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April 29, 2013, 2:30 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple to release OS X 10.9 with new power-user features, more from iOS later this year  —  OS X 10.9, which is internally codenamed “Cabernet,” will focus on various “power-user” enhancements and take core features from iOS, according to our sources.  Unlike operating system updates …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google Now comes to iPhone and iPad with new Search app update  —  Google's iOS app offensive continues  —  After a promo video let the cat out of the bag last month, Google is making it official: with an update to the Google Search application, Google Now is available on iOS.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Notebook Refresh to Be Highlight of WWDC, Non-Retina MacBook Pro to Continue?  —  KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new report forecasting that the product highlight of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which kicks off on June 10, will be the introduction of new models …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft creates an Apple vs. Samsung wedding fight for its new Windows Phone ad  —  Microsoft has tried a number of ways to advertise Windows Phone handsets, but the latest pits two rivals against each other.  In a new minute long spot that's due to air on US national TV, a wedding reception is interrupted by Apple and Samsung fans.
David Meyer / GigaOM:
Chat apps have overtaken SMS by message volume, but how big a disaster is that for carriers?  —  There's a reason why mobile carriers are scared of third-party messaging apps such as WhatsApp, and here it is: people are now sending more messages over these services than they are text messages.
New York Times:
Social Media's Effects On Markets Concern Regulators  —  Could the global economy hinge on 140 characters?  —  That is the question the financial industry and government regulators are trying to answer after a Twitter hoax on Tuesday that claimed President Obama was injured in an explosion at the White House.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Does anyone know why Google bought Motorola?  —  The products weren't great and the patents overvalued — so what did that $12.5 billion actually buy?  —  Why did Google spend $12.5 billion dollars to purchase Motorola Mobility?  It's been nearly two years since the deal was announced …
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 announced, a low-end 7-inch tablet that makes calls  —  Today, Samsung is announcing a new 7-inch tablet called the Galaxy Tab 3, but to our eyes, it doesn't look much different from the current 7-inch Tab 2.  It swaps the previous Tab's 1 GHz dual-core processor for a 1.2GHz chip …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Panel seeks to fine tech companies for noncompliance with wiretap orders  —  A government task force is preparing legislation that would pressure companies such as Face­book and Google to enable law enforcement officials to intercept online communications as they occur …
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
UK.Gov passes Instagram Act: All your pics belong to everyone now  —  Everyone = Silicon Valley [ad platforms] tech companies  —  Have you ever uploaded a photo to Facebook, Instagram or Flickr?  —  If so, you'll probably want to read this, because the rules on who can exploit your work have now changed radically, overnight.

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