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April 3, 2012, 6:55 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
More: Rick StrattonTweets: @davezatz
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) …
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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
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>
More: AdAge, FierceVoIP and PhoneArenaTweets: @eldon
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 tomorrow — which is likely to impact up to 2,000 employees — is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg …
More: PandoDaily
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 …
MarketWatch:
Samsung pursues ad market on its mobile devices  —  Mobile phone heavyweight Samsung Electronics Co. (SSNHY, 005930.SE) is playing a more hands-on role in the advertising on its devices, underlining the growing potential many companies see in mobile ads.  Samsung plans to announce Tuesday …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Disgraced Apple commentator Mike Daisey makes blog private and shutters Twitter account  —  After weeks of criticism, monologuist Mike Daisey has made his personal blog private and closed his Twitter account.  This is likely a result of the harsh public eye turned on Daisey since public radio program …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
These Are The Prices AT&T, Verizon and Sprint Charge For Cellphone Wiretaps  —  If Americans aren't disturbed by phone carriers' practices of handing over cell phone users' personal data to law enforcement en masse, in many cases without a warrant, we might at least be interested to learn …

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