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May 2, 2013, 10:00 PM

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Dick Craddock / The Microsoft Office Blog:
Outlook.com: 400 million active accounts, Hotmail upgrade complete and more features on the way  —  When we launched the preview of Outlook.com, our goal was to build the best email service in the world, capable of scaling to over a billion active customers.
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Google Glass app lets you sneak photos with a wink  —  A Google Glass developer has created an app that allows you to take a photo using just your eye.  The Winky app, currently available through GitHub, lets you power up Glass from standby mode and snap a quick photo.
Marcus Wohlsen / Wired:
Guys Like This Could Kill Google Glass Before It Ever Gets Off the Ground  —  The Segway.  The Bluetooth headset.  The pocket protector.  —  What do these three technologies have in common?  They all pretty much work as promised.  They all seem like good ideas on paper.  And they're all too dorky to live.
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New York Times:
Cellphone Thefts Grow, but the Industry Looks the Other Way  —  When a teenage boy snatched the iPhone out of Rose Cha's hand at a bus stop in the Bronx in March, she reported the theft to her carrier and to the police — just as she had done two other times when she was the victim of cellphone theft.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram Now Lets Anyone Tag You [Or Brands] In Photos, Adds Them To “Photos Of You” Profile Section  —  Today Instagram launches photo tagging, the feature that fueled Facebook's early growth.  New Instagram iOS and Android updates rolling out now let you tag any person or brand in your own photos …
Peter Burrows / Bloomberg:
Apple Avoids $9.2 Billion in Taxes With Debt Deal  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) avoided as much as $9.2 billion in taxes by financing part of a $55 billion stock buyback with debt rather than offshore cash that would have been billed by the U.S. government, Moody's Investment Services estimates.
Matt Brian / The Verge:
Intel names Brian Krzanich as CEO to succeed Paul Otellini  —  Less than six months after Paul Otellini announced he would step down from the position after 40 years at the company, Intel has named Brian Krzanich as its sixth CEO.  Krzanich, who previously served as Intel's chief operating officer …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: New York City's newest VC firm  —  Most of AOL Ventures team spins out.  —  FORTUNE — At just 29 years old, Mike Brown Jr. is already a venture capital veteran.  He began by investing Richard Branson's money at Virgin Group, before leaving in early 2010 to co-found AOL Ventures.
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iOS 6.1.4 for iPhone 5 with updated speakerphone profile  —  Apple has just released a new iOS .1.4 software update for the iPhone 5 that includes an updated speakerphone profile.  That's really it as far as public updates but Apple often updates some stuff behind the scenes including some bug fixes and security updates.
9to5Mac:
Apple counts down to 50 billion app downloads with all-time best sellers, $10,000 gift card  —  Apple's doing another iTunes countdown, this time to the 50 billionth app downloaded.  Along with the chance to win a $10,000 iTunes gift card, Apple also greets you with the all time most downloaded free and paid apps.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Adobe to bring Lightroom-style photo editing to tablets  —  Bringing its technology for processing raw photos to mobile devices, then linking them with cloud services could be a step toward Lightroom on mobile.  —  Adobe Systems plans to release high-end photo-editing software for tablets …
Bloomberg:
China Cyberspies Outwit U.S. Stealing Military Secrets  —  Among defense contractors, QinetiQ North America (QQ/) is known for spy-world connections and an eye- popping product line.  Its contributions to national security include secret satellites, drones, and software used by U.S. special forces in Afghanistan and the Middle East.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google launches Chrome app for its Keep service: Manage your notes, to-do lists, and photos even when offline  —  Google on Thursday announced the launch of a new offline Chrome app version of its Keep note-taking service.  If you have Google Chrome installed, you can download the new app now directly from the Chrome Web Store.
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Facebook rolls out Trusted Contacts, a password recovery feature to protect accounts against hackers  —  On Thursday, Facebook announced the global launch of its Trusted Contacts password recovery feature.  With this service, users can designate between three to five friends who can be contacted …
Erin Griffith / PandoDaily:
Yahoo nearing deal to buy travel rewards startup Milewise, according to sources  —  Yahoo is poised to acquire New York travel startup Milewise, according to people familiar with the deal.  The deal is set to close this week, they said.  Milewise was founded in 2010 to help consumers figure …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Blockbuster On Demand app finally launches on iPhone & iPad  —  Earlier this year Blockbuster relaunched its digital video rental service dubbed “Blockbuster on Demand” by releasing apps for Android, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, PC & Mac and introducing new features such as 1080p HD streaming and 5.1-channel surround sound.
Steven Kurutz / New York Times:
The Rise of the Hacker Space  —  Under different circumstances, or in some earlier America, Yair Silbermintz might have spent his weekday evenings tinkering with a soldering iron alone in the basement of a suburban ranch house.  —  But Mr. Silbermintz, 27, lives with his wife …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Android metrics show Jelly Bean adoption overtaking Ice Cream Sandwich  —  Google's big shake-up of Android version metrics has already given us a better understanding of where the platform's active users truly stand.  Now that we're a month into the new methodology, we have a good sense …
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Here Is the New Face of TPP and ACTA in the US  —  Today, the White House announced that Michael Froman is the nominee to be the new U.S. Trade Representative.  The U.S. Trade Rep is the office in charge of negotiating all trade agreements including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) …

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