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April 22, 2013, 4:55 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 8.1 set to bring back the Start button  —  Microsoft is preparing to revive the traditional Start button it killed with Windows 8.  Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that Windows 8.1 will include the return of the Start button.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Now for Google's Homepage in Testing  —  It looks like Google Now won't be limited to Android, iOS and Chrome, it will also be added to Google's homepage.  Some code from a page that's tested by Google offers more information about this feature. … That's how Google introduces the new feature.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo! Unveils Brand New iOS App, Including Built-In Summly Summaries  —  Yahoo! acquired startup Summly for somewhere around $30 million just one month ago, but it's already bearing fruit.  First, there was the Summly summarized version of its Q1 2013 earnings last week …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google Glass code hints at spatial gestures, including two-finger browser zoom and winking to take a photo  —  Google appears to be planning an interesting set of gestures for its Glass project, letting you use your fingers, head, and eyes to perform certain functions.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Netflix Beats Analyst Estimates, With 29.2 Million US Subscribers And $1 Billion In Q1 Revenue  —  Netflix reported positive first quarter numbers, including revenues of $1.02 billion during the first three months of the year.  The company also announced that it added 2 million domestic in the quarter …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Netflix will offer $11.99 family plan with up to four simultaneous streams  —  Netflix currently permits subscribers to stream two movies or TV shows simultaneously from different devices, but according to the company's top executives, that limit is about to grow.
hueypriest / reddit:
Reflections on the Recent Boston Crisis  —  After some reflection we want to share our thoughts about the reddit activity during the recent crisis in Boston.  We all need to look at what happened and make sure that in the future we do everything we can to help and not hinder crisis situations.
Karin Matussek / Bloomberg:
Google Fined 145,000 Euros Over Wi-Fi Data Collection in Germany  —  Google Inc. (GOOG), operator of the world's largest Internet search engine, was fined 145,000 euros ($189,230) by a German regulator for collecting wireless-network data by its cars taking photos for the Street View service.
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Nokia teases QWERTY phone announcement on April 24th  —  Official teasers rarely provide much in the way of detail, but this one from Nokia at least comes with a pretty picture.  It reveals the rounded design language we have come to associate with the company's latest feature phones …
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Tumblr Launches Mobile Ads Today In Big Revenue Push  —  Users of iOS and Android Apps Will See Up to 4 Ads Per Day  —  Tumblr is launching its mobile ads today, marking the first time the 6-year-old startup is placing ads that look and feel like regular posts on the blog network.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Facebook tries Google's WebP image format; users squawk  —  It's a major endorsement for the file format, but not some social-network members are upset to have lost their flexible, sharable JPEGs.  —  This shows the same image in JPEG and WebP, with WebP on the right.
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
The rise and fall of AMD: How an underdog stuck it to Intel  —  In part one of this two-part series, we look at the evolution of AMD from a second-source supplier for companies using Intel processors towards CEO Hector Ruiz's ideal of a “premium” chipmaker that could sell to the likes of Dell and Intel.
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
IBM buys UrbanCode for its devops chops  —  If there was any doubt that devops — the practice of getting development and operations teams to work together to design and deploy software fast, here's more evidence: IBM is buying UrbanCode.  —  Cleveland-based UrbanCode's software helps automate …
Jon Healey / Los Angeles Times:
Grooveshark adds a new feature: broadcasting  —  A screen grab of a new feature dubbed “Broadcast” at Grooveshark, a controversial online music-on-demand service.  (Grooveshark)  —  Grooveshark, still evolving in spite of lawsuits by major record companies, is launching a new feature Wednesday …
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Facebook Home passes 500,000 installations on Google Play one week after launch  —  Facebook's new Home Android launcher has passed the 500,000 download mark on the Google Play store after a little over a week in the wild, though it continues to accumulate mostly negative reviews and has sunk to an average rating of 2.2.

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