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March 29, 2012, 3:25 PM

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Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Tim Cook Might Abandon Steve Jobs' ‘Thermonuclear War’ On Android  —  Top Apple executives have met with top Samsung executives about settling their patent fights, Paul Barrett at Bloomberg Businessweek reports.  —  Barrett writes, “Apple CEO Tim Cook does not seem to share his predecessor's passion about laying all foes to waste.
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Google's Android has generated just $550m since 2008, figures suggest  —  Data provided in response to Oracle claim suggests iPhone generated four times more revenue than Google's own handsets  —  Android generated less than $550m in revenues for Google between 2008 and the end of 2011 …
Dan Graziano / BGR:
Google generates four times more revenue from iPhone than Android  —  According to legal documents for its upcoming hearing with Oracle, between 2008 and 2011 Android generated less than $550 million in revenue for Google.  Apple's iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, which use Google Maps and search …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Paper: the next great iPad app, from the brains behind Courier  —  Georg Petschnigg throws his hands into the air as he traces thousands of years of human evolution that led us to develop the fragile wrists we need to use tools.  Petschnigg locks his wrist into place and pretends to scribble …
Matth / Nielsen Wire:
Smartphones Account for Half of all Mobile Phones, Dominate New Phone Purchases in the US  —  Almost half (49.7%) of U.S. mobile subscribers now own smartphones, as of February 2012.  According to Nielsen, this marks an increase of 38 percent over last year; in February 2011, only 36 percent of mobile subscribers owned smartphones.
Bloomberg:
Apple's Tim Cook Visits Foxconn IPhone Plant in China  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook visited Foxconn Technology Group's newly built manufacturing facility for the iPhone in Zhengzhou, China, as the U.S. company seeks to improve working conditions.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
iPhone 4 owners can register for $15 antennagate settlements (updated)  —  The official website for the iPhone 4 “antennagate” class action settlement is live, as pointed out by co-lead counsel on the case Ira Rothken.  Of course, speaking of cases, if you're an iPhone 4 owner who has taken advantage …
Brett Slatkin / Google Small Business:
A fast, accurate, and affordable way to do online market research  —  From international brands to local food trucks, every business wants to make important decisions with their customers' feedback in mind.  Which version of your new logo will people like better?  How much interest do dog owners have in organic dog food?
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Google adds real-time traffic estimates to Maps directions  —  Google has started rolling out traffic estimates for Maps users in selected areas.  When you search for driving directions in places with the feature, you'll see an ideal or average time at the top, followed by a time marked “in current traffic.”
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Google's New ‘Account Activity’ Is a Sham  —  When it comes to privacy, Google wants to be the good guy .  Too bad that's not enough.  —  Google Account Activity is Google's fairly transparent attempt to differentiate itself from Facebook by being open about what it knows about you.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Spotify Keeps the Free Music Party Going in the U.S.  —  Good news for American Spotify users who don't want to pay for their music: The streaming service will continue to let them listen to anything they want, without restrictions, for a while longer.  —  The free-music party was supposed …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
London taxi app Hailo takes on $17m in series A funding led by Accel, and gears up for US launch  —  London-based taxi app Hailo has announced a whopping $17m Series A funding round, which is one of the largest European first-rounds in recent times.  —  The Next Web first covered Hailo back in November …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Snapguide wants to be your handheld how-to guide for everything  —  There are plenty of websites that provide in-depth information about specific topics, but apart from a few tired old services like eHow from Demand Media, there aren't many places you can go to find how-to guides for a wide range …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Megaupload Drops Mega Song Lawsuit to Focus on “Nonsense” US Charges  —  A month before its shutdown Megaupload pulled off one of the biggest file-sharing related marketing coups in recent memory.  —  The file-hoster released a pro-Megaupload song featuring stars such as P Diddy, Will.i.am …
Sarah Mitroff / VentureBeat:
Fake ID holders beware: facial recognition service Face.com can now detect your age  —  Facial recognition platform Face.com could foil the plans of all those under-age kids looking to score some booze.  Fake IDs might not fool anyone for much longer, because Face.com's new application programming interface …
Fred Wilson / A VC:
Some Thoughts On Online Privacy  —  There are signs that Washington is gearing up to do something big in the area of online privacy.  The FTC put out a report earlier this week and the White House called for a “privacy bill of rights” last month.  Both have asked Congress to act on this issue.

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