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April 11, 2012, 12:00 PM

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Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
U.S. Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple, Hachette  —  The U.S. filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple Corp., Hachette SA, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster in New York district court, claiming collusion over eBook pricing.  Apple and Macmillan …
Bloomberg:
U.S. Said to Reach Accord With 3 Publishers on eBooks  —  CBS Corp. (CBS)'s Simon & Schuster, Lagardère SCA's Hachette Book Group and News Corp. (NWSA)'s HarperCollins have agreed to settle allegations that they conspired with Apple Inc. to set prices of digital books, two people familiar with the matter said.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google+ Gets A Big Refresh With New Navigation, A Redesigned Stream, A Dedicated Hangouts Page & More  —  Google this morning is announcing a new look for its social network, Google+, which introduces a revamped navigation, with drag-and-drop elements and actions that appear when you hover over each item …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Nokia Confirms Lumia 900 Software Glitch, Offers Fix and $100 Credit  —  Nokia said late Tuesday that it has identified a problem that has left some early Lumia 900 customers unable to connect to the Internet.  —  Nokia U.S. chief Chris Weber told AllThingsD that the problem …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Nokia says smartphone financials will disappoint even as it sells two million Lumia phones in Q1  —  Ahead of its Q1 2012 earnings results, Nokia has lowered its first quarter 2012 financial outlook — the company expects its operating margin will be approximately negative three percent …
Wall Street Journal:
Google's $12 Billion Toy  —  Here's a business riddle: Divine Google Inc.'s intentions for its largest-ever acquisition, the $12.5 billion purchase of the once-great, now-faltering Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc.  —  Motorola represents one of the thorniest strategic and operational challenges in Google's 14-year history.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Spotify Moves Beyond Facebook With a “Play Button” For the Rest of the Web  —  If you're on Facebook, then you've almost certainly seen Spotify, which is why the music service has been able to pick up some 3 million users since it launched in the U.S. last summer.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
MPAA: you can infringe copyright just by embedding a video  —  The Motion Picture Association of America is squaring off against a coalition of Internet giants and public interest groups over the key question of whether it's possible to directly infringe copyright by embedding an image or video hosted by a third party.
Jessica Roy / Betabeat:
Introducing The Listserve, a Giant List Only One Person Can Email Per Day  —  It's the sad truth of the Internet: you can tweet and blog your sweet little heart out, but there's no guarantee that anyone is actually listening.  But what if there was a platform that gave you the chance …
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Lynn La / CNET:
The man behind your phone's fonts  —  The first part of our series about mobile phone fonts sits down with Steve Matteson, the typeface designer for Droid, Windows Phone, and countless other UIs.  —  Follow @lynnlaaa  —  Steve Matteson holds up one of his more well-known fonts, the Droid Serif.
More: Gizmodo
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Silicon Valley, London, NYC: Startup Genome Data Reveals How The World's Top Tech Hubs Stack Up  —  Last year, we covered an ambitious collaborative R&D project called “Startup Genome,” created by three young entrepreneurs, Bjoern Herrmann, Max Marmer, and Ertan Dogrultan.
More: VentureBeatThanks:@bjoernlasse
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
IBM dives into converged hardware with PureSystems  —  Whatever you do, don't compare IBM's new PureSystems to Oracle's Exadata or Cisco's Unified Compute System.  —  IBM spent three years and $2 billion to develop these systems, said Rod Adkins, SVP of the company's Server and Technologies Group.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
What Facebook backlash?  Instagram becomes #1 free app on the App Store for the first time ever  —  I guess all of the hue and cry about quitting Instagram over its acquisition by Facebook turned out to be a bunch of hot air, because it hasn't stopped people from downloading the app.
Mitchell S. / Inside BlackBerry:
Be More Social with Updated BBM Connected Apps: Facebook, Twitter and More!  —  Get ready, #TeamBlackBerry!  Some of your favorite apps are about to become BBM™ connected and join the list of the over 800 BBM connected applications available on the BlackBerry App World™ storefront.
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Tumblr updates Android app with a radical new look  —  Hot blog-baker Tumblr has cooked up a zany and colorful update to its Android application.  —  Five-year-old, New York-based Tumblr is the go-to blogging platform for the young and hip.  The company now powers more than 51 million blog sites …
Wolfram:
To Compute or Not to Compute—Wolfram|Alpha Analyzes Shakespeare's Plays  —  For hundreds of years, scholars have carefully studied the plays of Shakespeare, breaking down the language and carefully dissecting every act and scene.  We thought it would be interesting to see what sorts …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Nokia Lumia 610 NFC becomes official with Orange, will launch with Visa and Mastercard NFC support in Q3  —  After it jumped the gun and unwittingly unveiled its new Lumia 610 NFC smartphone ahead of its official Monaco launch at 1pm GMT, Nokia has made its new Windows Phone handset official …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
“New” Roku HD Lands On Retail Shelves  —  “New” Roku HD Lands On Retail Shelves originally appeared on Zatz Not Funny!  —  Just last month we reported that a new “Roku HD” SKU had hit the FCC, and today I found it nestled amongst the Roku 2 XD and XS models.
More: The Verge
Ruth Sutherland / Daily Mail:
Apple ‘made £6bn’ in UK... but paid only £10m in tax  —  Apple paid a paltry £10million in UK corporation tax in the last financial year, despite earning an estimated £6billion in the country over the period.  —  It is the latest technology firm to be accused of avoiding UK tax, following Amazon and Google.
More: CNET and AppleInsider
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
The 4 inch iPhone 5  —  In the past year of so the smartphone landscape has seen a trend of screen size increasing from around 3.2/3.5 inches to 4.3, 4.65 and as high as 5.3 inches in the case of the Samsung Galaxy Note.  The iPhone screen however, has remained at 3.5 inches since its debut in 2007.
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
SAP reveals database, mobile roadmaps through 2015  —  Summary: SAP unveiled its immediate and long-term plans for HANA and Sybase, demonstrating how the business management software provider aims to become a leading database vendor.  —  SAN FRANCISCO - SAP has outlined some bold new database …
More: Bloomberg and GigaOM

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