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May 14, 2013, 3:55 PM

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Donny Halliwell / Inside BlackBerry:
New BlackBerry Q5 Announced Today at BlackBerry Live for Select Markets  —  As the BlackBerry Live keynote news keeps flowing in I'm happy to introduce you to the youthful and fun BlackBerry Q5 smartphone, running BlackBerry 10.  With a QWERTY keyboard and a confident design …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
BlackBerry bringing BBM to Android and iOS this summer  —  BlackBerry has just announced that its hugely popular BBM messaging service is going multi-platform: it will be released for Android and iOS as a free app this summer.  BBM will support iOS hardware running iOS 6 and above …
Douglas Pearce / The Microsoft Office Blog:
Outlook.com now lets you chat with Google friends - one more reason to make the switch  —  The last three months since Outlook.com came out of preview have been filled with releases to help make you more productive and your experience more personal.  These were often based on your feedback.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Microsoft drops the Blue codename, confirms Windows 8.1 will be a free upgrade available ‘later’ this year  —  One of the worst kept secrets rattling around Microsoft's campus is Windows Blue, the forthcoming update to Windows 8 that addresses users' bugbears about the OS.
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Square Debuts Its Latest Hardware, Stand, A $299 Card Swiper For iPad Registers  —  At an event in San Francisco at Blue Bottle Coffee, Square debuted a stand built specifically for the iPad, which turns the device into a card-swiping register.  —  Hardware has always been a part …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Nearly 75% Of All Smartphones Sold In Q1 Were Android, With Samsung At 30%; Mobile Sales Overall Nearly Flat: Gartner  —  Gartner has just released its Q1 figures for mobile handset sales, and the key takeaway is that Android continues to steal the show, led by handset maker Samsung.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Nvidia Shield gaming handheld priced at $349, pre-orders begin on May 20th (preview)  —  The biggest surprise at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show is about to go on sale.  The Nvidia Shield, a five-inch portable Android game console that can also stream PC games from a nearby gaming computer …
Moxie Marlinspike:
A Saudi Arabia Telecom's Surveillance Pitch  —  Last week I was contacted by an agent of Mobily, one of two telecoms operating in Saudi Arabia, about a surveillance project that they're working on in that country.  Having published two reasonably popular MITM tools, it's not uncommon …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft shares details about its next Windows Phone 8 update  —  Summary: Microsoft is starting to detail features coming in this summer's GDR2 update to the Windows Phone 8 operating system.  —  Microsoft is starting to open up a bit on what Windows Phone 8 users can expect with the next version …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
At I/O, Google Will Be Tracking Things Like Noise Level And Air Quality With Hundreds Of Arduino-Based Sensors  —  If you're attending Google I/O this week, you will be a part of an experiment from the Google Cloud Platform Developer Relations team.  On its blog today, the team outlined …
Jessica E. Lessin / Wall Street Journal:
Web Browsers Are Reinvented  —  File-sharing, Apps and Voice Commands Change How Internet Is Used  —  Mobile phones, wearable devices and self-driving cars are generating buzz as the future of technology.  But the old Web browser is being reinvented too, in a trend with implications …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
RelayRides Acquires Wheelz To Boost Inventory And Improve Hardware For Its Peer-To-Peer Car Rentals  —  There's consolidation afoot in the peer-to-peer car rental space.  San Francisco-based RelayRides, which launched about five years ago and is now available nationwide, has gobbled up fledgling competitor Wheelz.

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