April 30, 2013, 3:30 PM

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BlackBerry CEO Questions Future of Tablets  —  BlackBerry Focused on ‘Crazy Multi-Taskers’: Heins  —  BlackBerry (BBRY) Chief Executive Officer Thorsten Heins said he sees a limited future for tablet computers, an indication he may shelve plans to build a follow- up to the smartphone maker's ill-fated PlayBook device.
Ravi Narasimhan / Twitter Advertising:
Twitter Ads now generally available for U.S. users  —  When we built our self-service ad platform last March, our goal was to create an experience that would be powerful and also extremely easy for anybody to use.  Whether you're an individual looking to grow your personal brand …
The World Wide Web project  —  The WorldWideWeb (W3) is a wide-area hypermedia information retrieval initiative aiming to give universal access to a large universe of documents.  Everything there is online about W3 is linked directly or indirectly to this document, including an executive summary …
Vivek Wagle / The Airbnb Blog:
Introducing Airbnb Verified ID  —  Trust is the key to our community.  —  There is no place for anonymity in a trusted community.  That's why we're dedicated to providing our users with the best decision-making tools possible.  —  We believe that the right technology can help lay the foundation for trust in other people.
Adam Ewing / Bloomberg:
Nokia Invests in High-Resolution Cameras to Woo Apple Customers  —  Nokia Growth Partners, the venture- capital arm of Nokia (NOK1V) Oyj, plans to invest in California startup Pelican Imaging as the phonemaker seeks to win back customers from Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Android devices with cameras …
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Jawbone Acquires BodyMedia for More Than $100 Million, as Wearable Tech Gets More Intense  —  Looking to gain even more traction in the wearable health and fitness market, Jawbone is snapping up another health product company.  —  The Bay Area-based private company has acquired BodyMedia …
NBC Bay Area:
After Work-From-Home Ban, Yahoo Expands Maternity Leave  —  Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who sparked an uproar and hurt her image as a working mom when she banned telecommuting two months ago, is now offering employees generous new family leave benefits.  —  Under the new policy …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Cheezburger cuts 35% of staff as it looks to make transition from desktop to mobile  —  Cheezburger today announced that it is cutting 24 employees, or about 35 percent of its staff, as it struggles with the changing economics of more people viewing content on mobile devices.
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
ClickTale raises $17m to take its advanced Web analytics software to the masses  —  ClickTale, a Tel Aviv, Israel-based provider of deep website analytics software, has secured $17 million in Series B funding from Amadeus Capital Partners, Goldrock Capital and Viola Credit.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple prevailed over Samsung on post-trial procedures: limited retrial in November  —  Based on current schedules, there will be two Apple v. Samsung trials in the Northern District of Calfornia over the next 12 months: a smaller one in November and another big one starting in March.
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Nielsen Gets Digital to Track Online TV Viewers  —  Nielsen is expected to announce Tuesday that it is testing a tool to measure online viewing of TV shows, the latest step in the company's efforts to improve how it tracks digital audiences.  —  Broadcast and cable networks, including NBC …
Announcing The CrunchBase Venture Network  —  We knew CrunchBase was big.  We knew because there are 2 million people using the startup database each month.  We knew because more than 120k people have contributed 1.6MM data points on companies, entrepreneurs, fundings, exits and more.
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Twitter updates Vine for iOS so you can shoot with the front-facing camera and mention users in posts  —  Twitter has updated its short-form video sharing app Vine to support recording with the iPhone's front-facing camera, as well as the ability to mention other users either in captions or comments throughout the service.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Testing Out Its Official Google Glass App In The Wild  —  It's only a matter of time before Twitter releases its own Google Glass app, as Kleiner Perkins' John Doerr dropped the hint that the company was looking into building one during this month's Glass Collective announcement.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Google Announces App Activities Coming To Search, Showing You Information Based On Usage By Other Google+ Users  —  Google's No. 1 strength is its search product, so it makes sense that all of their products feed back into it somehow.  Today, the company announced the introduction of “App Activities” into Search.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Facebook Windows Phone app gets major redesign as part of new beta app program  —  Microsoft is launching a new beta program for Windows Phone that will allow Facebook users to get the latest app version to help test upcoming features.  The new Facebook beta app, available in the Windows Phone Store …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Former Groupon President and COO Solomon Joins Accel Partners  —  Accel Partners has added longtime tech exec Rob Solomon — who was most recently president and CEO of Groupon — as a venture partner.  The high-profile Silicon Valley venture firm said Solomon will focus on early stage …

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