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April 3, 2012, 9:00 PM

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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Facebook Smacks Back 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 …
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 …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
A detailed side-by-side comparison of Instagram for Android and iPhone  —  Today saw the arrival of one of the most anticipated Android apps in recent memory, with the launch of Instagram.  The app is hugely popular on the iPhone and got some 430K signups on its pre-release signup page for Google's OS.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Instagram for Android updated with bugfixes, but doesn't support HTC One X  —  Instagram for Android was probably the most anticipated app on the platform before today's earlier release, but it's having a couple of teething problems.  The developers have already pushed out an update intended …
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)
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook Threatens To Sue TechCrunch Commenter  —  Last year, Alexia covered a funny Chrome web browser extension called “Defaceable” that allowed you to comment anonymously on Facebook and on other websites using Facebook Comments.  Instead of having to associate your comment with your real name …
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo's Layoffs Tomorrow Morning of up to 2,000 Will Only Be the First Move of a Larger Purge to Come  —  According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo's massive round of layoffs — which is likely to impact up to 2,000 employees — is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg that will hit …
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.
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) …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple commentator Mike Daisey's Blog and Twitter account disappear for some time, then re-appear  —  Update: It appears as if both Daisey's blog and his Twitter account have re-appeared after being down for more than an hour.  —  After weeks of criticism, monologuist Mike Daisey …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Android Tops 50%, iOS Hits 30% in U.S. Smartphone Installed User Base  —  Research firm comScore today released the results of its latest survey of mobile phone users in the United States, finding that Google's Android and Apple's iOS continue to dominate the smartphone landscape.
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Google+ Profiles get personal, now includes address book information from Google Contacts  —  The march towards merging all of Google's products continues, and this time it's Google Contacts that's getting the social treatment.  —  The Google Contacts team announced last night …
More: UbergizmoThanks:@cosmicrami
Laura Stampler / Business Insider:
Skype Bashes Facebook And Twitter In Billboard Campaign  —  Skype has allocated some of the money from its $12 million marketing campaign for some dirty advertising directed towards social media big-hitters Twitter and Facebook.  —  Click here to see the ads>
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Sarah Mitroff / VentureBeat:
The Minerva Project raises largest-ever seed funding from Benchmark for elite university  —  The Minerva Project, a new “elite university,” just announced it has raised $25 million dollars in seed funding from Benchmark Capital, the largest seed round the venture capital firm has ever invested.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Instapaper, Readability and monetizing other people's content  —  There's been a minor furore brewing in the digital-content sphere over the past few days involving Readability, an app and web service that allows readers to save content from any website and read it later …
Darrell Etherington / BetaKit:
iSimplyConnect Debuts VPN Tool for iPad  —  VPN services are often a must for organizations who have employees working out of the office who need access to on-site data, and the advent of tablets only underscores that need.  The iPad's reputation as the tablet of choice in boardrooms …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple holds the master decryption key when it comes to iCloud security, privacy  —  Ars recently attempted to delve into the inner workings of the security built into Apple's iCloud service.  Though we came away reasonably certain that iCloud uses industry best practices that Apple claims …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Online retail platform Goodsie aims to be one-stop shop for newby sellers  —  Helping small businesses make the jump to online sales is becoming a big business opportunity, especially with the added boost coming from sales via smartphones and tablets.  Companies like Shopify …

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