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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:
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 Outlook.com  —  While we are still waiting for the promised Skype integration for Outlook.com, 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.
Reuters:
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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