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April 26, 2013, 2:55 PM

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IDC:
More Smartphones Were Shipped in Q1 2013 Than Feature Phones, An Industry First According to IDC  —  The worldwide mobile phone market grew 4% year over year in the seasonally slow first quarter of 2013 (1Q13) as smartphones outshipped feature phones for the first time.
Aaron Pressman / Reuters:
Google's Schmidt says talking to glasses can be weird, inappropriate  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has been playing with his company's new combination glasses and mobile computer and said he finds the experience a little weird.  —  Talking out loud to control …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Android's Leaky Bucket: Loyalty Gives Apple the Edge Over Time  —  So, Android's seemingly inexorable ascension over the iPhone?  Not quite so inexorable anymore.  Apple's smartphone continues to gain share over devices running Google's mobile OS in the U.S.; so much so that …
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Google closes Facebook's loophole, bans non-Play store app updates in Android  —  After Facebook was found to be updating its Android app without using the Google Play store's update mechanisms, Google has clarified its terms and conditions to ensure no other developers attempt to circumvent its store.
Dr. Raymond M. Soneira / DisplayMate:
Galaxy S4 Display Technology Shoot-Out  —  Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S4 - Apple iPhone 5 Introduction The Samsung Galaxy S Smartphones are by far the most popular Android Smartphones and are flagship products for Samsung to show off its latest and greatest OLED display technology.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Wavii Shuts Down as It's Officially Acquired by Google  —  Wavii, which aggregated and summarized news, has been bought by Google.  —  News of the impending deal and its price ("more than $30 million") had already been widely discussed following Business Insider and TechCrunch reports …
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google Spent $291 Million on Acquisitions First Quarter  —  Google Inc. (GOOG), owner of the world's most popular search engine, spent $291 million on acquisitions and assets during the first quarter as the company looked to bolster revenue and user growth.  —  Among the eight deals last quarter …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Apple returns to plucking heartstrings with new iPhone 5 ad  —  Apple has released a new, one-minute commercial for the iPhone 5 that puts the focus on the camera.  First reported by 9to5Mac, the ad shows people using the iPhone's camera in a variety of situations over the plaintive sounds of a single piano.
AllThingsD:
Court Denies Motorola the Billions It Wanted From Microsoft for Standards-Essential Patents  —  A federal court in Seattle issued a ruling Thursday that could help settle the question of just how much a company can expect to reap from standards-essential patents.  —  Source: Microsoft
Steven Millward / Tech in Asia:
North Korea Sees Huge Growth in 3G Users, Now at 2 Million Subscribers  —  North Korea's sole 3G mobile telco, KoryoLink, has seen amazing growth in user numbers recently.  The NorthKoreaTech blog has spotted that KoryoLink's 3G user-base has doubled in the past 15 months …
Wall Street Journal:
Tax-Free Web Shopping Nears End  —  Online shoppers, beware.  Freedom from sales taxes is on the way out.  Late Thursday afternoon, in a 63-to-30 procedural vote, the Senate cleared the way for passage of a bill to effectively end tax-free shopping online.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Yahoo's Chairman Is Out Because Marissa Mayer Was Not His First Choice For CEO  —  Yahoo just announced that chairman Fred Amoroso will step down in June.  —  We've communicated with three Yahoo sources since the news broke.  —  Given what they told us, we think this is why Amoroso is out:
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Compassion Researcher Helps Facebook's Apps Get Emotional With Animated Stickers  —  Charles Darwin's Galapagos Finches and his book “The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals” are the inspirations for Facebook's new animated Sticker pack, which begins rolling out today to Chat in Facebook for iOS and Messenger for Android.
More: CNET
Andy Fixmer / Businessweek:
Apple's 10-Year-Old iTunes Loses Ground to Streaming  —  A decade ago, the newly started iTunes Store gave away a song called Over My Head (Cable Car) by an obscure Denver rock group called The Fray.  That was, explains lead guitarist Joe King, the band's big break.
More: memeburn
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Pinterest Tweaks Its New Look, Improves Search And Brings Features Like Pinned From And Mentions Back  —  While Pinterest is still rolling out its brand new look to users, it decided to listen to some feedback along the way and make some tweaks.  —  Since the site relies heavily, or completely …
More: WebProNews and TechHive
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Digg Owner Betaworks Buys Instapaper To Go Big On Social Reading And Discovery  —  Last summer, New York-based hybrid investor / incubator / holding company thing Betaworks acquired social news site Digg and relaunched it soon after, hoping to bring back some of its mojo in the process.

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