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April 4, 2012, 12:55 PM

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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).
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Read Yahoo CEO's Letter to Employees About Layoffs … Yahoo today confirmed this morning it plans to cut 2,000 jobs, or 14% of its 14,000 work force.  —  Here's CEO Scott Thompson's letter to employees:  —  Yahoos -  —  Today we are restructuring Yahoo! to give ourselves the opportunity to compete and win in our core business.
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.
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Google's Page: Apple's Android Pique ‘For Show’  —  Excerpts:  —  When you took over as CEO, one of your goals was to take the clear accountability and decision-making of a division like Android and move that out to the rest of the company.  How have you done?  —  I think we have done really well.
Steven Levy / Wired:
Larry Page's First Year As Google CEO: Impatience is a Virtue  —  In January 2011, only hours before I had to send back the proofs for In the Plex, the news came out that Larry Page would be taking the helm of the company as the CEO.  The transition would occur on April 4 of that year.
More: AllThingsDThanks:@steverubel
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Google Begins Testing Its Augmented Reality Glasses  —  If you venture into a coffee shop in the coming months and see someone with a pair of futuristic glasses that look like a prop from “Star Trek,” don't worry.  It's most likely just a Google employee testing the company's new augmented reality glasses.
Gareth Morgan / V3.co.uk:
Swedish researchers uncover key to China's Tor-blocking system  —  Swedish researchers have discovered that Chinese officials have updated the country's ‘Great Firewall’ to make it harder for citizens to use the Tor network that provides a means of surfing the web anonymously.
More: The Verge
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.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Paramount, Google Link Up For Movie Rentals, Despite YouTube Lawsuit  —  Viacom and Google are locked in a copyright lawsuit that is nearly five years old.  But that doesn't mean the companies can't do business together.  —  This morning, for example, Google's YouTube is announcing a deal …
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.
More: BGR, CNET, Bloomberg and The Wrap
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Instagram for Android hits 1m downloads in under 24 hours  —  Instagram's Android launch has been a successful one, with the company hitting the 1 million downloads mark in less than 24 hours since it became available on the Google Play marketplace.  —  It app had been a long time coming.
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Dropbox doubles referral rewards, offers up to 32GB for those dripping in charisma  —  That whole ‘refer a friend’ thing must be working.  Or maybe it isn't.  Either way, Dropbox has felt the need to double the extra capacity you get as a reward for persuading your buddies that cloud storage really is 153x better than a USB stick.
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:
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Flickr adopts Bezos-backed Aviary for photo editing, replacing Google's Picnik  —  The Aviary photo editor as it will appear in Flickr.  —  Flickr today is announcing a partnership with startup Aviary to roll out a new photo-editing experience for Flickr users starting later this week.
Therese Poletti / MarketWatch:
Can new CEOs fix H-P, RIM and Yahoo?  —  Commentary: H-P has best hopes, future grimmer for RIM and Yahoo … SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Over the last few weeks, new chiefs at three once pioneering tech companies — Hewlett-Packard Co., Research In Motion Ltd., and Yahoo Inc. …
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.
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 …

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