April 29, 2013, 6:50 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Jony Ive paints a fresh, yet familiar, look for iOS 7  —  According to multiple people who have either seen or have been briefed on the upcoming iOS 7, the operating system sports a redesigned user-interface that will be attractive to new iOS users, but potentially unsettling for those who are long-accustomed to the platform...
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.
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Azure Sales Top $1 Billion Challenging Amazon  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s Windows Azure software and related programs have surpassed $1 billion in annual sales for the first time, a sign of progress in the effort to challenge Inc. (AMZN) in cloud computing.
Nitasha Tiku / Valleywag:
Here Is How Foursquare Plans On Turning Your Life Into Ads  —  On stage at TechCrunch Disrupt earlier today (RIP, Sam Biddle's press credentials!)  Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley acknowledged the haters, before offering a confident dismissal: “I think there are a lot of people …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Opera claims ex-employee took trade secrets to Mozilla, sues him for $3.4m  —  Norwegian browser maker Opera Software has filed a lawsuit against a former employee and consultant, alleging that the man gave away trade secrets to rival Mozilla.  Opera is claiming a whopping 20 million Norwegian Krone …
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.
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Bang With Friends Is Raising ~ $1 Million To Help People Find Hook Up Buddies  —  Bang with Friends (BWF) is a Facebook app that does exactly what you're thinking it does.  It helps people on Facebook find friends to hook up with rather than date.  —  So it may come as a shock that BWF …
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 …
Sam Biddle / Valleywag:
That Horrible Tumblr Memo Was Actually a Fired Editor's Secret Revenge  —  Tumblr founder David Karp's abrupt farewell to his Storyboard team earlier this month was so disingenuous, so thick with noxious doublespeak, that it hardly seemed real.  That's because it wasn't …
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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 …
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.
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
A terrible idea: Samsung reworks Gangnam Style to promote the Galaxy S4 in India  —  When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S4 in New York earlier this year, the company was criticized for the rather bizarre production that it put on to demonstrate the smartphone's new software features.
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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