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April 3, 2012, 3:55 PM

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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Breaking: Facebook Smacks at Yahoo With Patent Claims in Counter-Lawsuit  —  Facebook has just taken strong aim back at Yahoo with a patent lawsuit of its own, claiming infringement over a number of issues.  —  “From the outset, we said we would defend ourselves vigorously against Yahoo's lawsuit …
DealBook:
Facebook Accuses Yahoo of Infringing on Patents  —  It appears that two can play at the patent infringement game.  —  In responding to Yahoo's lawsuit accusing Facebook of violating 10 patents, filed in the federal district court in San Jose, Calif., the social networking giant on Tuesday argued …
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)
Brian Bondy / Brian R. Bondy:
A working Firefox Windows 8 Metro prototype, status update 3  —  The Firefox Roadmap lists a 2012 Q2 goal of providing a working Firefox prototype on Metro.  —  As of last week, we have a working browser in Metro.  It currently looks and feels the same as the Android browser.
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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Munster: How Apple becomes the first $1 trillion company  —  Its market cap today is $577 billion.  Where do the next $400-plus billion come from?  —  Click to enlarge.  —  In a note to clients issued early Tuesday, Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster raised his Q2 iPhone estimate (to 33 million) …
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.
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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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.
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.
Reuters:
BlackBerry maker RIM sued by NXP over patents  —  (Reuters) - Research In Motion Ltd (RIM.TO) (RIMM.O) can add a willful patent infringement claim to its long list of troubles after a Dutch semiconductor company said on Tuesday it had filed suit against the BlackBerry maker, sending its shares tumbling.
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Jonathan Heiliger: From Yahoo's ISP To Facebook's Infrastructure To Being A North Bridge VC  —  If you're familiar with Jonathan Heiliger's work, it's probably because you used Facebook sometime in the last five years.  He was the person in charge of keeping the site online as it grew from 35 million to more than 800 million users.
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 …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
A Brave New Push: Urban Airship Brings Location, Context Targeting To Mobile Notifications  —  At the end of October, Urban Airship, the startup that gives developers a simple way to build in-app purchases and push notifications into their mobile apps, acquired SimpleGeo for a reported $3.5 million.

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