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May 16, 2013, 3:15 PM

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Claire Cain Miller / NYT Bits:
New Apps Arrive on Google Glass  —  Google Glass, the company's Internet-connected glasses, will soon have seven new apps, including breaking news alerts from CNN, fashion features from Elle, Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook posts and reminder notes from Evernote.
Kellex / Droid Life:
SMS is Indeed Coming to Google Hangouts, According to Google+ Community Manager  —  To say that readers were disappointed at the lack of SMS support in Google's new Hangouts application is probably somewhat of an understatement.  People are 100% ready to make Hangouts their number …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft responds to YouTube demands, ‘more than happy’ to include ads if Google allows it  —  Following Google's demands for Microsoft to remove its Windows Phone YouTube app, Microsoft has responded saying it's happy to include advertising.  Google sent a cease and desist letter to Microsoft recently …
Quentin Hardy / NYT Bits:
Google Buys a Quantum Computer  —  Google and NASA are forming a laboratory to study artificial intelligence by means of computers that use the unusual properties of quantum physics.  Their quantum computer, which performs complex calculations thousands of times faster than existing supercomputers …
Nick Hide / Crave:
Samsung changes mind, will look at storage on Galaxy S4 … Samsung has backed down on the Galaxy S4's limited storage after the phone appeared on the BBC's Watchdog, saying it will try to squeeze its myriad features into a smaller space, freeing up more memory for apps.
Jason Wilson / VentureBeat:
EA kills its controversial Online Pass program  —  EA is doing away with its Online Pass program from this point forward, a decision the video game publisher says is partially based on player response.  —  “Yes, we're discontinuing Online Pass,” EA senior director of corporate communications …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Here's That Steve Jobs E-Book Email to James Murdoch  —  “Throw in with Apple and see if we can all make a go of this to create a real mainstream e-books market at $12.99 and $14.99.”  —  That's an excerpt from an email sent by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs to James Murdoch of News Corporation …
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Android and iOS accounted for 92% of Q1 2013 smartphone shipments, as Windows Phone passes BlackBerry  —  Android and iOS accounted for 92.3 percent of all smartphones shipped during the first quarter of 2013, according to new figures published today by the International Data Corporation (IDC).
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
That settles it: Opera drops its $3.4m lawsuit against ex-employee Trond Hansen  —  A little over two weeks ago, word got out about Opera filing a rather nasty lawsuit against a former longtime employee and contractor, designer and musician Trond Werner Hansen.
More: CNETThanks:@robinwauters
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google adopts Bluetooth Smart, hints of a new Android version within two months  —  According to a just-issued press release from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), Google has committed to updating Android with support for Bluetooth Smart (also known as Bluetooth Low Energy) “in the coming months.”
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Microsoft building touch-screen feature into Chrome  —  To try to spread its flexible Pointer Events interface beyond Windows 8 and IE10, Microsoft programmers are trying to build support into Google's browser.  —  Through the peculiar dynamics of Web standard politics and the open-source …
Reuters:
Senators struggle with tech industry concerns on U.S. immigration bill  —  (Reuters) - Senate supporters of a broad U.S. immigration bill struggled on Wednesday to satisfy technology companies that want greater leeway to hire high-skilled foreign workers.  —  Democratic Senator Charles Schumer …
Luke Johnson / Trusted Reviews:
iOS BBM app will not support iPad at launch  —  With a summer iOS BBM app release having been confirmed, BlackBerry has revealed that the Apple friendly messaging application will not be available to iPad owners.  —  Leaving iPad mini and iPad 4 users out in the cold, the iOS BBM app …
More: Engadget and SlashGear
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Is It Wrong to Use Data From the World's First ‘Nice’ Botnet?  —  When Morgan Marquis-Boire heard about the Internet Census 2012, he was excited.  —  Marquis-Boire, a Google engineer by day, spends his spare time looking for state-sponsored spyware, and here was something new that he could use.
Tweets: @wired
Eric Johnson / AllThingsD:
iOS, Android Games' Revenue Beat 3DS, Vita's at Best & Worst of Times  —  As if you needed any further reminding that phone and tablet games are where it's at, take a look at the new portable gaming report that IDC and App Annie are releasing today.  —  The report, obtained in advance by AllThingsD …
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
New Groupon CEO Unlikely Until Next Year  —  Groupon Inc. isn't likely to name a permanent new chief executive until next year, the daily-deal company's interim chiefs said Wednesday.  —  The company, which stumbled badly after going public in 2011, has been looking for someone to fill …
 

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