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April 4, 2012, 4:05 PM

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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 probably just a Google employee testing the company's new augmented-reality glasses.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Google glasses make sense as the “next” mobile device  —  Smartphones already have Google Goggles, an image recognition search app, but consumers may one day have “Google glasses”.  The search company publicly introduced Project Glass on Wednesday, a concept for wearable glasses that integrate directly with Google services.
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.
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).
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.
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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 …
Sam Anderson / New York Times:
Just One More Game ...  Angry Birds, Farmville and Other Hyperaddictive ‘Stupid Games’  —  In 1989, as communism was beginning to crumble across Eastern Europe, just a few months before protesters started pecking away at the Berlin Wall, the Japanese game-making giant Nintendo reached across …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Randi Zuckerberg and Ben Huh Bring Silicon Valley to Bravo TV  —  Cue up the righteous anger, Silicon Valley.  Here comes a clueless effort by a big dumb TV channel to portray you world-changers as a bunch of vapid schemers.  Even worse, it's from a cable TV channel …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
How Facebook's Winning The War Against Yahoo, Patent By Patent  —  Facebook has executed a masterful response to Yahoo's patent trolling that protects it legally but still makes it look like the victim.  Here I examine how for almost every patent Yahoo claims Facebook infringes upon …
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.
Tim Hoover / Denver Post:
Federal court tosses Colorado's Amazon tax  —  A federal court has thrown out a 2010 Colorado law meant to spur online retailers like Amazon to collect state sales tax.  —  The law had already been temporarily blocked in federal court last year, but U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn's ruling Friday permanently handcuffs it.
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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.
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Reed Hastings Will Get His HBO Go as Comcast Nears Deal on Xbox  —  Comcast and Time Warner are close to finalizing a deal to make the HBO Go app available on Xbox, according to several people familiar with the negotiations.  —  The app, which offers all of the pay cable channel's shows …
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.
Matt Smith / The Bay Citizen:
Airbnb Must Pay Hotel Tax in San Francisco  —  Airbnb and other online vacation rental brokers must pay San Francisco's 14 percent hotel tax, according to a rule published Tuesday by the city's tax collector in spite of efforts by Mayor Ed Lee to delay its implementation.
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 …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
New Swiftkey 3 removes the need for spacebar  —  Swiftkey has announced the launch of a new version of Swiftkey, the popular Android keyboard, that promises to make typing on the go even easier.  —  The crux of the new app, Swiftkey 3, now compensates for when you don't hit the space key …
Patrick Flanary / Rolling Stone:
Neil Young Trademarks New Audio Format  —  Rocker developing high-def alternative to MP3's  —  Neil Young performs in Los Angeles.  —  By  —  They might sound like great song titles, but “21st Century Record Player,” “Earth Storage” and “Thanks for Listening” aren't new Neil Young tunes.
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David Cohen / All Facebook:
Ceglia's Team Dismisses Facebook's Dismissal Request  —  The legal team for Paul Ceglia fired back at Facebook's request to dismiss an ongoing lawsuit claiming that their client owns one-half of the social network, stating, among other things, that the plaintiffs were not given comparable time for discovery.
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