April 18, 2013, 2:40 PM

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Stephen Philips / Twitter Blog:
Now playing: Twitter #music  —  Today, we're releasing Twitter #music, a new service that will change the way people find music, based on Twitter.  It uses Twitter activity, including Tweets and engagement, to detect and surface the most popular tracks and emerging artists.
Joanna Stern / ABCNEWS:
Twitter #Music App Launches for iPhone and Web: Listen and Discover Trending Music  —  You no longer have to be Ryan Seacrest, Ne-Yo or Jason Mraz to play with Twitter's new music discovery app.  After testing the app with music artists and influencers, Twitter #Music will be available starting today …
Lance Whitney / CNET:
Nokia reportedly planning 5-inch Lumia ‘phablet’  —  The company will launch its own “phablet” designed to compete with such devices as Samsung's Galaxy Note, a source tells The Financial Times.  —  Nokia may jump into the “phablet” market this year.  —  A source with “knowledge …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Lower-Cost iPhone's Plastic Rear Shell Reportedly Surfaces  —  Earlier this week, case manufacturer Tactus was one of several sources to share photos of cases reportedly designed for the fifth-generation iPad, once again showing that the device is expected to be smaller than the existing iPad and take design cues from the iPad mini.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
House passes revamped CISPA cybersecurity bill amidst warnings of ‘digital bombs’  —  Fear of cyber attacks trumps privacy concerns  —  The US House of Representatives has once again passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which died in the Senate last year, by a margin of 288 to 127 after two days of debate.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPad 5 Estimated to Be 15% Thinner, 25% Lighter Than Current iPad  —  KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has on a number of occasions offered accurate information on Apple's product plans, recently published a new research note outlining his expectations for Apple's fifth-generation iPad.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Yahoo releases new weather and mail apps in second phase of rebuilding effort  —  A foot in the door or too little too late?  —  Rebuilding Yahoo will require “a series of sprints,” CEO Marissa Mayer told investors this week during an earnings call.  The first sprint “was all about getting people to believe in Yahoo,” she said.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches Open Graph Mobile, Updated iOS SDK With Improved Login And Sharing  —  Facebook today unveiled three new products at its Mobile Developer Conference in NYC that will put the company on an even faster track to becoming a mobile-first platform.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia Lumia sales hit record high of 5.6 million in Q1, still struggling in US  —  Nokia's latest quarterly earnings show that the Finnish smartphone maker continues to improve its Lumia sales.  Following a jump in Lumia sales in Q4 2012, Nokia's first quarter of 2013 saw the company sell 5.6 million Lumias …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Verizon nets 677,000 new wireless subscribers, activates 7.2 million smartphones, 4 million iPhones in Q1  —  Verizon just announced its Q1 2013 financial results, which reveal positive subscriber numbers and record smartphone penetration.  America's largest wireless carrier added 677,000 net …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Chat Heads, set free: jailbreak tweak puts Facebook Messenger all over your iPhone  —  A 21-year-old hacker brings one of Android's finer features to iOS  —  When Facebook launched Chat Heads for iOS yesterday, the feature's functionality was limited.  On Android, Chat Heads cling to the side …
Google Is Forbidding Users From Selling, Loaning Glass Eyewear  —  Google is barring anyone deemed worthy of a pair of its $1,500 Google Glass computer eyewear from selling or even loaning out the highly coveted gadget.  —  The company's terms of service on the limited-edition wearable …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Q1 Venture Capital Spending And Number Of Deals Down, M&A Activity Drops 44 Percent And Pre-Money Valuations Plummet  —  Dow Jones Venture Source released its quarterly report on the state of venture capital, including data on number of VC deals, funds raised, M&As and IPOs in the technology sector.
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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Storify Aims For Marketers With its New ‘Storify Business’ Plan, Redesigns Free Version Too  —  Last month, social media curation service Storify revealed its first paid plan, Storify VIP.  It sounds like VIP is designed for large media organizations (the first announced customer was the BBC) …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Time 100 List Is Packed With Techies — From Musk to Systrom to Sandberg and More  —  While the tale of a print magazine embedded in a troubled media company makes for much better reading, everyone loves a listicle.  So, Time has once again put out its annual countdown of the 100 …
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Intel outlines new strategy, investments for cloud-based networking  —  Summary: While this week's earnings report was all about Windows 8, Intel also has a new networking strategy to disclose.  —  Intel is ramping up its networking strategy with a series of new investments …
Matthew Lynley / Digits:
What to Watch for in Google's First-Quarter Earnings  —  Google is set to report its first-quarter earnings after the bell today.  —  The search giant beat expectations last quarter as its results signaled that negative trends in online advertising were stabilizing.

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