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April 12, 2012, 4:25 PM

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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft roadmap leaks for Office 15, IE 10 and more key products  —  Summary: Screen shots of a Microsoft product roadmap for partners have leaked to the Web.  Here are the key take-aways.  —  Microsoft has provided some of its partners with a roadmap for next versions of many of its key products …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
GOOGLE COFOUNDERS: Here's Why We Just Announced A Stock Split  —  Here's a letter from the company founders:  —  Introduction  —  Throughout our evolution, from privately held start-up to large, publicly listed company, we have managed Google for the long term—enjoying tremendous success as a result …
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)
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Nest officially answers patent lawsuit: ‘Honeywell is worse than a troll’  —  Upstart smart thermostat maker Nest has received almost-universally glowing praise for its Learning Thermostat since it launched last year — and it also received a major patent complaint from Honeywell …
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.
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.
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.
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
The Instagram Deal: A Mark Zuckerberg Production  —  Mark Zuckerberg, the 27-year-old chief executive and co-founder of Facebook, does not usually play the role of deal maker.  —  But the social network's $1 billion purchase of Instagram, the popular photo-sharing service, was a Mark Zuckerberg production.
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Sony SmartWatch launches, delivers ‘Android power’ to wrist  —  Sony's SmartWatch works with Android smartphones.  —  (Credit: Sony)  —  Have you ever wanted a watch that can communicate with your Android phone?  Sony sure hopes so.  —  Sony today launched its SmartWatch …
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 …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals New Whiz-Bang No-Code Content Authoring Tool  —  On April 12, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new electronic content authoring tool in the works that's configured to optimize authored content for one or more intended devices.
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.
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Stores Go Online to Find a Perfect Fit  —  When Andy Dunn helped start Bonobos five years ago, he wanted to shake up the retail industry with a men's wear brand exclusively sold online.  —  Now, Mr. Dunn, 33, and Brian Spaly, his business partner, are embracing the brick-and-mortar model …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple prompting users for security questions to bolster Apple ID security  —  Apple has begun to ask iOS device owners for the answers to security questions as part of an effort to beef up Apple ID security. iPhone users began widely reporting the change on Thursday, though …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Hotfile's Most Downloaded Files Are Open Source Software  —  Last year the MPAA started a lawsuit against Hotfile, one of the Internet's most popular cyberlocker services.  —  The movie studios claim the file-hoster is promoting “massive digital theft” and want it to be shut down, an accusation Hotfile fiercely rejects.

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