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April 12, 2012, 3:35 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)
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
The Echo Nest supercharges its music platform with data from JamBase, SongMeanings  —  The Echo Nest is adding lyrics data and concert/tour information to its music intelligence platform, courtesy of new partnerships announced today with lyric-deciphering community SongMeanings and concert schedule aggregation site JamBase.
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.
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 …
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.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
A Boeing phone: Aerospace giant making Android device  —  Boeing is jumping into the smartphone business, developing a new mobile device - but we probably won't be buying this one at our local wireless store.  —  The company is working on a secure communications device for the U.S. government defense …
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.
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 …

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