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April 2, 2012, 11:40 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
SEC Probes Groupon  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission is examining Groupon Inc.'s revision of its first set of financial results as a public company, according to a person familiar with the situation.  —  The regulator's probe into the popular online-coupon company is at a preliminary stage …
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:
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Pinterest Co-Founder Paul Sciarra Leaves, Ben Silbermann Officially Takes On CEO Role  —  Well, big changes on the horizon for Pinterest!  We've confirmed reports that Pinterest co-founder Paul Sciarra is indeed leaving the company.  And it's complicated: While Sciarra …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Angry Birds animated TV series to premiere in Autumn 2012  —  52 weekly episodes will be distributed ‘on all possible devices’ says head of animation Nick Dorra.  By Stuart Dredge  —  Rovio Mobile is launching a series of 52 shortform animations for its Angry Birds in Autumn, but has ruled out a movie until after 2014.
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 …
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
The “D” in Action: Yahoo Layoffs Coming Wednesday, International to Be Hit Hard  —  As Kara Swisher reported last week, big staff cuts are coming to Yahoo this week.  We've heard the hard decisions are already in process, with the hammer coming down Wednesday in the US and Thursday overseas.

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Microsoft:
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