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April 4, 2012, 4:45 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).
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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Broad Rollout of iPhone to Small U.S. Carriers Coming on April 20  —  Earlier today, we noted that nTelos Wireless, a CDMA carrier based in Waynesboro, Virginia, announced that it would begin carrying the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 on April 20.  Pricing for the device comes in at $50 below …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
More: TechFlash
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.
More: PadGadget and The Verge
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Draw Something hits mobile game record as it passes 50M downloads  —  Draw Something, the Pictionary-style app that Zynga acquired with its $180 million purchase of OMGPOP, has surpassed 50 million downloads.  —  In just 50 days, the title has become the fastest-growing original mobile game of all time.
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
After Eight Years, the Web 2.0 Conference Is Over  —  Before there was Disrupt or Launch or any of the other myriad of smaller social media confabs, there was Web 2.0.  —  It was the first conference that chronicled the second coming of the consumer Web.  It was a partnership between Tim O'Reilly …
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 …
Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
Creativity tools: The next wave of iOS apps?  —  When Snapguide debuted last week it received pretty good reviews in the press.  But more importantly, it got a “very warm response,” as founder Daniel Raffel put it, from new users.  He's barely been sleeping, staying up to answer a constant stream …
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 …

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