April 24, 2013, 10:15 AM

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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 …
Brian Klug / AnandTech:
Samsung Galaxy S 4 Review  —  It's no secret that Samsung enjoyed huge success with Galaxy S 3 (henceforth SGS3 and SGS4 for Galaxy S 4).  In many markets, SGS3 was easily the Android handset to beat, even as faster and arguably better hardware became available during the life of its product cycle.
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.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
WWDC 2013 Tickets On Sale April 25 At 10AM PT, Runs June 10-14  —  Apple has just released the official announcement for its 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference.  Every year, it releases tickets for the developer-focused event at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and every year, they sell out faster than the year before.
Steven M. Davidoff / DealBook:
A Flawed Bidding Process Leaves Dell at a Loss  —  The private equity firm Blackstone Group has exited the stage for Dell, abruptly bringing down the curtain on a budding takeover contest.  It has the elements of a farce, and Dell's board has no one to blame but itself.
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.
Mat Honan / Wired:
Twitter Now Has a Two-Step Solution  —  Twitter has a working two-step security solution undergoing internal testing before incrementally rolling it out to users, something it hopes to begin doing shortly, Wired has learned.  —  Such a system will drastically reduce the risk of Twitter users having …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Nokia Puts WhatsApp Hard Key On $72 Asha 210 For Asia, Africa; Qwerty S40 Handset Gets Facebook Button In Europe, Latam  —  Nokia has announced another handset in its Series 40-based Asha portfolio of low end mobiles which compete with the budget end of Android and cheap BlackBerrys.
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Sprint reports quarterly net loss of $643 million, sees iPhone sales drop by a third  —  Sprint managed to lose a million customers and over a billion dollars last quarter.  This time it's not quite as bad, with a net loss of $643 million on revenue that was broadly equivalent to the same quarter of last year (around $8.8 billion).
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
AMD details $999 Radeon HD 7990 graphics card, says it handles all top games at 4K  —  We've seen plenty of the Radeon HD 7990 in action with Battlefield 4, but it's taken AMD a little while to furnish us with full specs and pricing.  Now that all the info is here, in the run …
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 …
John Callaham / Neowin:
Microsoft puts in new tile-based ad format in  —  While we are still waiting for the promised Skype integration for, Microsoft's advertising division has just launched a new ad format for the web email service that has a tile-like interface.  In fact, Microsoft calls the new format versaTiles.
MetroPCS shareholders vote to approve deal with T-Mobile USA  —  (Reuters) - MetroPCS Communications Inc shareholders on Wednesday voted to approve a combination with No. 4 U.S. wireless service provider T-Mobile USA, after T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom AG sweetened its terms under pressure from activist shareholders.
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.
Kyra / Free Culture Foundation:
Don't let the myths fool you: the W3C's plan for DRM in HTML5 is a betrayal to all Web users.  —  A handful of myths have become common defenses of the W3C's plan for “Encrypted Media Extensions” (EME), a Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) scheme for HTML5, the next version of the markup language upon which the Web is built.

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