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April 13, 2012, 10:35 AM

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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 …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Barnes & Noble Hit Hard  —  Barnes & Noble Inc. bore the brunt of Wednesday's antitrust settlement between the U.S. government and three major book publishers, losing 6.4% of its market value on Thursday alone and tumbling 17% this month.  —  Those market worries reflected the broad sentiment …
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.
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.
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” …
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Fetchnotes Launches A Simple, Cloud-Based Note-Taking Service (That Twitter Users Will Love)  —  Fetchnotes is a promising, lightweight note-taking app for list makers and idea-havers which looks deceptively simple.  But that simplicity is actually one of Fetchnotes' key selling points.
Caroline Winter / Business Week:
Berlin Cracks the Startup Code  —  On a rainy day in March 2011, Ciarán O'Leary and two colleagues crammed into a Berlin taxi and raced for the station to catch a train back to Hamburg.  While snaking through the city streets, it hit him: Leaving Berlin was a bad idea.
Audrey Watters / Inside Higher Ed:
Crowdfunding's Next Frontier: Academic Research?  —  Blog:  —  Hack (Higher) Education  —  Crowdfunding has become increasingly popular lately.  That is, those who are looking for funding for their various projects can now turn to the community at large, which makes small contributions …
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Marc Samwer out as Groupon's international boss  —  After enduring a torrid few months, Groupon has confirmed a shakeup of its international business, bringing in a new chief to oversee operations outside America.  —  Out goes Marc Samwer, the oldest of the three notorious Samwer brothers …
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
U.S. tries to silence MegaUpload lawyers on issue of user data  —  The U.S. government says that some of MegaUpload's lawyers have a conflict that should exclude them from representing the cyberlocker service.  —  (Credit: Greg Sandoval/CNET)  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The struggle for control …
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.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple is allowed (at long last) to intervene in Lodsys lawsuit against app developers  —  On June 9, 2011, Apple filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit instigated by non-practicing entity Lodsys against various app developers.  Apple argued that it has a license to the patents Lodsys is asserting …
Bill Ray / The Register:
Emirates wedges national ID cards inside NFC phones  —  ID-by-handset to become norm after gov inks deal with Etisalat  —  The United Arab Emirates has signed up local operator Etisalat with a view to getting the national ID card embedded into mobile phones.
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
The Instagram Deal: A Mark Zuckerberg Production  —  Mark Zuckerberg, the 27-year-old chief executive and co-founder of Facebook, does not usually play the role of deal maker.  —  But the social network's $1 billion purchase of Instagram, the popular photo-sharing service, was a Mark Zuckerberg production.
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 …
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 …
Scott Gilbertson / Ars Technica:
Mozilla may make Flash click-to-play by default in future Firefox  —  Firefox developers are considering making Web plugins like Adobe Flash an opt-in feature.  Although there is still a long way to go before it's ready for Firefox proper, switching to an opt-in, “click-to-play” …

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