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April 24, 2013, 5:20 AM

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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.
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Apple's Solid-After-All Quarter In Charts  —  Apple is still growing, but slower than before.  And it's not as profitable as it was a year ago — a rare reversal.  But it's still solid.  —  Apple reported March quarter earnings this afternoon.  Expectations were muted, and Apple beat them, with particularly strong iPad shipments.
More: Cult of MacTweets: @cdixon
Felix Salmon:
Apple's new pitch to investors  —  Today's earnings report marks the point at which Apple is officially no longer a high-growth tech stock, valued on its monster potential.  Instead, it has become a cash cow, valued on its ability to pump hundreds of billions of dollars into its shareholders' pockets.
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Tim Cook teases ‘exciting new product category’ and ‘more surprises’ in the fall  —  During Apple's Q2 investor call, CEO Tim Cook teased “the potential of exciting new product categories,” and suggested that the company will announce new products in the fall.  “We've got a lot more surprises in the works,” Cook said.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy S4 review  —  How do you upgrade the best-selling Android phone of all time?  —  Years ago, people either bought an iPhone or “a Droid.”  Verizon's marketing power, those insane robot ads, and maybe that just-close-enough naming convention made the carrier's Android phones …
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Galaxy S 4 Is a Good, but Not a Great, Step Up  —  Samsung has been on a roll.  The success of its many models of smartphones, aided by massive marketing campaigns, has made it by far the leading maker of devices running on Google's Android operating system and the chief rival to Apple in smartphones.
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.
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Microsoft licenses second huge handset maker in a week, China's ZTE  —  For several years now, Microsoft has been asserting that any company making Android phones owes it money, because Microsoft has patents that cover various aspects of those phones.  —  Last week, the company …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
The BlackBerry Q10 Is A QWERTY Keyboard Smartphone Comeback Worth Waiting For  —  The BlackBerry Q10 is, some might say, the BlackBerry OS 10 device that the company should have led with, ahead of its all-touch Z10.  That's because it sports a hardware QWERTY keyboard, something that has become …
Damon Lavrinc / Wired:
How Federal Distracted-Driving Guidelines Will Shape Your Next Phone  —  Uncle Sam wants automakers to make it impossible for you to text your wife, check Facebook and watch a video while you're driving — suggestions that could have just as much impact on mobile phone manufacturers as automakers.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
How Microsoft is speeding up the Office trains  —  Summary: Microsoft's Office team has an ambitious roadmap ahead of it.  But can a team of 5,000 engineers move from delivering product releases every 2 to 3 years, to every quarter or even faster?  —  Microsoft's Office team has run like clockwork for at least the past decade.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Tweetbot for iPhone and iPad gets gorgeous new media timeline and display mode  —  A new version of Tweetbot for iPhone and iPad should be making its way across the App Store now, and it comes with a great new version of the timeline focused on sharing media, rather than tweets.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent's Secure Dropbox Alternative Goes Public  —  Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft Skydrive and Mega are just a few examples of the many file-storage and backup services that are available today.  —  All these services rely on external cloud based hosting to back up and store files.

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