April 23, 2013, 4:50 PM

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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 $137 billion in the bank, Apple has been under increasing pressure to return more money to shareholders.  Now it responds - big time.  —  Apple is doubling its capital return program and approving a 15% increase in its quarterly dividend.
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.
Alexa Ray Corriea / Polygon:
Pizza Hut launching Xbox 360 app that lets console owners order pizza from Xbox Live  —  Microsoft and Pizza Hut have partnered up to launch a pioneer app for Xbox Live that will allow users to order from the chain's menu directly through their Xbox 360.  —  The Pizza Hut for Xbox app makes …
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
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 …
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.
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Rachel King / ZDNet: beefs up Marketing Cloud with  —  Summary: The social enterprise purveyor's Marketing Cloud balloons with a new brand and social monitoring tool.  — is turning things up a notch for its Marketing Cloud platform with a new product styled similarly to its other cloud-based products:
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 …
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 …
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.
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 and TechCrunch
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Facebook to build data center near Des Moines, Iowa  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is building a data center near Des Moines, Iowa, to bolster its computing power as it rolls out new services and as the growing use of smartphones increase the pressure on its infrastructure.
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” …
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Aereo will launch its controversial antenna and Internet-based TV service in Boston on May 15  —  Aereo has announced today that it will be rolling out its controversial Internet-based television service in Boston on May 15.  —  Consumers who choose to pre-order will be able to access …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Monty changes roles, goes big with MariaDB—and gains Wikipedia as a user  —  Michael “Monty” Widenius' relationship with MySQL, the database named after his oldest daughter, has been difficult since his company (MySQL AB) was acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2008.  It only fractured further when Oracle acquired Sun.

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