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April 23, 2013, 5:30 PM

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Apple:
Apple Reports Second Quarter Results  —  37.4 Million iPhones Sold; 19.5 Million iPads Sold  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2013 second quarter ended March 30, 2013.  The Company posted quarterly revenue of $43.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $9.5 billion, or $10.09 per diluted share.
Charles Cooper / CNET:
Apple shares the wealth: Boosts stock buyback, ups dividend 15%  —  With $145 billion in the bank, Apple has been under increasing pressure to return more money to shareholders.  Now it responds - big time.  —  Apple boosted its stock buyback and approved a 15% increase in its quarterly dividend.
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Forecasts Sales Below Estimates; Boosts Dividend, Buybacks  —  Apple Inc (AAPL). reported its first profit decline since 2003 and forecast revenue that missed analysts' estimates amid slowing iPhone sales growth and accelerating competition from Samsung Electronics Co. The iPhone maker boosted …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Apple Sells 37.4M iPhones And 19.5M iPads In Q2, Tablet Business Shows 65% YOY Growth  —  Apple has just released its Q2 2013 earnings report, announcing sales of 37.4 million iPhones in the quarter ending March.  Apple also reported 19.5 million iPad units sold, which shows incredibly strong growth for Apple's tablet business.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Buys Wavii For North Of $30 Million  —  Google has finally closed the deal on Wavii, a natural language processing startup, for a price that is more than $30 million, we're hearing from a legitimate source.  —  Both Apple and Google were competing for the Seattle-based startup, and Google eventually won.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
AP Twitter account hacked, makes false claim of explosions at White House  —  Anyone that follows the Associated Press on Twitter just heard “news” of an unprecedented national crisis.  “Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured,” the AP's account tweeted moments ago.
Dan DeSilva / 9to5Mac:
iPhone 4 owners begin receiving their $15 ‘Antennagate’ settlement checks from Apple  —  Payday has come for some of the first responders to the iPhone 4 class action lawsuit.  Last February a settlement was reached that granted iPhone 4 owners who had not previously received a free bumper for their “defective” iPhones a $15 payout.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
AT&T Q1 profit edges up as it adds 291,000 net customers  —  The telecom carrier sold 6 million total smartphones in the period.  —  AT&T reported a slight gain in profit even as revenue was a bit lighter than expected.  —  The Dallas telecommunications provider posted a first-quarter net profit of $3.7 billion, or 67 cents a share.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
With over 200TB synced already, BitTorrent opens up its Sync alpha to the public for Windows, Mac, and Linux  —  BitTorrent on Tuesday announced it has released its file synchronization tool Sync into open alpha.  You can download the latest version now for Windows, Mac, and Linux over at labs.bittorrent.com.
TechCrunch:
Fab Is Raising A Mondo Round At A $1 Billion Valuation  —  We're hearing from multiple sources that design-focused retail site Fab is raising a new round of funding at a $1 billion valuation.  The company has previously raised $171 million in funding and we're hearing it seeks to raise more than $100 million in this round.
More: PSFK and Valleywag
Wall Street Journal:
Hedge Fund Takes $2 Billion Stake in Microsoft  —  A hedge-fund executive disclosed that his firm owns about $2 billion in Microsoft Corp. stock, stating that the value of the software giant's businesses wasn't appreciated by other investors.  —  Jeffrey W. Ubben, founder of ValueAct Capital Management LP …
More: Computerworld and ZDNet
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
MuleSoft Buys Programmable Web From Alcatel-Lucent, Marking The Telco's Departure From A Core API Community  —  MuleSoft has acquired Programmable Web from Alcatel-Lucent effectively marking the telecommunication company's exit from a core API community.  —  For MuleSoft, a data integration company …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft targets end of May for expanded Surface Pro availability  —  Summary: Microsoft is broadening availability of its Surface Pro PC/tablet hybrids during May and June, officials are saying.  —  After a couple of months of silence, Microsoft officials are sharing more about expansion plans for the company's Surface devices.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia unveiling Lumia 928 for Verizon next month, says Bloomberg  —  Nokia's new flagship Lumia 928 for Verizon is reportedly scheduled for a launch in May.  Bloomberg reports that Verizon will “unveil a plan next month” for the Lumia 928, which reportedly features a “metal body” …
Bloomberg:
VirnetX Files Patent Suit Against Microsoft Over Skype  —  VirnetX Holding Corp. (VHC) which won a $200 million settlement from Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) over patents related to private networks in 2010, filed a new lawsuit today claiming it's entitled to more money.
More: Ars Technica and Neowin
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Shapeways Raises $30M for 3-D Printing Led by Andreessen Horowitz's Chris Dixon  —  The idea of dreaming up a physical object and having a computer help you bring it to life — a.k.a. 3-D printing — is very cool today, but there's a long way to go.  Some of the challenges include faster creation times …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
BlackBerry announces Q10 launch in Canada on May 1 for $199 with a 3-year contract at Rogers, Bell, and Telus  —  BlackBerry on Tuesday announced the BlackBerry Q10 will be launching in Canada first on May 1.  Those interested will be able to get it from Rogers Wireless, Bell Mobility …
Ki Mae Heussner / GigaOM:
Raising your hand is so passé: Pearson buys real-time student feedback and polling startup  —  Pearson - the big kahuna of ed tech — has snapped up another startup.  The company on Monday said it had purchased Learning Catalytics, a company founded at Harvard University by a trio of academics.
More: ZDNet

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