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April 4, 2012, 12:35 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.
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
It's Big, It's Blue, It's Windows, but Can It Beat Rival Phones?  —  In the lucrative and competitive world of smartphones, Apple's iPhone is the most popular device and Google's Android—used by phone makers like Samsung and Motorola—is the most widely used operating system.
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.
More: GigaOM and iPhone in Canada BlogTweets: @gruber
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
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 …
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
How Apple and Google help police bypass iPhone, Android lock screens  —  Internal police documents reveal the legal processes that law enforcement agencies use to require Apple and Google to bypass the lock screens on seized mobile phones.  —  Training materials prepared …
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.
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 …
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
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.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Prismatic Hopes to Create a New Category of Social News  —  For many, Twitter and other social sites have become a central repository for news.  Online, people follow mainstream news outlets, journalists, bloggers, friends and family, who all individually stand on their digital soapboxes …
Tweets: @alexia and @semil
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
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) …
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 …
Erin Griffith / PandoDaily:
Nitro Raises $3.5 Million to Take On Adobe Acrobat  —  In 2005, Nitro PDF set out to make documents smarter, launching an Adobe Acrobat alternative that's free and simplified.  The idea was to use intuitive features, a freemium model, and a paradoxically badass name to do documents better than the reigning prince of PDFs.
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 …
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: Friending Facebook BlogTweets: @eldon
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
So What Exactly Can Location Aggregators Do With Our Foursquare Data?  —  You might have heard about the Girls Around Me scandal this weekend, where an app got taken down that correlated Foursquare check-ins with Facebook profiles to show nearby women on a map.
John Cook / GeekWire:
BigDoor closes $5M, touts new ‘gamified rewards program’  —  BigDoor execs Keith Smith, Matt Shobe and Jeff Malek at the company's offices in the South Lake Union neighborhood  —  There's so much content clutter on the Web these days that it can be tough for online publishers to keep …
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 …

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
FansChoice.tv and Ooyala choose Microsoft to help them deliver content to anyone, on any device  —  On Monday at the 2014 NAB Show exhibition, Microsoft is showing the latest technology innovations for the broadcast media industry.
Atlassian:
5 Steps to launching a thriving Q&A Community  —  Imagine having a self-governing community of engaged employees answering each others' questions, solving problems, and sharing new ideas!
Zoho Blogs:
Zoho CRM - Discontinuing Integration with LinkedIn  —  Back in 2011, to help our customers focus more on selling and less CRMing, we started offering integration with LinkedIn along with various other important features.
Silicon Valley Bank:
Strengthening the U.S. Innovation Economy by Ending Abusive Patent Litigation  —  In Silicon Valley Bank's Innovation Economy Outlook 2014 survey, we asked executives what they see in today's patent system …
 

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