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April 12, 2012, 1:15 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.
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.
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.
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
New Livestream Broadcaster Will Let You Stream From Almost Any Camera  —  Livestream, the premium live video streaming service, is announcing an interesting new product today: a $495 hardware encoder that can be connected to virtually any camera and that can stream HD video directly …
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.
More: CNET
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.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Sprint's LG Viper 4G LTE launches April 22nd for just $99.99  —  Sprint announced last week that pre-orders for one of its first 4G LTE-enabled smartphones were going live on April 12th, and now the carrier has made launch details official.  LG's affordable Viper 4G LTE will become available …
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Samsung's $249 Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 To Make U.S. Debut On April 22, We Go Hands-On  —  Samsung teased the masses this past February when they revealed that one of their first Ice Cream Sandwich-powered tablets would be the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, a decidedly mid-range device that seemed lacking in the style department.
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.
More: PhoneArena
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 …
Steven Musil / CNET:
Android gives ‘no permissions’ apps access to sensitive info  —  Thanks in large part to Android's history of lax app policing, Google's mobile operating system has been criticized as insecure.  —  But now it appears that apps with no permissions pose a new threat, gaining access …
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.
Royal Pingdom:
WordPress completely dominates top 100 blogs  —  WordPress is no doubt a very popular web publishing platform for blogs and other types of websites.  But just how popular is it?  —  We just completed a study and found that WordPress is in use by 48% of the top 100 blogs in the world.
More: CNET and Joe. My. God.
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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