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April 11, 2012, 3:15 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 …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Sues Apple, Publishers Over E-Book Pricing  —  NEW YORK—The U.S. filed an antitrust lawsuit Wednesday against Apple Inc. and five of the nation's largest publishers, alleging they conspired to limit competition for the pricing of e-books.  —  The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court …
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.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Macmillan CEO Sargent: Why we won't settle against DOJ  —  Macmillan is ready to fight the Department of Justice lawsuit against Apple and five big publishers, CEO John Sargent writes in an open letter to the publishing community today.  —  “Let me start by saying that Macmillan did not act illegally.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Now Lets You Trade In Your Old CDs In Exchange For Gift Cards  —  Online retailer Amazon is extending its Trade-In Program today to also cover CDs - you know, those round, shiny things collecting dust in the back of your closet?  Starting now, customers can send in their old CDs …
More: CNET, The Verge and WebProNewsThanks:@sarahintampa
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.
Mussie Shore / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Currents goes international  —  In December we launched Google Currents, an app for Android and iOS devices that lets you explore online magazines and other content with the swipe of a finger.  We're thrilled by how many readers and publishers are using the app in the U.S. …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Allows File Sharing With Rollout Of .Edu-Exclusive “Groups For Schools”  —  With today's rollout of college collaboration tool “Groups For Schools”, Facebook gets nostalgic for Zuck's Wirehog and lets students share un-copyrighted files up to 25mb.  Soon all US colleges and then those around …
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.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Verizon to intro $30 upgrade fee on April 22nd  —  Verizon Wireless on Wednesday confirmed that it will soon begin charging subscribers a $30 upgrade fee when they purchase new wireless equipment on contract.  Verizon is currently the only major carrier that does not charge customers a fee …
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.
Michael Kan / PC World:
Intel Working With 10 Vendors to Release Windows 8 Tablets by Year-end  —  Intel is working with 10 undisclosed Chinese and global vendors to design Windows 8 tablets using the company's chips, a senior company executive said Wednesday.  —  “You'll probably see many Intel-based tablets …
More: Inquirer
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Intel chip tests surface ahead of Apple, Windows laptops  —  HP Envy 17 uses Intel quad-core mobile processors.  —  (Credit: Hewlett-Packard)  —  New benchmarks point to decent performance jumps for upcoming Intel Ivy Bridge mobile processors.  That should translate pretty directly to faster Apple and Windows laptops.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
New Nook Simple Touch with ‘GlowLight’ front-lit screen revealed by store signage  —  We heard a few days ago that Amazon was readying a Kindle with a front-lit, E ink screen — now it appears that Barnes & Noble is ready to do the same thing with the Nook.  The Digital Reader has just posted …
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 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple working on iTunes 11 with iOS 6 support, improved iCloud integration  —  According to sources, Apple has recently begun internally seeding the next major release of the iTunes application for computers, iTunes 11.  Work on iTunes 11 began prior to the release of iTunes 10.6 …
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Now pinning: Vimeo videos on Pinterest  —  Today, the people of Pinterest have a new way to express themselves: through Vimeo videos.  —  The third most popular social network, known for its arts, crafts, and food-enthusiast members, has expanded the functionality of its popular “pin it” bookmarklet to support “pinning” Vimeo videos.

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