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April 11, 2012, 1:40 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 …
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.
The United States Department of Justice:
Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the E-books Press Conference  —  Good afternoon.  Today I'm joined by Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division Sharis Pozen, and Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, to announce the Justice Department's latest progress …
More: IntoMobile and TUAW
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.
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Evernote and Pinterest just had a baby: Enter the new Springpad  —  Springpad has long been compared to Internet note-taking sensation Evernote, but starting today Springpad will likely be compared to another darling of the startup world, visually oriented social network Pinterest.
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:
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Lost Amongst Its 60 Million Travel Tips?  TripAdvisor Highlights Reviews By Friends Of Friends  —  Paralysis can set in quickly when you're faced with the infinitude of products and reviews on sprawling sites like Amazon or Yelp.  To help you find your way, TripAdvisor has just begun showing reviews …
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 …

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