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April 5, 2012, 6:50 PM

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Larry Page / Google Investor Relations:
2012 Update from the CEO  —  Velocity, execution and focus Sergey and I founded Google because we believed that building a great search experience would improve people's lives and, hopefully, the world.  And in the decade-plus that's followed, we've been constantly delighted by the ways …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
By The Numbers: Larry Page's First Year as Google's CEO  —  Google has historically been paranoid about any numbers it publicly releases.  For many years even after it was publicly traded, the management triumvirate including Larry Page had to personally approve any numbers the company issued in public, a policy I believe still stands.
More: WebProNews
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Facebook Picks Nasdaq for I.P.O.  —  Facebook, which is preparing for its highly anticipated initial public offering, has picked a home.  —  The social network will list its shares on the Nasdaq under ticker symbol “FB,” according a person familiar with the matter, who demanded anonymity because the discussions were private.
Robert Hof / Forbes:
Will Facebook Distort the Nasdaq Just Like Apple Did?  —  Facebook is chugging toward its expected IPO as early as next month, as a New York Times report today said it will list as ticker symbol FB on the Nasdaq exchange.  Since the IPO may value the No. 1 social networking company …
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 …
Twitter Blog:
Shutting down spammers  —  Twitter continues to grow at a record pace — we now have 140 million active users and more than 340 million Tweets each day.  As our reach expands, we become a more attractive target for spammers.  While spam is a small fraction of the incredible content you can find on Twitter …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple's Highest Priority Is Obviousness  —  Good piece from Sebastiaan de With, riffing on my bit last week regarding the tension between simplicity and obviousness.  But I gently disagree with this: … Apple has started using gestures more widely, but they're not requiring them.
New York Post:
Spotify's subscriber growth disappoints  —  Spotify's US performance has been less than rocking, according to sources who say the digital music service has been under-delivering in terms of subscribers.  —  It has been nine months since Spotify debuted in the US and was hailed as a coming music revolution …
More: The Verge
Mike Krieger / Instagram Engineering:
Keeping Instagram up with over a million new users in twelve hours  —  On Tuesday we launched Instagram for Android, and it's had a fantastic response so far.  The last few weeks (on the infrastructure side) have been all about capacity planning and preparation to get everything in place …
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 …
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Samsung: We're still not into 3D smartphones  —  By now you may have already seen a handful of “leaks” on Samsung's imminent Galaxy S III, but if you ask us, they all smell like a cruel prank on anticipating fans.  As far as we're concerned, the only reliable tidbits so far are the GT-i9300 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Amid Worries About Strategery, Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson Tries to Soothe the Savaged Troops (Memo Time!)  —  Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson, who has developed a tough-talk reputation within Yahoo of late, went all sweet — well, less crabby, I guess — the day after the layoffs in which 2,000 employees were fired.
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 …
Rafe Needleman / CNET:
JOBS Act: 5 things to look forward to (and 5 to dread)  —  As Obama signs the JOBS Act into law, crowdfunding becomes legal and companies get more flexibility in going public.  Here's the good and the bad.  Today, President Obama passes the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Holds Out as E-Book Pricing Settlement Nears  —  Talks to resolve U.S. and European price-fixing probes into e-books are heating up, with three international publishers inclined to settle the matter, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Apple Inc., another target of the investigation …
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Google responds to EU privacy policy questions, pausing rollout would have ‘proved confusing’  —  The European Union's concerns over Google's new privacy policy have led to a France-led investigation into the changes, and now Google has responded to the first volley of questioning into the matter.
More: Reuters
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 …

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