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April 30, 2013, 10:55 PM

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Bloomberg:
BlackBerry CEO Questions Future of Tablets  —  BlackBerry Focused on ‘Crazy Multi-Taskers’: Heins  —  BlackBerry (BBRY) Chief Executive Officer Thorsten Heins said he sees a limited future for tablet computers, an indication he may shelve plans to build a follow- up to the smartphone maker's ill-fated PlayBook device.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Google Glass review (Explorer Edition)  —  Stand in a line of people in just about any major metropolitan area in the world and you'll see the same thing: slouched shoulders and down-turned faces staring glumly at smartphone screens.  Some people never look away, completely immersed in whatever …
Stephen Kenwright / Branded3:
The antisocial network: Path texts my entire phonebook at 6am  —  Last night I went to bed blissfully unaware of the catastrophic faux pas I made earlier in the day - I signed up to Path, the social network/private messaging service.  —  For anybody who hasn't used it before …
Jennifer Van Grove / CNET:
Despite complaints of spamming, Path stands by its app's invitation process  —  A default setting in the app's signup routine causes issues for some users and poses a new problem for the startup, which is developing a reputation for being reckless with personal information.
Vivek Wagle / The Airbnb Blog:
Introducing Airbnb Verified ID  —  Trust is the key to our community.  —  There is no place for anonymity in a trusted community.  That's why we're dedicated to providing our users with the best decision-making tools possible.  —  We believe that the right technology can help lay the foundation for trust in other people.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Digg finds over 40% of respondents are willing to pay for a Google Reader replacement, beta coming in June  —  Digg on Tuesday released the results of its second Google Reader survey, which it conducted last week.  In the process, the company revealed what sharing and “Read later” …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Ultimate Poker to become first legal, real-money online poker site in US  —  On Tuesday, UltimatePoker.com is expected to launch what will become the country's first fully legal online poker site—with one major catch: it will be limited to those physically present within the state of Nevada.
NBC Bay Area:
After Work-From-Home Ban, Yahoo Expands Maternity Leave  —  Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who sparked an uproar and hurt her image as a working mom when she banned telecommuting two months ago, is now offering employees generous new family leave benefits.  —  Under the new policy …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Makes It Easier To Turn Its Chromebooks Into Public Internet Kiosks  —  Google always said that its Chromebooks were “for sharing,” but even though they always had a guest mode, they weren't necessarily set up to be used as public Internet kiosks.  Today, Google is changing …
Joab Jackson / PC World:
Novell offers mobile file sharing for the enterprise  —  In an effort to help enterprises get a handle on the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend, Novell has released enterprise file sharing software that it claims is as easy to use as commercial cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Microsoft Skydrive, and Google Drive.
More: ZDNet and AllThingsD
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Belkin finally announces availability of Thunderbolt Express Dock, now shipping for $299  —  Back in February, Belkin finally started accepting preorders for its much anticipated Thunderbolt Express Dock that was originally supposed to ship last September.  Reports earlier this month noted …
More: Gizmodo and TUAW
Reuters:
Intel CEO backs SoftBank's bid for Sprint over Dish's offer  —  (Reuters) - Intel Corp Chief Executive Paul Otellini said in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission that he supports SoftBank's bid for Sprint Nextel Corp, rather than Dish Network's counter offer.
More: CNET and Reuters
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Jawbone Acquires BodyMedia for More Than $100 Million, as Wearable Tech Gets More Intense  —  Looking to gain even more traction in the wearable health and fitness market, Jawbone is snapping up another health product company.  —  The Bay Area-based private company has acquired BodyMedia …
TechCrunch:
Announcing The CrunchBase Venture Network  —  We knew CrunchBase was big.  We knew because there are 2 million people using the startup database each month.  We knew because more than 120k people have contributed 1.6MM data points on companies, entrepreneurs, fundings, exits and more.
Robert Gedarovich / Skype Blogs:
Skype Video Messaging: Preview for Windows Desktop Users  —  Today we've released the preview of Skype Video Messaging for Skype for Windows desktop on Windows 7 or above.  This feature will also be made available shortly for Skype for Windows 8.  Skype Video Messaging lets you record …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Cheezburger cuts 35% of staff as it looks to make transition from desktop to mobile  —  Cheezburger today announced that it is cutting 24 employees, or about 35 percent of its staff, as it struggles with the changing economics of more people viewing content on mobile devices.
More: Valleywag
Bloomberg:
Apple Raises $17 Billion in Largest Company Bond Sale on Record  —  Apple Turns to Wall Street for 1st Time in 17 Years  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL), the iPhone maker seeking to help finance a $100 billion capital reward for shareholders, is selling $17 billion of bonds in the biggest U.S. corporate offering on record.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Bain, Golden Gate in the lead to buy BMC Software -sources  —  (Reuters) - A private equity group made up of Bain Capital LLC and Golden Gate Capital Corp has emerged as the lead contender to buy BMC Software Inc for more than $6.5 billion, three people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

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Microsoft:
FansChoice.tv and Ooyala choose Microsoft to help them deliver content to anyone, on any device  —  On Monday at the 2014 NAB Show exhibition, Microsoft is showing the latest technology innovations for the broadcast media industry.
Atlassian:
5 Steps to launching a thriving Q&A Community  —  Imagine having a self-governing community of engaged employees answering each others' questions, solving problems, and sharing new ideas!
Zoho Blogs:
Zoho CRM - Discontinuing Integration with LinkedIn  —  Back in 2011, to help our customers focus more on selling and less CRMing, we started offering integration with LinkedIn along with various other important features.
Silicon Valley Bank:
Strengthening the U.S. Innovation Economy by Ending Abusive Patent Litigation  —  In Silicon Valley Bank's Innovation Economy Outlook 2014 survey, we asked executives what they see in today's patent system …
 

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