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April 12, 2012, 10:05 AM

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Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Nest Fires Back in Honeywell Suit, Brings Apple Chief Legal Counsel on Board  —  The fight over a thermostat just heated up.  —  Palo Alto, Calif.-based Nest, maker of a “smart” thermostat and target of a patent-infringement lawsuit filed by industrial giant Honeywell, has submitted a formal response to Honeywell's claims.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
The Pebble is a slick e-paper smartwatch that connects to iPhone or Android  —  I've wanted a slick, minimal smartwatch that connects to my iPhone for years.  There have been plenty of attempts at this, especially recently, but the Pebble project on Kickstarter is the first one that I would actually love to see on my wrist.
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.
Sarah Mitroff / VentureBeat:
Patch Editor-in-Chief leaving AOL  —  Patch editor-in-chief Brian Farnham announced today he is leaving the network of hyper-local news and its parent-company AOL.  The news was revealed in an all-company call and Farnham let it all hang out on the Patch Blog.
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
Tablets a TV friend: 85 percent of tablet owners use the device while watching shows  —  The tablet's ability to deliver content has been considered a threat to PC and cable companies, but new data shows 85 percent of people using their tablets while watching the television, according to a report by Forrester.
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.
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 …
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel announces Centerton micro server platform for energy-efficient data centers  —  Intel announced today that it will create a low-cost, low-power “micro-server” platform dubbed Centerton, aimed to deliver energy-efficient computing.  —  The move is a reaction to Advanced Micro Device's acquisition …

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