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April 4, 2012, 9:40 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.
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).
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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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 …
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 …
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Can Apple give police a key to your encrypted iPhone data?  Ars investigates  —  Does Apple have a backdoor that it can use to help law enforcement bypass your iPhone's passcode?  That question became front and center this week when training materials (PDF) for the California District …
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