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April 3, 2012, 1:15 PM

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Danielle Kucera / Bloomberg:
Amazon Tests in-App Purchase Service to Challenge Apple, Google  —  Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), the world's largest online retailer, is testing a service that lets tablet users make purchases through mobile applications, a sign it may enter a market pioneered by Google Inc. (GOOG) and Apple Inc. (AAPL)
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
With Over 30 Million Users On iOS, Instagram Finally Comes To Android  —  Morning guys!  It's going to be a bright, bright, bright sunshine-y day for Android users, namely because photo-sharing darling Instagram is now available in the Android Market.  If you want to hurry up and try …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Study: iPhone users rely on Wi-Fi more than Android users  —  Besides basic divisions in hardware and software, there are some major differences in the way iPhone and Android platform smartphone users ingest data, a new study says.  —  According to market research firm ComScore …
Mike Davidson / mikeindustries.com:
What the Betamax Case Teaches Us About Readability  —  The Betamax SL6500!  I totally had this model!!!  —  Several really smart people in our industry are arguing very publicly right now about a company called Readability and how great and/or evil their service is.
Shara Tibken / Wall Street Journal:
Company's Most Common Tablet Mistakes  —  As companies flock to the devices, they're learning a lot from their mistakes  —  American Airlines was an early adopter of tablet computers.  As a result, it learned a lot about how best to use tablets—and where it could go wrong.
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Felix Salmon:
How Groupon accounts for its deals  —  It's another bad day for Groupon: not only is Andrew Ross Sorkin using the company as Exhibit A in his opposition to the JOBS Act, but more worryingly the WSJ is now reporting that the SEC is examining the earnings revision which Groupon announced yesterday.
Dan Balaban / NFC Times:
Google Wallet Co-Founding Engineer Departs Google for Square  —  Google Wallet co-founding engineer Rob von Behren has left the Web giant for payments startup Square, following former colleague Jonathan Wall in departing the Web giant.  —  Von Behren disclosed the move today in his LinkedIn profile …
David Meyer / GigaOM:
Earlybird's $100m will fund Berlin's ‘antisocial’ movement  —  A common complaint in Berlin that the scene has plenty of hype but not enough in the way of local investment.  Well, here comes something big.  —  Earlybird, the VC that moved all its operations to the city last year in response …
Chris Kanaracus / PC World:
Dell Buys Application Modernization Firm Clerity  —  Dell said Tuesday it has purchased application modernization vendor Clerity Solutions, in its second enterprise software-related acquisition news this week.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
The Story of Skout: From Deadpool's Door to $22M Led By Andreessen Horowitz  —  Eighteen months ago, it looked like the location wars were over.  Foursquare had just closed a $20 million Series B round and rivals like Gowalla, Loopt and Brightkite weren't having the same buzz or traction.
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.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
EU Regulators Stick Motorola With Two-Pronged Patent Probe  —  Evidently EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia's recent remarks threatening an investigation into Motorola Mobility's standards-essential patent licensing policies were less a warning and more a preannouncement.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
MetroPCS adds $70 a month pricing tier for unlimited LTE data, caps $60 plan at 5GB  —  MetroPCS LTE data plans just got a little less confusing, but users may not be happy with the changes.  The company is adding a new tier to its plans, raising the rate for unlimited LTE data …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Citrix submits cloud-building software to Apache Foundation  —  Citrix today said that software for building Amazon EC2-style cloud platforms will be submitted to the Apache Software Foundation in an effort to accelerate its development.  —  Known as CloudStack, the software was acquired …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
XRY's two-minute iPhone passcode exploit debunked  —  Late last month, we reported Swedish security firm Micro Systemation claimed its “XRY” application was capable of cracking an iOS device's passcode, logging keystrokes, and accessing data like GPS, call logs, contacts, and messages.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Arizona Internet Censorship Bill So Ridiculous, Even The MPAA And RIAA Are Against It  —  A new bill has passed through the Arizona state legislature that would allow for broad censorship of the internet.  As with many such bills, this one is weakly “disguised” as an attempt to deal with online “bullying” and “stalking.”
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
MPAA Warns of Megaupload ‘Relaunch’ If Servers Are Transferred  —  Giving Megaupload back data would constitute a violation of studio rights, says a legal filing by the MPAA today  —  The MPAA is objecting to the transfer of Megaupload data, saying in a court filing today that it could pave …
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.
Edgar Alvarez / Engadget:
NOOK for iPad now with Retina content, improved highlighting features  —  Better late than never, right?  Only a couple of weeks after its rival Kindle, the NOOK app is finally ready to join the new iPad's pixel-packed party.  While the main feature is obviously its Retina display compatibility …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
How Does Y Combinator Scale Y Combinator?  —  The startups that presented at Y Combinator's Demo Day last week were remarkable in their own right, but perhaps the most striking thing was the sheer number of them.  —  With 66 companies and 180 founders in this season's batch …

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