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April 21, 2013, 3:40 PM

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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.
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: @ericschmidt
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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:
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
TechCrunch:
Another Win For Flat Design As Facebook Gives Its F Logo & Other Icons A Flatter, Cleaner Look  —  Facebook has given its main “f” logo icon a makeover, flattening the design by removing the pale blue bar along the bottom, which gave the icon a reflective sheen/slight 3D effect …

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