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“Steve built a company and culture that is unlike any other in the world and we are going to stay true to that — it is in our DNA. We are going to continue to make the best products in the world that delight our customers and make our employees incredibly proud of what they do.” — Apple CEO Tim Cook in a reported company email to employees (Ars Technica)
* Slide founder Max Levchin, also a PayPal co-founder, is leaving Google, which acquired his social apps company for $200 million over a year ago. Meanwhile, Google plans to retire many of the team’s products, including Disco, Pool Party, and the recently-launched Photovine. (All Things D and TechCrunch)
* Popular news curation app Flipboard plans to eventually offer film and TV content as well, joining a field populated by Netflix, Hulu, and Facebook. (Reuters)
* Nineteen-year-old Nicholas Allegra, the hacker behind JailbreakMe.com, is joining Apple as an intern, though no specifics on what he’ll be doing at the company. (MacRumors)
* Meet Ness, a free app for Apple’s iOS operating system that’s being billed as a “Pandora for restaurant recommendations,” offering up personalized suggestions that get better the more you use it. (GigaOm)
* Speaking of Pandora, the music streaming service reported record sales of $67 million for its first quarter, a 117% increase compared to the same time last year, though it still took a loss of $1.8 million. (TechCrunch)
* Why Google would be the “most compelling” buyer of Hulu. (The Hollywood Reporter)
* How the gaming industry can learn from the music industry’s mistakes. (Games Brief)
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