More rumors to share, this one coming from the Italian fan site U2place, which is reporting that a source at Universal Music Italy says there won't be a U2 album this year. The original article is in Italian, but the Google translate into English is pretty clear:
According to our source inside the record company Universal Italy the new U2 album definitely will not come out this year. This would seem to confirm another rumor mentioned in the news yesterday that suggests the release in March 2014.
The "news yesterday" they're referring to is the article in a French newspaper that, in some translations, had Bono telling people around Eze, France, that the album would be released next March. Other translations disagreed with that wording.
We'll ask around our contacts and see if we can learn anything to add to this.