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April 11, 2012, 6:20 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 …
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 …
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 …
Mohamed Mansour / Google+:
Thank you Google for breaking all my apps and extensions without warning!  —  Why is Google trying to be so evil to the developer community?  Change is good, but you know what is even better?  Relationship with your third party developer community who technically spend hundreds of hours building on top of this platform for free.
Leslie Horn / Gizmodo:
Not Shocking: Google Could Already Be Eyeing a Motorola Hardware Sale  —  Google could be on the brink of confirming suspicions that it only bought Motorola for its 17,000 patents.  The $12.5 billion acquisition is barely official—Justice Department approval came in February …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
Is AT&T's sales force prepared to sell the Nokia Lumia 900?  —  AT&T stores in Manhattan promoted the release of the new Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone, but some sales associates were not prepared to recommend it to customers.  —  (Credit: CNET/Marguerite Reardon)
Andrew Rassweiler / Market Intelligence:
Nokia Lumia 900 Carries Bill of Materials of $209  —  Nokia's new Lumia 900 smartphone features a cost-reduced design that reveals close cooperation between the handset brand, Microsoft Corp., and semiconductor supplier Qualcomm Inc. This cooperation mimics Apple Inc.'s holistic approach to hardware and software development.
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:
Condé Nast Goes Shopping, Spends $14 Million on ZipList  —  Condé Nast hasn't gone shopping for digital assets for several years.  But that's changing now: The magazine publisher has just picked up ZipList, a shopping list/recipe planner.  —  Condé wouldn't disclose …
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 …
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.
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
This Internet provider pledges to put your privacy first.  Always.  —  Nick Merrill, who challenged a demand from the FBI for user data, wants to create the world's first Internet provider designed to be surveillance-resistant.  —  (Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)
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 …
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 …

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