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April 6, 2012, 4:05 PM

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The Verge:
First Google tablet now expected in July due to price cutting effort  —  Google's first foray into the tablet market with a co-branded Android device won't be with us until July at the earliest.  The current design was ready to go for May, but Google pushed back the planned release …
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.
Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Microsoft subsidizes developers up to $600,000 per Windows Phone app  —  How desperate is Microsoft to get developers to write apps for Windows Phone?  The company is willing to subsidize them up to $600,000 per app.  —  With an estimated 70,000 apps available for Windows Phone …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Security hole in Facebook iOS app doesn't require jailbreak or theft, and Dropbox has it too [Updated]  —  Earlier today, security researcher Gareth Wright revealed the discovery of a security hole in the Facebook app for mobile devices running Android and iOS.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
AT&T Will Unlock Off-Contract iPhones Starting Sunday, April 8  —  AT&T has announced it will begin unlocking customers' iPhones once their 2-year contracts have expired.  The move will free up the currently-locked devices to use a micro-SIM from any carrier offering a network compatible with the device.
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., based on number of visits, surpassed only by Facebook and Twitter.
Brad Dwyer / Hatchlings Blog:
Don't Be Evil: How Google Screwed a Startup  —  After trying to go through the “proper channels” for almost a year now it's time to share this story of how Google screwed over our startup with the world. … In a nutshell: Google bid on, displayed, and then failed to pay for over $40,000 of advertising space on Hatchlings.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Aileen Lee Lauches Kleiner-Backed Seed Fund  —  Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Aileen Lee is founding a new seed fund — still unnamed — that is focused on backing and helping develop early-stage start-ups.  —  Lee, who has been at the famed Silicon Valley venture firm for a dozen years …
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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.
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Profit Declines 70% After ‘Dropping the Ball’ on Phones  —  HTC Corp. (2498), Asia's second-largest smartphone maker, posted its biggest drop in profit since listing a decade ago after sales declined amid competition from Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co.
Andrew S. Ross / San Francisco Chronicle:
Airbnb's argument against tax doesn't fly  —  Special pleading is “a form of spurious argumentation,” Wikipedia explains, by “someone attempting to cite something as an exemption to a generally accepted rule, principle, etc.”  —  For example, San Francisco's Airbnb, the online …
Ryan Block / gdgt:
With the Lumia 900, a Windows Phone is finally worthy of gdgt recommendation.  Here's why.  —  We've been debating for months: at what point will there be a gdgt recommended Windows Phone?  Well, today we finally have an answer to that question: the Lumia 900 is a worthy competitor …
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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 …
Jorg Ruis / The Next Web:
We got hacked for SEO, as did other major technology sites  —  Last week we discovered that the owner of SEOnix.org hacked in to our backend and threw himself a sweet SEO party.  The only invitee was obviously his own website, but he still managed to have a good time all alone.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Yahoo's Chief Product Officer Blake Irving Resigns  —  According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo's Chief Product Officer Blake Irving has turned in his resignation and it has been accepted by the company.  —  The process for Irving's departure is a bit more formal since …

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