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April 4, 2012, 5:45 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.
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Google's Page: Apple's Android Pique ‘For Show’  —  On April 3, Google (GOOG) co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Larry Page sat down with Bloomberg Businessweek to discuss his first year at the helm of the technology giant, his plans for the future, and the company's relationships with its competitors.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
New high score: How the NYT created its “stupid game”  —  When Jon Huang was younger he was the type of kid who spent his time making mods for Duke Nukem 3D.  So it makes a kind of sense he's now turned The New York Times into its own kind of shoot 'em up.  —  Huang was the multimedia producer behind …
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 …
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).
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 …
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 …
More: CNET
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Owen / Android Life:
Exclusive: Hands-on with the HTC EVO ONE  —  Is this the next EVO?  I would assume it is, unless there are some major changes and redesigns prior to its launch.  First things first; this phone is a beast.  It feels pretty big in hand, but it's not overwhelming.  It does have a 4.7 inch screen with a 720p resolution.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Eight Mobile Ad Companies Get Behind ODIN In A Quest To Replace The UDID  —  More than a half-dozen mobile ad companies are getting behind a working group called ODIN to find a new way of tracking and identifying iOS users that still respects their privacy.  This is happening because Apple …
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Yapp Is A Dead Simple Way To Make A Mobile App Without Writing A Line Of Code  —  Last month Yapp demoed at New York Tech Meetup.  —  Today it's announcing a round of financing led by Kleiner Perkins with participation from North Bridge Ventures Partners, Cue Ball, and angel investors.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Canada To Launch Its Own Version Of BitCoin Called MintChip  —  Last week, Canada's finance ministry announced the country would soon no longer be distributing the country's one-cent piece, effectively killing the penny.  Now, in yet another sign that money is transitioning away from physical currency …

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