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April 16, 2013, 5:55 PM

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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Facebook's Chat Heads Come to iPhones, iPad With App Update  —  You can't get Facebook Home on iPhone.  But very soon you'll be able to get one of the most buzzed-about features from Facebook's new mobile software set: “Chat Heads” are coming to iOS devices, via a Facebook app update.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Google chairman Eric Schmidt on Facebook Home: ‘I love it’  —  July 9-10, 2013  —  NEW YORK CITY — Facebook Home takes away part of the Android experience in favor of social networking.  But outspoken Google chairman Eric Schmidt said today at the Dive into Mobile conference …
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Motorola Plans Stock Android Phones, Sized ‘Just Right’  —  Motorola might be building my dream phone.  Jim Wicks, Motorola's design chief, said the company's first round of products designed after Google's purchase of the company will follow a philosophy of “better is better” rather than …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Windows 8 Plan B(lue): Bring back the Start button, boot to desktop  —  Summary: Microsoft may be moving toward bringing back the Start Button and allowing users to boot straight to the desktop with its coming Windows 8.1 release later this year.
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Leaked Document Shows AppGratis Used Lure Of App Store Rankings To Attract Cash From Developers  —  AppGratis, the app-discovery app that Apple removed last week for closely mimicking the official App Store, started an online petition yesterday that encourages users to ask Apple to let it return.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Yahoo's Q1 2013 revenue of $1.14 billion doesn't excite, but its $0.35 in EPS beats expectations  —  Today Yahoo reported its first quarter financial performance, including revenue of $1.14 billion, and earnings per share of $0.35 on a GAAP basis, and $0.38 on a non-GAAP basis.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Windows Phone Head Myerson: Android “Still Kind of a Mess”  —  In an interview at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference today, the leader of Microsoft's Windows Phone division, Terry Myerson, said that the software giant's mobile effort continued to cast it as a “challenger,” but that Google's Android market was “still kind of a mess.”
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
Google Glass tech specs: 5MP/720P camera, 802.11b/g Wifi 16GB storage (12GB usable), full day battery  —  Along with today's Glass API release, Google now officially announced specs for the Glass Explorer editions.  Notable is the camera which will take 5 Megapixel images or 720P video.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Escaping PCs  —  The Windows PC market is contracting.  The market data has been showing unit shipment declining for some time with the latest quarter having perhaps the steepest decline for two decades.  —  What remains undocumented however is how the market looks when considering economic value.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Intel's Q1 2013 Meets Revenue Expectations At $12.6B, Misses On EPS At $0.40 As PC Market Slows  —  Intel's fiscal Q1 earnings are out today, and the company reported profit and earnings at expectations on revenue with $12.6 billion for the quarter, and below on earnings per share at $0.40, according to Bloomberg's analyst consensus.
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Time Warner Cable to Offer Live Mobile TV for Apple Devices  —  Time Warner Cable Inc., the second- largest U.S. cable operator, is adding live out-of-home programming for the first time to its TWC TV application, letting customers watch shows on Apple Inc. (AAPL) mobile devices.
Jay Alabaster / PC World:
Android founder: We aimed to make a camera OS  —  The creators of Android originally dreamed it would be used to create a world of “smart cameras” that connected to PCs, a founder said, but it was reworked for mobile handsets as the smartphone market began to explode.
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
White House issues veto threat against CISPA, citing privacy and civil liberties concerns  —  The White House has issued a veto threat (PDF) against the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Privacy Act (CISPA) that is currently going through the House of Representatives …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
AT&T's Galaxy S 4 page lists April 30th ship date, $199 / $639 price for 16GB  —  We saw AT&T open up a registration page for the Galaxy S 4 almost as soon as Samsung's presentation was over, but now that link is exposing a bit more information.  Several tipsters let us know that for customers …
More: Examiner, BGR and CNET
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Mailbox Drops Its Reservation System As It Revamps To Handle 100M Messages/Day  —  Mailbox, the email-reading and organizing app that was scooped up by Dropbox for reportedly $100 million in March after a barnstorming entry to the market, is dropping its reservation system …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Facebook partners with Rovi to bring more in-depth movie and TV content info to user profiles  —  Facebook has announced it will be integrating digital entertainment service Rovi Corporation into its platform.  The two companies have agreed to form a partnership whereby Rovi's information database of movies …
Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
Android on track for 1B total activations later this year, Google chairman says  —  As of today, there are now 1.5 million Android devices being activated every day, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said Tuesday.  That's led to more than 750 million Android phones currently in use.
More: SlashGear and Reuters

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