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April 6, 2012, 2:55 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.
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.
Jeff Barr / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Amazon S3 - 905 Billion Objects and 650,000 Requests/Second  —  At the end of the first quarter of 2012, there were 905 billion objects in Amazon S3.  We routinely handle 650,000 requests per second for those objects with occasional peaks substantially above that number.  Here is the latest chart:
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.
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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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
More on the Google Project Glass including the first spotting on Sergey Brin  —  .  —  Besides the Scobelizer spotting Google Glasses on co-founder Sergey Brin (above), we are hearing some additional information about the project.  First, the brand was changed from “Project Wingfront,” …
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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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.

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