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April 29, 2013, 10:05 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Jony Ive paints a fresh, yet familiar, look for iOS 7  —  According to multiple people who have either seen or have been briefed on the upcoming iOS 7, the operating system sports a redesigned user-interface that will be attractive to new iOS users, but potentially unsettling for those who are long-accustomed to the platform...
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
The Flattening of Design  —  It might sound audacious to think that Microsoft, the arbiter of uncool, was at the forefront of design a few years ago.  But it was.  —  It turns out the company's decision to focus on “flat design,” a type of visual scheme where everything has a smooth and even look …
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple to release OS X 10.9 with new power-user features, more from iOS later this year  —  OS X 10.9, which is internally codenamed “Cabernet,” will focus on various “power-user” enhancements and take core features from iOS, according to our sources.  Unlike operating system updates …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google Now comes to iPhone and iPad with new Search app update  —  Google's iOS app offensive continues  —  After a promo video let the cat out of the bag last month, Google is making it official: with an update to the Google Search application, Google Now is available on iOS.
Sam Biddle / Valleywag:
That Horrible Tumblr Memo Was Actually a Fired Editor's Secret Revenge  —  Tumblr founder David Karp's abrupt farewell to his Storyboard team earlier this month was so disingenuous, so thick with noxious doublespeak, that it hardly seemed real.  That's because it wasn't …
Nitasha Tiku / Valleywag:
Here Is How Foursquare Plans On Turning Your Life Into Ads  —  On stage at TechCrunch Disrupt earlier today (RIP, Sam Biddle's press credentials!)  Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley acknowledged the haters, before offering a confident dismissal: “I think there are a lot of people …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft creates an Apple vs. Samsung wedding fight for its new Windows Phone ad  —  Microsoft has tried a number of ways to advertise Windows Phone handsets, but the latest pits two rivals against each other.  In a new minute long spot that's due to air on US national TV, a wedding reception is interrupted by Apple and Samsung fans.
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Bang With Friends Is Raising ~ $1 Million To Help People Find Hook Up Buddies  —  Bang with Friends (BWF) is a Facebook app that does exactly what you're thinking it does.  It helps people on Facebook find friends to hook up with rather than date.  —  So it may come as a shock that BWF …
Facebook Engineering:
Under the Hood: The natural language interface of Graph Search  —  Xiao Li is an engineering manager on the natural language team for Graph Search and Maxime Boucher is a research scientist for Graph Search.  —  The Graph Search engine is built upon highly structured datain the form of a graph …
Liam Booger / Rude Baguette:
The irony of the French government's intervention in the Yahoo! - Dailymotion deal...  Last week, my cofounder wrote about how the French government's may potentially be slowing the deal for Yahoo to acquire 75% of Dailymotion (currently 100% owned by Orange).
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Panel seeks to fine tech companies for noncompliance with wiretap orders  —  A government task force is preparing legislation that would pressure companies such as Face­book and Google to enable law enforcement officials to intercept online communications as they occur …
Jeffrey Rosen / New Republic:
Google, Twitter, Facebook and the new global battle over the future of free speech  —  A year ago this month, Stanford Law School hosted a little-noticed meeting that may help decide the future of free speech online.  It took place in the faculty lounge, where participants were sustained …
Deborah Gage / Venture Capital Dispatch:
After Minor Ventures, Ron Palmeri Rebuilds  —  Ron Palmeri's stealthy micro-VC firm, MkII Ventures, has made at least three new investments and attracted several new limited partners, including Pacific Partners, SV Angel and Michael Arrington's Crunchfund, VentureWire has learned.
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