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April 13, 2012, 6:00 AM

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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.
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.
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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 …
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 …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Amazon Massively Inflates Its Streaming Library Size  —  Amazon counts individual episodes, not whole series, as “TV shows,” which makes its Prime streaming catalog seem 10 times bigger than it actually is.  —  Amazon boasts that it has “more than 17,000 movies and television shows” …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple looking to build ‘unibody’ earbuds through ultrasonic bonding  —  By using a process known as ultrasonic bonding, Apple could create new iPhone and iPod earbuds that would have a seamless, more aesthetically pleasing “unibody” appearance.  —  Headsets and earbuds include a number …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Did Boxee only sell 200,000 boxes?  —  The total number of Boxee Box users is around 200,000, according to a tweet sent out by the company Wednesday.  The tweet also revealed that Boxee now has a total of 2 million users, if you include users of the discontinued PC client.
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 …
Jon Bruner / Mobile:
Will Data Monopolies Paralyze the Internet?  —  Tim O'Reilly spoke with me last week about Internet companies acquiring massive proprietary data sets.  “We're kind of heading toward data as a source of monopoly power in some cases,” he told me, comparing data to “Intel Inside” as a barrier to market entry.
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 …
Ross Miller / The Verge:
Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight coming early May for $139 (hands-on pictures and video)  —  It was almost a complete surprise, barring some leaked early promotional material yesterday.  Today, Barnes & Noble has officially announced the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight …
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.
Dow Jones Newswires:
German Court Upholds Ban On Push Email In Apple's iCloud, MobileMe  —  FRANKFURT (Dow Jones)—A German regional court Friday backed a ban on push emails in Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iCloud and MobileMe services in Germany, granting Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI) a victory in a global patent war among several technology companies.
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 …
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 …
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.

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