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April 2, 2012, 9:25 PM

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Donna L. Tapellini / Consumer Reports News:
New Apple iPad tops our tablet Ratings  —  The high-resolution screen of the new iPad establishes a new benchmark in excellence, providing the best rendering of detail and color accuracy we've ever seen on a tablet display.  As a result, the iPad tops our new tablet Ratings, posted today.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Shayndi Raice / Wall Street Journal:
Groupon Stands By Finance Chief  —  Groupon Inc.'s executives and board are standing behind the Internet company's finance chief, Jason Child, even after disclosing Groupon would revise its financial results, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Mr. Child has been in the spotlight …
Ben Popper / VentureBeat:
With stock price tumbling, shareholder lawyers see Groupon as juicy target  —  UPDATE: Groupon's share price is now down more than 15 percent for the day.  —  Groupon's stock has been falling since it revealed on Friday that it was revising its first quarter earnings to reflect a larger than expected loss.
Harry McCracken / Techland:
25 Years of IBM's OS/2: The Strange Days and Surprising Afterlife of a Legendary Operating System  —  Big Blue's next-generation operating system was supposed to change everything.  It didn't.  But it's also never quite gone away.  —  The July 1987 issue of PC World magazine featured a centerfold (!) of Microsoft CEO Bill Gates.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Microsoft's IE reclaims lost ground in browser battle  —  Internet Explorer has reversed a slide in usage, at least for now.  —  (Credit: data by Net Applications; chart by Stephen Shankland/CNET)  —  Microsoft's Internet Explorer regained some of the browser usage it's lost in recent years …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
iPhone Outselling All Other Smartphones Combined at Sprint and AT&T  —  Led by the 4S, Apple's iPhone line continues to rack up strong sales at AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.  So strong that some believe it's likely the top-selling phone at all three of those carriers.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Found Makes Searching For Files Anywhere Super Simple (And Really Slick)  —  As much as many companies want to think that they are your one-stop-shop for data storage, the reality is that you probably have files spread across a handful of different places.  Your home machine, one or two Gmail inboxes …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
‘Air Display’ Updated to Support HiDPI OS X Mode on New iPad  —  Last month, we noted that Avatron had announced forthcoming support for the new iPad in its Air Display software that allows users to add an iOS device as a wireless external monitor for their Mac.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Path now hashing and anonymizing contact data to protect user privacy  —  In a post on its company blog, the private social network Path has stated that it will begin hashing user contact data in order to make it anonymous and protect it.  This is in response to issues that began when it was found …
Don Clark / Digits:
Samsung Hires Hint at New Chip Focus  —  Samsung Electronics is a major maker of processors that power cellphones and other mobile devices.  But some observers think the Korean giant's recent hiring point to another possibility-chips for server systems.
Sarah Kessler / Mashable!:
Learning to Code?  Codecademy Adds Beginner Languages HTML and CSS  —  Despite its promise to turn anyone into a computer programmer through interactive online tutorials — and its more than 1 million registered users, including New York City Mayor Bloomberg — Codecademy hasn't been equipped …
More: VentureBeatThanks:@codecademy
AppleInsider:
Apple putting the squeeze on retail employees as some stores see traffic double  —  With sales booming in line with a rapid rate of innovative product introductions, Apple's international retail chain has come under heavy pressure from a striking increase in customer traffic …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Is Apple preparing a physical game controller for the iPad and iPhone?  —  Ever since the introduction of the iPhone over five years ago, Apple has scoffed at the notion that users need anything other than their fingers to control iOS devices.  Apple has never offered a stylus …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Google Writes Check to Acquire Payments Technology Company TxVia  —  In an effort to regain some momentum in mobile payments technology, Google has acquired TxVia, a payments technology company.  —  In a blog post, Google disclosed the purchase but did not reveal the terms.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
HTC One X review  —  Batman Begins.  The Muppets.  James Bond in Casino Royale.  What do they have in common?  They're all examples of franchises that got better after a reboot (some will disagree on Casino Royale, but I'm standing my ground).  For HTC, that's exactly what the One series represents …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Dell buys Wyse, plays ‘cloud client’ game  —  Summary: Dell expands into thin clients and virtualization software with the acquisition of Wyse.  —  Dell said it will acquire Wyse Technology in a move that gives the company more virtualization heft and an entry in thin computing.
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Revealed: Bono And The Edge Of U2 Are Dropbox Investors  —  In the annals of celebrities investing in tech startups, this one's looking especially smart.  Bono and The Edge, the singer and lead guitarist of Irish rock band U2, got into Dropbox's $250 million second round last year, they said in a tweet today.
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Lawsuit Says Circumstantial Evidence Enough To Prove e-Book Conspiracy  —  The plaintiffs who are accusing Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and publishers of fixing e-book prices say they don't have to show an actual meeting took place.  Instead, they say, indirect evidence like price jumps and a common motive …
AppleInsider:
Firm slaps $1001 target on Apple shares ahead of $100B integrated television opportunity  —  Arguing that Apple's dominance of the consumer electronics market is positioned to go unchecked for the foreseeable future, Topeka Capital Markets on Monday initiated coverage of the iPad maker …

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