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April 5, 2012, 1:50 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple investigating new iPad WiFi issues, tells AppleCare to replace affected units  —  According to an internal AppleCare document, Apple is actively investigating a series of WiFi-related issues affecting the third-generation iPad.  Since the new iPad's launch, many users have been complaining …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Apple has a 7.85-inch iPad prototype in its labs, according to John Gruber  —  Apple has been working on a smaller version of the iPad in its Cupertino labs, according to Daring Fireball's John Gruber.  On an episode of The Talk Show podcast, Gruber said that he's heard details …
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Just how big are porn sites?  —  It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a person in possession of a fast internet connection must be in want of some porn.  —  While it's difficult domain to penetrate — hard numbers are few and far between — we know for a fact that porn sites …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
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 …
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Facebook e-commerce: the next big thing?  —  (Reuters) - A group of e-commerce start-ups, backed by some of the tech world's most pedigreed financiers, are betting that Facebook Inc can become an e-commerce powerhouse to rival Amazon.com Inc and eBay Inc.  —  As the world's largest social …
Jon Bruner / Forbes:
Tim O'Reilly on the Future of Location: “The Guy with the Most Data Wins”  —  O'Reilly Media founder and Silicon Valley oracle Tim O'Reilly was kind enough to chat with me on camera at O'Reilly Where, his company's conference on “the business of location.”  We talked about the history …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
16M Users Strong, TwitchTV Takes Live-Streamed Gaming Portal Mobile With iPad And Android Apps  —  TwitchTV, a live-streamed video game portal and community for gamers that was spawned last June from live video platform Justin.tv, has been booming in terms of growth and revenue.
More: VentureBeat and GigaOM
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Dell buys Make Technologies: Three acquisitions in four days  —  Summary: Dell is making a big bet that companies are going to have to modernize legacy applications, re-host them and make them cloud friendly.  —  Dell is shopping like a teenager just handed a credit card.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Huffington Gains More Control in AOL Revamping  —  One year after its acquisition by AOL, The Huffington Post has become a source of growth for the beleaguered company, which is still trying to shed its dial-up Internet image.  Now, in what Arianna Huffington characterizes as a move to keep …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Two Years and $33 Million Later, Start-Up Investor Lerer Ventures Starts Building Its Own Companies  —  A couple of years ago, Ken Lerer and his son Ben put together an investment fund that concentrates on early-stage start-ups.  Which means they were doing the same thing that lots of other well-off …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Yandex debuts cloud storage service ahead of Google Drive's arrival, offers 10GB  —  It should come as no surprise that Yandex, the dominant search engine in Russia, is closely watching Google to try and stay one step ahead of the global search giant.  —  The company really only needs to own …
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
Hipmunk adds calendar-sync to mobile, but will app updates help the bottom line?  —  Travel search company Hipmunk launched a new feature today, allowing people to sync their calendars with Hipmunk's iOS and Android applications.  But will these new features help the company make money?
Lance Whitney / CNET:
More people using TV and tablets at same time  —  Do you check e-mail while you watch TV?  If so, you're far from alone.  —  Nielsen's fourth-quarter poll of mobile users in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Italy discovered that people are increasingly checking e-mail or searching for program …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Google: No more e-books for indie booksellers  —  Google is ending the program that allows independent booksellers to sell Google e-books through their websites.  It is a big blow for small bookstores seeking to compete against Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  —  The full letter that the American …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Twitter Nabs Googler Gabriel Stricker As Comms VP  —  Back in November, we reported that Sean Garrett, Twitter's Head of Comms, would be stepping down from his post.  As he tweeted at the time, for the first time in his career, he would be taking more than a two week break between jobs.
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.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Gmail for Android update brings swipe gestures and custom notifications to Honeycomb  —  Google just pushed out an update to the Gmail Android app that Honeycomb tablet users will likely want to download.  As Google puts it, this update brings the Android 4.0 experience to Honeycomb users …

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