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May 2, 2013, 7:05 PM

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Dick Craddock / The Microsoft Office Blog:
Outlook.com: 400 million active accounts, Hotmail upgrade complete and more features on the way  —  When we launched the preview of Outlook.com, our goal was to build the best email service in the world, capable of scaling to over a billion active customers.
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Google Glass app lets you sneak photos with a wink  —  A Google Glass developer has created an app that allows you to take a photo using just your eye.  The Winky app, currently available through GitHub, lets you power up Glass from standby mode and snap a quick photo.
Marcus Wohlsen / Wired:
Guys Like This Could Kill Google Glass Before It Ever Gets Off the Ground  —  The Segway.  The Bluetooth headset.  The pocket protector.  —  What do these three technologies have in common?  They all pretty much work as promised.  They all seem like good ideas on paper.  And they're all too dorky to live.
More: Yahoo! News, BGR and ZDNetTweets: @dannysullivan
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Adobe to bring Lightroom-style photo editing to tablets  —  Bringing its technology for processing raw photos to mobile devices, then linking them with cloud services could be a step toward Lightroom on mobile.  —  Adobe Systems plans to release high-end photo-editing software for tablets …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram Now Lets Anyone Tag You [Or Brands] In Photos, Adds Them To “Photos Of You” Profile Section  —  Today Instagram launches photo tagging, the feature that fueled Facebook's early growth.  New Instagram iOS and Android updates rolling out now let you tag any person or brand in your own photos …
New York Times:
Cellphone Thefts Grow, but the Industry Looks the Other Way  —  When a teenage boy snatched the iPhone out of Rose Cha's hand at a bus stop in the Bronx in March, she reported the theft to her carrier and to the police — just as she had done two other times when she was the victim of cellphone theft.
Matt Brian / The Verge:
Intel names Brian Krzanich as CEO to succeed Paul Otellini  —  Less than six months after Paul Otellini announced he would step down from the position after 40 years at the company, Intel has named Brian Krzanich as its sixth CEO.  Krzanich, who previously served as Intel's chief operating officer …
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iOS 6.1.4 for iPhone 5 with updated speakerphone profile  —  Apple has just released a new iOS .1.4 software update for the iPhone 5 that includes an updated speakerphone profile.  That's really it as far as public updates but Apple often updates some stuff behind the scenes including some bug fixes and security updates.
Bloomberg:
China Cyberspies Outwit U.S. Stealing Military Secrets  —  Among defense contractors, QinetiQ North America (QQ/) is known for spy-world connections and an eye- popping product line.  Its contributions to national security include secret satellites, drones, and software used by U.S. special forces in Afghanistan and the Middle East.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: New York City's newest VC firm  —  Most of AOL Ventures team spins out.  —  FORTUNE — At just 29 years old, Mike Brown Jr. is already a venture capital veteran.  He began by investing Richard Branson's money at Virgin Group, before leaving in early 2010 to co-found AOL Ventures.
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Facebook rolls out Trusted Contacts, a password recovery feature to protect accounts against hackers  —  On Thursday, Facebook announced the global launch of its Trusted Contacts password recovery feature.  With this service, users can designate between three to five friends who can be contacted …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Blockbuster On Demand app finally launches on iPhone & iPad  —  Earlier this year Blockbuster relaunched its digital video rental service dubbed “Blockbuster on Demand” by releasing apps for Android, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, PC & Mac and introducing new features such as 1080p HD streaming and 5.1-channel surround sound.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google launches Chrome app for its Keep service: Manage your notes, to-do lists, and photos even when offline  —  Google on Thursday announced the launch of a new offline Chrome app version of its Keep note-taking service.  If you have Google Chrome installed, you can download the new app now directly from the Chrome Web Store.
Steven Kurutz / New York Times:
The Rise of the Hacker Space  —  Under different circumstances, or in some earlier America, Yair Silbermintz might have spent his weekday evenings tinkering with a soldering iron alone in the basement of a suburban ranch house.  —  But Mr. Silbermintz, 27, lives with his wife …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Android metrics show Jelly Bean adoption overtaking Ice Cream Sandwich  —  Google's big shake-up of Android version metrics has already given us a better understanding of where the platform's active users truly stand.  Now that we're a month into the new methodology, we have a good sense …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Onavo launches Protect, a more secure way to browse the Web on your iOS device  —  Onavo, the startup that first made its name with the data-shrinking app that it launched at The Next Web Conference two years ago, has today revealed a new iOS app called Protect, which is designed offer protection …
More: 9to5Mac and Lifehacker
AllThingsD:
Facebook's Declining User Growth Rate, Pictured  —  Congrats, Facebook!  —  According to the stats you released during Wednesday's earnings call, your monthly and daily active user numbers are up higher than ever, topping 1.11 billion and 665 million, respectively.  That's great, really.
Erin Griffith / PandoDaily:
Yahoo nearing deal to buy travel rewards startup Milewise, according to sources  —  Yahoo is poised to acquire New York travel startup Milewise, according to people familiar with the deal.  The deal is set to close this week, they said.  Milewise was founded in 2010 to help consumers figure …
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Rogue Employee Turns Gaming Network Into Private Bitcoin Mine  —  If you've been playing Counter-Strike on the ESEA gaming network, you've been doing a lot more than tossing virtual hand grenades and firing virtual machine guns.  You've been mining Bitcoins for an unnamed staffer inside the company that runs the network.

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