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12:40 PM ET, April 12, 2011

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Henry Blodget / SAI:
The Guy Who Says He Owns 50% Of Facebook Just Filed A Boatload Of New Evidence — And It's Breathtaking  —  Remember Paul Ceglia?  —  He's the fellow in upstate New York who sued Mark Zuckerberg last July, claiming that, way back in 2003, Zuckerberg had agreed to give him a 50% ownership in the project that became Facebook.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Paul Ceglia vs. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg: Here's the complaint and it's a good read  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg won a legal victory over Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who were appealing to increase a $65 million settlement, and now there's another lawsuit on the horizon.
Discussion: The Register
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cisco To Shut Down Flip Video Camera Business; Will Give Pink Slips To 550 Employees  —  Wow.  Cisco has just issued a release stating that in a strategic plan to “align its operations,” the company will exit parts of its consumer businesses and realign the remaining consumer business …
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
The End: Cisco Shuts Down Flip, a $590 Million Mistake  —  Cisco is giving up on its barely two-year-old $590 million purchase of Pure Digital Technologies, announcing today that it is closing its Flip business unit and cutting 550 employees as part of a larger restructuring.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Run iPhone Apps Directly From Your Browser With Pieceable Viewer  —  Part of i/o Ventures first cohort, Pieceable is launching its first product today, the Pieceable Viewer.  As you can see above with the Yelp app or here with apps like Hipmunk or Foodspotting, the viewer allows you to run …
Violet Blue / Tech Broiler Blog:
AOL/HuffPo Shuts Down Download Squad  —  In a surprise move Monday night, popular software blog Download Squad became the latest tech casualty in Huffington/AOL's so-called ‘consolidation’ of its content sites.  In an end-of-the-day email, Download Squad's staff was told that the blog …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
HTC Sensation 4G official: 1.2GHz dual-core, qHD display, and Sense 3.0  —  We've known about the so-called HTC Pyramid for months, long before the Vodafone leak this morning.  Now the long-rumored Android phone is official and coming to T-Mobile under the moniker HTC Sensation 4G.
Billboard.Biz:
Amazon Letter To Labels: Cloud Drive Locker Has Boosted MP3 Sales  —  In a letter to music labels, Amazon says its Cloud Drive locker has boosted Amazon MP3 sales.  The company also reiterated the claim that its current setup doesn't need a license.  —  The letter, signed from the Amazon Music Team …
Discussion: Music Ally, MediaMemo and Computerworld
Dean Hachamovitch / MSDN Blogs:
Native HTML5: First IE10 Platform Preview Available for Download  —  IE10 Platform Preview 1, available for download today is the first step in delivering the next wave of progress in native HTML5 support.  Web sites and HTML5 run best when they run natively, on a browser optimized for the operating system on your device.
Samuel Gibbs / TUAW:
iPad 2 gets glasses-free 3D display using front-facing camera for head tracking  —  Now that the iPad 2 has a front facing-camera and some decent horsepower under the hood, there's a lot of potential for really interesting camera-plus-screen coordination hacks.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
AOL, Arianna Huffington Hit with Class Action Suit  —  Huffington Post bloggers who think they ought to get paid for their volunteer writing have been litigating their case in the court of public opinion.  Now they're taking it to a real one.  —  Today, a group of bloggers led by union organizer …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Bing Now Powers 30% of US Searches  —  Bing is doing what no one used to think was possible: knocking search market share points off of Google, and collecting them.  —  Yes, Bing-powered search in the United States just broke the 30% barrier, clocking in at 30.01% in March according to Hitwise.
Nadia Damouni / Reuters:
Exclusive: HP held talks to buy Tibco  —  (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ.N) had considered buying business software company Tibco Software Inc (TIBX.O) until two weeks ago when talks fizzled, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.  —  The talks come as newly minted HP chief …
Tomio Geron / Social Markets:
Start-ups Rejected By Y Combinator (And Investors) Flock To YC Reject  —  Allan Teruel didn't make the cut with his application to Y Combinator, the popular Silicon Valley incubator last week.  So after being “bummed out,” he decided to start YC Reject, a program for those who didn't get in.
Discussion: YC Reject
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Eye-Fi launching new 8GB wireless SD card today, kicking out Direct Mode for iOS and Android next week  —  Remember how Eye-Fi was cooking up some software to let their WiFi-enabled SD memory cards sling photos directly to your tablet or phone?  Here's some sweet news — starting next week …
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Starting Up: A Generation of Zuckerberg Wannabees  —  Palo Alto's Cyrus Pishevar, 13, is one of Silicon Valley's second generation of Web innovators—teens who grew up online, watching and feeding the rise of Facebook and other nearby ventures  —  (Bloomberg) — The Facebook application …
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
Amazon.com to Sell Kindle Digital Reader With Ads for $114  —  Amazon.com Inc., the largest online retailer, will begin selling a version of its Kindle electronic- book reader that features advertisements and costs $114, 18 percent less than the ad-free device.
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Tony Bradley / PC World:
Why Firefox Rapid Release Schedule Is a Bad Idea  —  Mozilla has committed to a more aggressive release schedule for the Firefox Web browser.  There were nearly three years between the launch of Firefox 3 and Firefox 4, but Firefox 5 is expected to be introduced in a matter of months at the end of June.
Discussion: Softpedia News and OStatic blogs
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Xobni Co-Founder Returns With Postagram  —  Matt Brezina, the entrepreneur who co-founded the Y-Combinator-backed email management company Xobni, has returned to the startup game with the launch today of his new company, Sincerely.  —  Sincerely's business is simple but ambitious …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Confirmed: Sprint getting Motorola XOOM with WiMAX  —  We exclusively reported Sprint would be getting an identical version of the Motorola XOOM sans LTE and adding a WiMAX radio, and we now have received a second confirmation — cases for the Motorola XOOM just started showing up at Sprint stores nationwide.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
How is SSL hopelessly broken?  Let us count the ways  —  Blunders expose huge cracks in net's trust foundation  —  Analysis Every year or so, a crisis or three exposes deep fractures in the system that's supposed to serve as the internet's foundation of trust.
Steve Augustino / Telecom Law Monitor:
FCC Rules VoIP Provider May Not Collect Access Charges  —  With the continued uncertainty regarding the classification of VoIP service and the application of intercarrier compensation to VoIP, litigation over VoIP charges is extensive.  In the latest case to reach a decision …
Diana ben-Aaron / Bloomberg:
Nokia Workers Face Steepest Cut in 20 Years as Job Talks Near  —  Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) workers are bracing for what may be the steepest job cuts in almost two decades as the world's largest maker of mobile phones prepares to start a partnership with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
ChangeWave Research: iPad 2 demand 40% higher than iPad 1  —  A new survey suggests that Apple sold 7 million iPads in Q2, including 2-3 million iPad 2s  —  RBC Capital's Mike Abramsky joined the 7 million club Tuesday.  —  That's the small but growing group of analysts who believe Apple …
Discussion: BGR, AppleInsider and Electronista
Nicholas Deleon / MobileCrunch:
Study: Smartphone Users Wasting Hundreds Of Dollars Per Year On Unnecessary Contracts  —  A new study says that smartphone users are overpaying for their service by several hundred dollars each and every year.  The study, put together by Billmonitor, notes that people are overspending primarily …
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Carbon Fiber iPods Will Bring Wi-Fi Syncing [Exclusive]  —  Apple is prototyping iPods with carbon-fiber cases, like this wrap from Carbon:Era. www.carbon-era.co.uk  —  Steve Jobs is keen to bring wireless syncing to iPods this year, and carbon fiber may be the key.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Resurrected Bebo gets a facelift  —  Social networking site Bebo has only been in the news sporadically since AOL sold it to Criterion Capital Partners last June, but the company says it has been steadily rolling out new features.  Today, it's unveiling a redesigned home page.
Discussion: paidContent, thinq_ and NetworkEffect
 
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Dutch Government To Outlaw File-Sharing and Block The Pirate Bay
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple component makers downplay rumors of Retina iPad 3 arriving in 2011
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Vudu starts streaming movies to the browser, but only in SD
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