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April 5, 2012, 7:20 AM

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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.
Pew Internet:
The rise of e-reading  —  21% of Americans have read an e-book.  The increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than in the past and to prefer buying books to borrowing them.  —  Summary of findings  —  One-fifth of American adults (21%) report that they have read …
Electronista:
Dropbox clamps down on users gaming HTC promo  —  Plans to retake snatched storage  —  Later this month, Dropbox plans on launching a promotion giving HTC phone owners with devices that include the HTC Sense 4.0 app 23GB of online storage free for two years.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple preparing overhaul of its online store  —  Apple has begun signaling to education shoppers that it plans to relaunch and overhaul its online store in the near future, making it easier to do business.  —  AppleInsider was alerted on Wednesday to the notice that can be found on the top …
Ross Miller / The Verge:
HTC Evo 4G LTE is Sprint's first handset with HD voice, pre-orders start May 7th for $199.99  —  The internals are not entirely dissimilar to the One X: a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor with 1GB RAM and 16GB ROM — not Tegra 3 since it lacks LTE support (not yet, at least).
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 …
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 …
More: TUAW
Ian Griffiths / Guardian:
Amazon: £7bn sales, no UK corporation tax  —  Online retailer's British operation owned by company in Luxembourg which receives all payments for books, DVDs and other goods  —  Amazon.co.uk, Britain's biggest online retailer, generated sales of more than £3.3bn in the country …
Tom Krazit / GigaOM:
Nine publishers ready to embrace Zite's mobile news app  —  Almost a year after Zite's news reader app for the iPad drew the ire of several publishers — not to mention a few angry letters — the company is making friends with its former antagonists.  Zite has now signed deals with eight publishers …
Emil Protalinski / Zero Day Blog:
Anonymous hacks hundreds of Chinese government sites  —  Summary: Anonymous has hacked hundreds of Chinese government websites.  Some sites were just defaced, but others have had administrator accounts, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses leaked.  —  The hacktivist group Anonymous now has a Chinese branch.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: HP Labs Head Prith Banerjee Leaving  —  Prith Banerjee, a Hewlett-Packard senior vice president — and for five years the head of its research and development organization, HP Labs — is leaving the company effective April 15, according to an internal company memo obtained by AllThingsD.
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Google to build its first thermal storage for a data center  —  Google has been more than creative when it comes to making its data centers more energy efficient and greener (seawater cooling and water recycling), and this week says it plans to implement a new energy efficient feature for a data center in Taiwan: thermal energy storage.
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.
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Intel revs up ultrabook campaign: A better MacBook?  —  With Intel's latest silicon due soon, the chipmaker is cranking up the marketing volume for ultrabooks, saying the skinny laptops usher in a “a new era of computing.”  —  The marketing campaign launched this week is the biggest in about a decade …
Lance Whitney / CNET:
IE10 in Windows 8: Can pinned Web sites truly replace Favorites?  —  (Credit: Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET)  —  Internet Explorer users accustomed to working with Favorites will find life a bit different in the new Windows 8 Metro version of the browser.
Tim Hoover / Denver Post:
Federal court tosses 2010 Colorado Amazon tax law  —  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: Examiner
Heidi Lemmetyinen / Nokia Conversations:
Nokia TV coming to Lumia smartphones in Finland  —  ESPOO, Finland - You may have seen some excitement online about a new TV service from Nokia for our Lumia smartphones.  —  We are very pleased to be able to confirm that Nokia TV, the latest Lumia entertainment offering from Nokia following Nokia Music …
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 …
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 …

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