  Simple, but functional; nothing compared to a smartphone …
More: Gizmodo and SlashGearTweets: @scottjenson

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