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April 4, 2012, 10:15 AM

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Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Lumia 900 review  —  It occurred to me that the Lumia 900 review would be one of the more important critiques of a product that I write this year.  For those of you who don't know the backstory here, the new LTE-equipped, AT&T-bound smartphone represents what could be the beginning of a new era …
Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic:
Nokia Lumia 900 teardown reveals mediocre hardware, reasons for great price  —  Takeaway: Nokia's Lumia 900 is an attractive Windows Phone handset, but TechRepublic uncovers hardware that's a step behind the Galaxy Nexus and iPhone 4S.  —  Nokia, Microsoft, and AT&T are placing huge bets on the Lumia 900.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Cuts 14 Percent Of Workforce; 2,000 Given Pink Slips; Will Save $375M  —  Yahoo has made its massive round of layoffs official.  The company just released a statement saying that 2,000 jobs have been cut, or 14 percent of it total workforce (which was previously around 14,000).
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Time Inc. Hearst, Conde Nast, Meredith Launch “Netflix For Magazines”  —  Remember Next Issue Media, the “Hulu for Digital Magazines” consortium made up of the biggest names in publishing?  It has finally delivered something worth talking about: Call it Netflix for Magazines.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET:
Silicon Valley has Facebook's back in Yahoo knife fight  —  This much is clear about the patent showdown between Yahoo and Facebook: Yahoo is losing friends left and right.  —  Last month, Yahoo sued Facebook, claiming the world's largest social-networking company had infringed on 10 of its patents.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
Researcher: Over 1 Million U.S. Cable Subscribers Cut Cord In 2011  —  Cable and satellite TV subscription growth slowed down more than had been previously reported, and cord-cutting was a primary factor.  But don't worry about it — a revolution that will re-create the current multi-channel access paradigm is still a long way away.
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
As Wall Street Points Fingers at Groupon, Three Fingers Point Back  —  Now I know how Goldilocks felt.  —  About the time Groupon was raising its $1 billion growth round and getting the big endorsement from some of the Valley's biggest names, I was bringing up all the problems …
David Meyer / GigaOM:
Phonedeck puts your Android phone in the cloud  —  There are cross-platform contact management services.  There are remote mobile device management tools.  And then there's Phonedeck, a scarily comprehensive platform that offers much of the same functionality, and considerably more.
Mikael Ricknäs / Computerworld:
Samsung delays Galaxy Tab 2 family launch until end of April  —  More work on Android 4.0 is needed before the products can ship, according to Samsung  —  Samsung's low-cost tablets, the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) and Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), have been delayed, and will now start shipping in the U.K at the end of April, the company said Tuesday.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Surprise: Microsoft makes list of top 20 Linux kernel contributors — first time ever  —  Has Microsoft figured out a cure for cancer?  —  The company, whose CEO Steve Ballmer once famously compared Linux to that disease, is now one of the top 20 contributors of code to the open-source …
Sasha Issenberg / Slate:
Obama's Technology Innovation: How the president can use the intellectual property his campaign is creating  —  Will technology developed by his campaign make the president a power broker for many elections to come?  —  In the middle of 2008, Derek Dukes decided he wanted to help Barack Obama get elected president.
More: Skype JournalTweets: @counternotions
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: Guardian and Rick StrattonTweets: @davezatz
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Teen survey: 34% own an iPhone, 40% want one  —  Apple is the favorite — once again — in Piper Jaffray's 23rd semi-annual teen survey  —  “The bottom line,” writes Gene Munster in a note summarizing the results of Piper Jaffray's latest survey of the aspirations of American teenagers …
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Stanford, Open University reach 50 million downloads on iTunes U  —  Two of Apple's university partners reached significant milestones this month on the company's free education service, iTunes U. Both Stanford and Open University reached 50 million downloads of their respective content.
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 …

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