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April 6, 2012, 9:10 AM

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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 …
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 …
New York Times:
To Fill Out Its App Store, Microsoft Wields Its Checkbook  —  Nowadays, cellphones are all about apps.  And Microsoft is so determined to have lots of brand-name apps for its Windows Phone app store that it's willing to pay for them.  —  All an app developer has to do is sign on the dotted line.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Pinterest now the third most popular social network after Facebook & Twitter  —  As if there was ever any doubt that the “pin” is winning, a new report from Experian says Pinterest is now the third most popular social network in the U.S. behind Facebook and Twitter.
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.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
More on the Google Project Glass including the first spotting on Sergey Brin  —  .  —  Besides the Scobelizer spotting of the Google Glass on co-founder Sergey Brin above, we're hearing some additional information about the project.  First of all, the brand was changed from 'Project Wingfront …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple interested in wireless power to charge devices on store shelves  —  Apple has shown interest in wirelessly powering and charging its portable devices, allowing products like the iPhone and iPad to be powered up while sealed in packaging and on display at a retail store.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Jobs's Biographer to Page: What Part of “I'm Going to Destroy Android” Didn't You Understand?  —  Google CEO Larry Page's revisionist approach to Steve Jobs's infamous ire over the company's Android operating system isn't sitting well with the late Apple CEO's biographer, Walter Isaacson.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Exclusive: a behind-the-scenes look at Facebook release engineering  —  Facebook is headquartered in Menlo Park, California at a site that used belong to Sun Microsystems.  A large sign with Facebook's distinctive “like” symbol—a hand making the thumbs-up gesture—marks the entrance.
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.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Android App To Improve Its Indoor Location Accuracy  —  Google Maps, Bing Maps and a number of startups have been offering indoor maps for large venues like airports, malls and stadiums for quite a while.  The problem with indoor mapping, though, is that it's pretty hard …
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 …
Gina Smith / Computerworld:
Why tech vendors fund patent ‘trolls’  —  Experts say it's about protection from lawsuits and access to a large pool of patents  —  Major technology vendors are financing the activities of so-called patent trolls, according to experts, court documents and patent and other legal filings, a Computerworld investigation has found.
DealBook:
Wall Street Examines Fine Print in a Bill for Start-Ups  —  Wall Street is examining whether it will benefit from a little-known section of a broad new law that President Obama is expected to sign on Thursday.  —  Provisions tucked into the so-called JOBS Act, or the Jumpstart Our Business Startups …

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