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April 24, 2013, 10:00 PM

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Brad Stone / Bloomberg:
Amazon Said to Plan TV Set-Top Box for Streaming Video  —  Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), the world's largest online retailer, plans to release a television set-top box that would stream video over the Internet into customers' homes, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Brian X. Chen / NYT Bits:
Samsung Delays Release of Security Software for Galaxy Phones  —  In February, Samsung Electronics introduced Knox, a version of Android with security features to make the company's phones more suitable for businesses, expected for release this spring.  But the company has delayed the release …
More: Engadget and BGR
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Samsung Blames “Overwhelming Demand” for Galaxy S 4 Inventory Issues  —  Samsung said Wednesday that broad global demand is behind delays in U.S. availability for its new Galaxy S 4.  —  “Due to overwhelming global demand of Galaxy S 4, the initial supply may be limited,” a Samsung representative told AllThingsD.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Microsoft to unveil next Xbox at event on May 21st at its Redmond campus  —  We've just received an invite from Microsoft to an event on May 21st where it will show off the next version of its Xbox console and media box.  The next version of the company's media play has been expected for a while …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Amid A Challenging Mobile Transition, Zynga's Revenues Decline 18% To $264M  —  Zynga's revenues for the first quarter of 2013 declined 18% year-over-year to $264 million as the company is in the midst of doing a big pivot onto mobile platforms.  The company swung to a profit from a year ago though, with net income of $4 million.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
How Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Sees the Future: Netflix Wins, Apps Win and So Do HBO, ESPN and the Cable Guys  —  Fresh off a triumphant earnings report, and with investors once again clamoring for his shares, Reed Hastings has something to say.  —  A lot to say: The Netflix CEO has written …
Stephen Wolfram Blog:
Data Science of the Facebook World  —  More than a million people have now used our Wolfram|Alpha Personal Analytics for Facebook.  And as part of our latest update, in addition to collecting some anonymized statistics, we launched a Data Donor program that allows people to contribute detailed data to us for research purposes.
Reuters:
Analysis: Sleeping ad giant Amazon finally stirs  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is known in the advertising industry as the “sleeping giant” because the world's largest Internet retailer harbors a trove of consumer-spending data that many marketers have called an unrealized opportunity.
More: TechCrunch
Vince Horiuchi / Salt Lake Tribune:
Council approves iProvo sale to Google  —  Technology » But Provo reveals it will have to pay $1.7M to complete the deal.  —  | The Salt Lake Tribune  —  The Provo Municipal Council voted Tuesday to approve the sale of its financially-troubled iProvo fiber-optic Internet to Google, paving the way for it to become Google Fiber.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Tim Cook is auctioning off a coffee and chat with him at Apple HQ for charity, estimated value is $50k  —  According to a Charitybuzz release today, Apple CEO Tim Cook is holding a charity auction (the listing says 'donated by Tim Cook') for coffee and a chat with him at the company's headquarters.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
iPhone Super-Hacker Comex, Let Go From Apple, Goes To Work For Google  —  If Apple couldn't appreciate one of the most talented hackers to ever touch its products, perhaps its biggest competitor can.  —  Nicholas Allegra, a.k.a. Comex, who rose to fame as the 19-year-old creator …
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
U.S. gives big, secret push to Internet surveillance  —  Justice Department agreed to issue “2511 letters” immunizing AT&T and other companies participating in a cybersecurity program from criminal prosecution under the Wiretap Act, according to new documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
More: SalonTweets: @csoghoian
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.

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