May 29, 2013, 6:35 PM

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Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers:
2013 Internet Trends  —  The latest edition of the annual Internet Trends report finds continued robust online growth.  There are now 2.4 billion Internet users around the world, and the total continues to grow apace.  Mobile usage is expanding rapidly, while the mobile advertising opportunity remains largely untapped.
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
In Blue: Start Experience Changes  —  I can now confirm that most of the rumored coming changes to the Start experience in Windows 8.1 “Blue” are correct.  And I've got a few screenshots to help demonstrate how these changes are implemented.  —  First up, please be sure to Coming in Blue: Boot to Desktop, Start Button, and More.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Apple's Tim Cook: The Full D11 Interview (Video)  —  There was a lot to talk about as Apple CEO Tim Cook made his second appearance on the D: All Things Digital stage.  —  Cook declined many, many opportunities to talk about new products.  —  But he did give his view on taxes …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Gmail wages war on inbox clutter with new design for mobile and desktop  —  Three years after Priority Inbox, Google tries another approach at managing email overload  —  Google begins rolling out a redesigned Gmail today with an eye on removing inbox clutter, separating bulk emails …
Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Shifts Supply Chain Away From Foxconn to Pegatron  —  TAIPEI—For years, nearly all of the world's iPhones and iPads rolled off the assembly lines of a single company: Foxconn.  —  It was a famous partnership between two outsize personalities— Steve Jobs, Apple Inc.'s intense …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Unveils Verified Pages And Profiles, Takes A Page From Twitter's Playbook  —  Facebook has just announced a new verified feature for pages and profiles, designed to give high-profile accounts an added level of authenticity.  This is clearly a straightforward copy of Twitter's own verified accounts …
John Fetto / Experian:
Americans spend 58 minutes a day on their smartphones  —  New data from Experian Marketing Services' Simmons® ConnectSM mobile and digital panel sheds light on the way smartphone users spend time using their phone, with the average adult clocking 58 minutes daily on their device.
Rand Fishkin / Moz:
Goodbye SEOmoz.  Hello Moz!  —  For the last two years, the 130+ Mozzers across product, engineering, marketing, and operations have been working to transform this company to the next stage of our evolution.  Today, that incredibly demanding, intense, but ultimately rewarding process has reached its first goal.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
256GB Surface Pro appears in Japan complete with Office 2013 and new Touch Covers  —  While Surface Pro is making its way to additional markets this month, a new variant has arrived in Japan.  Microsoft previously launched a region-specific Surface Pro in China, complete with a full copy of Office 2013 …
Dylan Tweney / VentureBeat:
Sheryl Sandberg on Facebook's mobile focus, Google Glass, and being ‘bossy’  —  RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — Sheryl Sandberg thinks women still need to step up and take charge — even if people call them “bossy” or “aggressive.”  —  “I wrote Lean In [published by Knopf in March] because, it turns out, men still run this world.
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Max Levchin's New Plan: To Get You Pregnant (And Improve Health Care in the Process)  —  When I called PayPal co-founder Max Levchin last week, we talked about ovulation cycles, not payment cycles.  —  That's because Levchin's newest start-up involves an iPhone app aimed toward helping women get pregnant.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Seeking Broader Appeal Blekko Offers Bold New UI  —  In January upstart search engine Blekko launched a specialized tablet app called Izik.  The UI and overall experience were optimized for the touch-screen devices.  Search results were more visual and finger friendly.
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Amazon picks five original series to vie with Netflix  —  You've got company, “Arrested Development.”  The two comedies and three kids shows will air exclusively on Amazon's site later this year and early next year.  —  Amazon on Wednesday plans to produce five full series …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
TuneIn raises $25 million, nabs new CFO from Google to monetize radio streaming  —  Palo Alto, California-based TuneIn has raised a new $25 million round of funding, and it plans to put that money to good use.  TuneIn CEO John Donham told me Tuesday that he intends to spend a big chunk …
Deborah Gage / Venture Capital Dispatch:
CNET Co-Founder Halsey Minor Files for Personal Bankruptcy  —  Tech investor and entrepreneur Halsey Minor filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles, Venture Capital Dispatch has learned.  Minor lists his liabilities as $50 million to $100 million …

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