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April 3, 2012, 8:35 AM

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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 …
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Pinterest Co-Founder Paul Sciarra Is Now EIR At Andreessen Horowitz  —  More developments for Pinterest co-founder Paul Sciarra, who we reported yesterday was leaving Pinterest as Ben Silbermann officially took helm as CEO.  Sciarra is going VC and joining Andreessen Horowitz as entrepreneur-in-residence.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
TripAdvisor Files Antitrust Complaint Against Google With EU  —  TripAdvisor Inc. (TRIP) filed an antitrust complaint against Google Inc. (GOOG) with European Union regulators, adding a second complaint against the world's largest search- engine operator by online travel companies.
Rachel King / CNET:
Oracle and Google will go to trial  —  It's on: Google and Oracle are set to go to trial two weeks from today now that a last-ditch attempt at a settlement has failed.  —  Last week, Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal asked both parties to give settlement talks another chance, with a decision required by April 9.
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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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.
Juliette Garside / Guardian:
Apple's Chinese iPhone plants employ forced interns, claim campaigners  —  Students told to man production lines at Foxconn if they want to graduate, says Hong Kong-based nonprofit  —  Apple's factories in China are employing tens of thousands of students, some of them on forced internships …
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 …
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 …
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 …

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