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April 23, 2013, 12:10 AM

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Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Netflix Surpasses HBO in U.S. Subscribers … Netflix reported 29.17 million domestic subscribers in the first quarter of 2013, surpassing HBO for the first time.  —  Netflix, which ended 2012 with 27.15 million domestic subs, added just over 2 million subs, according to first quarter results issued Monday.
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 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix Says Its “House of Cards” Strategy Worked, and Wall Street Agrees  —  Netflix's numbers are up, and they're what Wall Street wanted (for now!):  Shares are up 19 percent.  —  Revenue came in at the billion-dollar mark that analysts were looking for, and the company's U.S. streaming …
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.
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.
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.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Google keeps losing: ITC finally tosses Motorola's complaint against Apple  —  This week begins for Google like last week ended: with another failure to convert the $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility into leverage against a major rival.  On Friday a German court denied Google's Motorola …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Apple earnings could bring profit setback, despite record sales  —  The iPad maker is expected to report record sales Tuesday, but its profits could take a hit for the first time in a decade.  —  Apple could make history tomorrow with its biggest second-quarter sales yet …
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 …
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.
Reuters:
Senate votes to move forward on bill taxing Internet sales  —  (Reuters) - A measure to empower U.S. states to require out-of-state retailers to collect online sales tax cleared a legislative hurdle in the Senate on Monday, after earlier winning official backing from President Barack Obama.
Andrew Chen:
Why developers are leaving the Facebook platform  —  Attitudes towards the Facebook platform have changed  —  Recently, Bill Gurley of Benchmark wrote a great piece on how platform companies like Facebook, iOS, Android, eBay, and others manage the ecosystem around them.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
CBS Takes Stake in Syncbak, Eyeing Aereo Threat … CBS now owns a piece of Syncbak.  The Eye has taken a minority stake in the local TV streaming-video venture backed by broadcasters, one way the industry is responding to over-the-top startup Aereo, which refuses to pay retransmission fees …
Jonathan Seff / Macworld:
iTunes Store adds ‘buy now, download later’ option for video and music  —  In March, I wrote an article about how Apple should change the way iTunes Store purchases work.  Namely, that there should be a way to buy content now, but download it later—especially in the case of large video files such as movies or TV show seasons.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
For your robot-building needs, $45 BeagleBone Linux PC goes on sale  —  The brand-new BeagleBone Black.  —  BeagleBoard.org  —  The market for cheap single-board computers is becoming one of the most surprisingly competitive spaces in the tech industry.  On the heels of the million-selling …
More: Engadget
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.
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
CA snaps up Layer 7 as API management arena heats up  —  The management and quality control of application programming interfaces or APIs is hot now.  That's why CA Technologies is acquiring Layer 7 in a deal announced Monday, just days after Intel announced plans to by Mashery, another API management player.
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