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April 24, 2013, 3:30 PM

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David Pierce / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy S4 review  —  How do you upgrade the best-selling Android phone of all time?  —  Years ago, people either bought an iPhone or “a Droid.”  Verizon's marketing power, those insane robot ads, and maybe that just-close-enough naming convention made the carrier's Android phones …
Brian Klug / AnandTech:
Samsung Galaxy S 4 Review  —  It's no secret that Samsung enjoyed huge success with Galaxy S 3 (henceforth SGS3 and SGS4 for Galaxy S 4).  In many markets, SGS3 was easily the Android handset to beat, even as faster and arguably better hardware became available during the life of its product cycle.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Samsung Blames “Overwhelming Demand” for Galaxy S 4 Inventory Issues  —  Samsung said Wednesday that broad global demand is behind delays in U.S. availability for its new Galaxy S 4.  —  “Due to overwhelming global demand of Galaxy S 4, the initial supply may be limited,” a Samsung representative told AllThingsD.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Sprint, T-Mobile Delay Retail Launch for Samsung Galaxy S 4  —  Sprint said on Wednesday that it won't have availability of Samsung's Galaxy S 4 on Saturday, as planned.  —  “We had planned to launch this next generation of the award-winning Samsung Galaxy line-up on Saturday, April 27,” Sprint said in a statement.
Brad Stone / Businessweek:
Here Comes Amazon's Kindle TV Set-Top Box  —  Amazon (AMZN) is making e-readers, tablets and will likely soon introduce a smartphone.  As it works to build all types of connected devices, that leaves a natural next step: a television set-top box.  The e-commerce giant is planning to introduce …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Microsoft to unveil next Xbox at event on May 21st at its Redmond campus  —  We've just received an invite from Microsoft to an event on May 21st where it will show off the next version of its Xbox console and media box.  The next version of the company's media play has been expected for a while …
Lisa Maria Garza / Reuters:
MetroPCS shareholders approve merger with T-Mobile USA  —  (Reuters) - MetroPCS Communications Inc (PCS.N) shareholders voted Wednesday to approve a merger with No. 4 U.S. wireless service provider T-Mobile USA, after T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom AG (DTEGn.DE) sweetened its terms under pressure from activist shareholders.
Reuters:
Analysis: Sleeping ad giant Amazon finally stirs  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is known in the advertising industry as the “sleeping giant” because the world's largest Internet retailer harbors a trove of consumer-spending data that many marketers have called an unrealized opportunity.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
WWDC 2013 Tickets On Sale April 25 At 10AM PT, Runs June 10-14  —  Apple has just released the official announcement for its 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference.  Every year, it releases tickets for the developer-focused event at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and every year, they sell out faster than the year before.
Steven M. Davidoff / DealBook:
A Flawed Bidding Process Leaves Dell at a Loss  —  The private equity firm Blackstone Group has exited the stage for Dell, abruptly bringing down the curtain on a budding takeover contest.  It has the elements of a farce, and Dell's board has no one to blame but itself.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Nintendo makes second consecutive annual loss as Wii U misses expectations  —  Nintendo made a loss in 2012 for the second consecutive year as its new Wii U console failed to spark excitement among consumers.  The company's operating loss was 36.4 billion yen ($366 million) for the 2012 fiscal year …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Nokia Puts WhatsApp Hard Key On $72 Asha 210 For Asia, Africa; Qwerty S40 Handset Gets Facebook Button In Europe, Latam  —  Nokia has announced another handset in its Series 40-based Asha portfolio of low end mobiles which compete with the budget end of Android and cheap BlackBerrys.
Vince Horiuchi / Salt Lake Tribune:
Council approves iProvo sale to Google  —  Technology » But Provo reveals it will have to pay $1.7M to complete the deal.  —  | The Salt Lake Tribune  —  The Provo Municipal Council voted Tuesday to approve the sale of its financially-troubled iProvo fiber-optic Internet to Google, paving the way for it to become Google Fiber.
Mat Honan / Wired:
Twitter Now Has a Two-Step Solution  —  Twitter has a working two-step security solution undergoing internal testing before incrementally rolling it out to users, something it hopes to begin doing shortly, Wired has learned.  —  Such a system will drastically reduce the risk of Twitter users having …
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:
Apple celebrates a decade of iTunes with in-app microsite  —  Apple is marking the 10th anniversary of iTunes with a special microsite which, in a rather nice touch, opens in iTunes itself.  While the anniversary is on Sunday, the site is already live in the US and UK, though not apparently in all countries ...
John Callaham / Neowin:
Microsoft puts in new tile-based ad format in Outlook.com  —  While we are still waiting for the promised Skype integration for Outlook.com, Microsoft's advertising division has just launched a new ad format for the web email service that has a tile-like interface.  In fact, Microsoft calls the new format versaTiles.
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Sprint reports quarterly net loss of $643 million, sees iPhone sales drop by a third  —  Sprint managed to lose a million customers and over a billion dollars last quarter.  This time it's not quite as bad, with a net loss of $643 million on revenue that was broadly equivalent to the same quarter of last year (around $8.8 billion).

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