May 3, 2013, 4:50 AM

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Dick Craddock / The Microsoft Office Blog: 400 million active accounts, Hotmail upgrade complete and more features on the way  —  When we launched the preview of, our goal was to build the best email service in the world, capable of scaling to over a billion active customers.
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Is Google Getting Serious About Gaming?  Noah Falstein Hired As Chief Game Designer  —  Well, what do we have here?  Somewhat under the radar, Google has hired the computer games veteran Noah Falstein to the position of Chief Game Designer.  Yes, that's right, the search giant …
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 and ZDNetTweets: @dannysullivan
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Peter Burrows / Bloomberg:
Apple Avoids $9.2 Billion in Taxes With Debt Deal  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) avoided as much as $9.2 billion in taxes by financing part of a $55 billion stock buyback with debt rather than offshore cash that would have been billed by the U.S. government, Moody's Investment Services estimates.
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Google Play comes to Barnes & Noble's Nook HD and HD+, we go hands-on (video)  —  Barnes & Noble's refusal to open its ecosystem has long been one of our principle complaints about the company's tablet offerings.  The Nook HD and HD+ are extremely nice pieces of hardware that have been held …
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Massive Bitcoin Business Partnership Devolves Into $75 Million Lawsuit  —  Bitcoin, the virtual currency libertarian geeks expect us all to use to pay for pizza in the future, has had a rough few weeks.  A series of booms and busts have sent shivers down the spines of Bitcoin enthusiasts.
Nathaniel Rich / New York Times:
Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's Start-Up Machine  —  Michelle Crosby, an energetic 37-year-old lawyer in Boise, Idaho, applied for a loan last November from a local bank, Western Capital.  She proposed to use the money, $10,000, to help start a new business, Wevorce, which could be described …
Tweets: @hunterwalk
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
The Intel Opportunity  —  A new CEO has taken over Intel.  Their core business, upon which the company has been built, is floundering.  Does the new CEO, who is not really new at all (he's the current COO), have the vision to ensure Intel's continued success?
More: Bloomberg and Marco.orgThanks:@monkbent
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.
Apple counts down to 50 billion app downloads with all-time best sellers, $10,000 gift card  —  Apple's doing another iTunes countdown, this time to the 50 billionth app downloaded.  Along with the chance to win a $10,000 iTunes gift card, Apple also greets you with the all time most downloaded free and paid apps.
David Alexander / Reuters:
Samsung, BlackBerry devices cleared for use on U.S. defense networks  —  (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Thursday cleared BlackBerry and Samsung mobile devices for use on Defense Department networks, a step toward opening up the military to a wide variety of technology equipment makers while still ensuring communications security.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Warner Brothers sued for unauthorized use of Nyan Cat and Keyboard Cat  —  Warner Brothers is facing a federal lawsuit for using two feline-themed Internet memes in a video game without their creators' permission.  The authors of “Keyboard Cat” and “Nyan Cat” have sued the media giant arguing …
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 …
Mat Smith / Engadget:
‘Introverted’ Evernote pairs with messaging app Kakao Talk (and its 90 million users)  —  It's not all WhatsApp and LINE.  If you're in Korea, then your messaging app of choice is most likely to be Kakao Talk, and Evernote hopes that allying with the app will expand its remit and boost its presence in Asia.
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.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google reveals Shawnee, Kansas, will be the fourth city to get its Fiber Internet service  —  Google on Thursday announced that Shawnee, Kansas will be the fourth city to receive the company's Fiber Internet service.  Shawnee is located just south-west of Kansas City, meaning the technology …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Horace Dediu on the bad habits of Apple analysts and why Tim Cook shouldn't be fired  —  “I have few average days,” says Horace Dediu, one of the most well-respected watchers of the mobile industry, and Apple in particular, when asked about how he fills his time while running the Asymco blog and consultancy.
More: FortuneTweets: @panzer
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.

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