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April 12, 2012, 10:40 PM

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Google:
Google Announces First Quarter 2012 Results and Proposal for New Class of Stock  —  Proposal Would Effectively Implement 2-for-1 Stock Split While Preserving Long-Term Governance Structure  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2012.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
GOOGLE COFOUNDERS: Here's Why We Just Announced A Stock Split  —  Google just announced plans to create “a new class of non-voting capital stock,” which is “effectively a stock split.”  This is the first stock split in Google's history, and cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin wrote a letter explaining their decision.
More: The Verge, Reuters and 9to5Google
Tweets: @markmilian and @pkafka
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Larry Page: Google+ Is “Social Spine” With 170M Users, “Healthy Growth” and “Impressive Engagement”  —  During its Q1 earnings call today, Google's CEO Larry Page called Google+ the company's “social spine.”  With about 120 Google+ integrations across Google's portfolio, Page said, Google+ is now what connects all of Google's products.
More: Forbes, Mercury News, GigaOM and 9to5GoogleTweets: @pkafka
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple Fires Back at the Feds, Amazon  —  Nearly two days after the Department of Justice filed antitrust charges against Apple and major book publishers, Apple is responding.  Here's comment from Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr: … Apple's response is similar to ones made by Penguin Group and MacMillan …
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)
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 …
Richard Sale / ISSSource:
Stuxnet Loaded by Iran Double Agents  —  By Richard Sale  —  The Stuxnet virus that damaged Iran's nuclear program was implanted by an Israeli proxy — an Iranian, who used a corrupt “memory stick.32,” former and serving U.S. intelligence officials said.  —  In the continuing battle …
Tim Carmody / Wired:
Prime: Amazon's New Research Lab  —  Amazon Prime has helped transform anonymous à la carte purchases at the biggest web retail outlet into a loyalty-driven multimedia member experience.  Prime members are Amazon's avant-garde, coming to everything a little bit earlier …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Releases Java Update to Remove Flashback Malware  —  Apple just released Java for OS X 2012-003, an update to the Java implementation in OS X. The update removes “the most common variants of the Flashback malware.”  Interestingly the update disables the automatic execution of Java applets …
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.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft forms new subsidiary for open source, standards  —  Jean Paoli, president of the new Microsoft Open Technologies Inc.  —  Microsoft is taking the unusual step of forming a new subsidiary that will work with open-source projects, open-standards groups and interoperability initiatives.
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 …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Everyme for iPhone review: what happens when you blend Path and Google+?  —  Everyme is a beautiful app, but it isn't at all original in the way it presents itself (besides its sea foam header).  The app is essentially a list of Circles, where each contains updates from the people inside that Circle.
Mark Pincus / Business Week:
How to Fail: Mark Pincus  —  I'm sometimes called a serial entrepreneur, but that's only because, before Zynga (ZNGA), I failed to create a sustainable company.  After starting two companies in the '90s, I had a social networking startup, Tribe.net, in 2003.
Stephen Marche / The Atlantic Online:
Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?  —  Social media—from Facebook to Twitter—have made us more densely networked than ever.  Yet for all this connectivity, new research suggests that we have never been lonelier (or more narcissistic)—and that this loneliness is making us mentally and physically ill …
Anderson Antunes / Forbes:
New Address Of Foxconn In Brazil: Steve Jobs Avenue  —  As someone who truly walked the path, Steve Jobs would be pleased to know that his name is being honoured through an avenue that was named after him in the city of Jundiaí, southeast Brazil.  The ‘Steve Jobs Avenue’ (Avenida Steve Jobs …
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 …
Jeremy C. Owens / Mercury News:
Hewlett-Packard has best day on Wall Street in more than three years  —  Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) had its best day on Wall Street in more than three years Thursday, after reports showed that the Palo Alto tech giant's core personal-computer business increased its market share as global shipments grew.
Electronista:
Intel: super-dense notebook, desktop displays common by 2013  —  Intel braces for very high resolution computers  —  Intel's Developer Forum in Beijing has seen the company make predictions as to the long-term future of computer displays.  A presentation caught by Liliputing saw “Rich Displays” …
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.

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