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April 12, 2012, 2:15 PM

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Greg Sandoval / CNET:
DOJ is likely to lose e-book antitrust suit targeting Apple  —  Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday said the lawsuit against Apple was necessary to protect Americans from “anticompetitive harm.”  What he didn't say is that it's likely to fail.  —  (Credit: CBS News)
Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
Expanding the Cloud - Introducing Amazon CloudSearch  —  Today Amazon Web Services is introducing Amazon CloudSearch, a new web service that brings the power of the Amazon.com's search technology to every developer.  Amazon CloudSearch provides a fully-featured search engine that is easy to manage and scale.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
How Samsung beat Nokia … via Nokia lowers Devices & Services first quarter 2012 outlook and provides second quarter 2012 outlook » Nokia - Press.  —  We don't have the total number of Samsung shipments, however estimates exist.  They range between 41 and 44 million smartphones and 44 and 47 million feature phones.
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
If Google's Really Proud Of Google+, It Should Share Some Real User Figures  —  Google+ now has 170 million users.  Well, 170 million who have “upgraded” to Google+, whatever that means.  It's the latest in crazy numbers from Google.  The people who actually do use Google+ as a social network deserve better than this PR spin.
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Brooke Crothers / CNET:
First Intel Ivy Bridge launch expected on April 23  —  The first wave of Ivy Bridge systems from PC vendors should include quad-core mobile laptops like the HP Envy 15.  —  (Credit: Hewlett-Packard)  —  The first of a series of Ivy Bridge chip announcements is expected on April 23, CNET has learned.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Tracking everything, Placeme is the smartphone assistant of the future  —  Placeme for iOS and Android may be both the scariest and amazingly futuristic smartphone app I've seen yet.  The free software uses every sensor in your handset to track your activities, location and environment.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
US Govt. Objects To Megaupload Hiring Top Law Firm  —  Following the raids on Megaupload in January, tens of millions of dollars in assets and funds belonging to the company were seized.  —  Initially a law firm called Sidley Austin LLP had been negotiating on Megaupload's behalf for the return …
Rob Schmitz / Marketplace:
VIDEO: Watch an iPad get made from the Foxconn factory floor  —  Marketplace Shanghai Bureau Chief Rob Schmitz is only the second reporter ever to gain access to visit the factory floor at Apple's Chinese producer Foxconn.  In this exclusive video, see highlights from his tour of the assembly line …
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Kindle Touch 5.1.0 update adds international language support, landscape mode, and more  —  The Kindle Touch will be available for purchase in several European countries starting April 27th, and Amazon has rolled out a software update in support of the expansion that includes some notable features in its own right.
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Sony aims to become ‘One’, will fire 10,000 workers and spend $926m on restructuring  —  Struggling Japanese electronics giant Sony's new management team has laid out its plans to reinvigorate the company's businesses and look for growth in other and new markets.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google Earnings Preview: Sell More, Charge Less, Be Happy  —  You want to hear Larry Page and company talk about Android and Google+ and YouTube and maybe even Google Goggles this afternoon?  Me, too.  —  But if last quarter's earnings call is a guide, we'll end up hearing a lot about CPC …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Facebook now lets you download more of your data, including previous names, friend requests and IP addresses  —  Coming under fire over its access to private information and its advertising services, Facebook today announced that it has expanded the breadth of its ‘Download Your Information’ tool …
Ben Rooney / Digits:
Deadline Looms For New Internet Domain System  —  If you want to own your own top-level domain you have about 24 hours to submit your application (along with the $180,000 fee) because once the April 12 deadline passes, that is it for the foreseeable future.
David Teicher / AdAge:
Tumblr Tests New Tools for Users and Brands  —  Can the Company Be a Business Without Traditional Advertising?  Founder David Karp Explains  —  This may be Instagram's week, but it has been Tumblr's year.  On Wednesday, the social platform announced a partnership with Spotify.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
With CS6, Adobe tidies up Premiere Pro, speeds up After Effects  —  Premiere Pro CS6 strips away much of the widgetry that cluttered its predecessor's user interface.  (Click to enlarge.)  —  (Credit: Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET)  —  Quick access to software features is nice, but there can be too much of a good thing.
Mina Radhakrishnan / Uber Blog:
Uber Mobile Requests for BlackBerry and beyond!  —  No iPhone?  No Android?  No worries.  —  We're excited to announce that our latest product, m.uber.com has been built with love and care for BlackBerry, Windows Phone and beyond!  We want to make the Uber experience available to everyone, regardless of phone or carrier.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
False Start's sad demise: Google abandons noble attempt to make SSL less painful  —  Google is abandoning an SSL tweak that significantly reduces the time it takes websites to establish encrypted connections with end-user browsers because the experimental technique was causing problems with too many HTTPS servers.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Farewell, App Store?  Netizine Turns Magazines Into Social Networks, Runs On HTML5  —  As e-book publishers and Apple face an antitrust lawsuit over pricing, magazine publishers are now looking into an alternative solution to the digital pricing dilemma: being able to extricate themselves from Apple's grip entirely.
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Walkie Talkie App Voxer Goes Big, IVP And Intel Lead $30 Million Round  —  Voxer, a walkie talkie mobile app that lets you talk to friends across iPhones and Androids, looked like an overnight success last November when it soared to its current place as a top social networking app in the app stores.

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