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April 29, 2013, 9:30 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.
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 …
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 …
Facebook Engineering:
Under the Hood: The natural language interface of Graph Search  —  Xiao Li is an engineering manager on the natural language team for Graph Search and Maxime Boucher is a research scientist for Graph Search.  —  The Graph Search engine is built upon highly structured datain the form of a graph …
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 …
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 …
Jeffrey Rosen / New Republic:
Google, Twitter, Facebook and the new global battle over the future of free speech  —  A year ago this month, Stanford Law School hosted a little-noticed meeting that may help decide the future of free speech online.  It took place in the faculty lounge, where participants were sustained …
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.
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 …
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Deborah Gage / Venture Capital Dispatch:
After Minor Ventures, Ron Palmeri Rebuilds  —  Ron Palmeri's stealthy micro-VC firm, MkII Ventures, has made at least three new investments and attracted several new limited partners, including Pacific Partners, SV Angel and Michael Arrington's Crunchfund, VentureWire has learned.
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