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April 13, 2012, 1:25 PM

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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 …
Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
Exclusive: Former RIM boss sought strategy shift before he quit  —  (Reuters) - Former Research In Motion co-chief executive Jim Balsillie sought to reinvent the BlackBerry smartphone maker with a radical shift in strategy before he stepped down, two sources with knowledge of his plans said.
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Intel's Windows 8 tablet: Checklist goes public  —  Intel ‘Clover Trail’ Atom Z2760-based Windows 8 tablet.  —  (Credit: Brooke Crothers)  —  Intel is offering more specifics on the features of future Windows 8 tablet at a conference in Beijing.  It's a laudable goal, but can Intel make it happen this year?
Jamie Keene / The Verge:
Google Drive integration leaked by Lucidchart  —  Google's widely rumored cloud storage service might be closer than we thought, with online diagramming tool Lucidchart adding (and then swiftly removing) a link to a Google Drive integration page to its user control panel.
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.
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Google CEO: Android ecosystem is about more than just tablets  —  Summary: Google's top executives recognize the potential and success of lower-end Android tablets, but the bigger picture here is unifying the Android experience across multiple devices.  —  While we continue to wait for word …
Matt Macari / The Verge:
Oracle thinks you can copyright a programming language, Google disagrees  —  Oracle's case against Google has evolved primarily into a copyright infringement suit over the past several months, and with the full trial scheduled to begin this coming Monday, the court is making an effort to get down to the nuts and bolts of copyright law.
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
SAP sees Q1 stumble on North America execution issues  —  Summary: SAP indicated that its sales problems in North America “have been resolved” and reiterated its outlook for the year.  —  SAP said that its first quarter will be below its initial expectations amid “sales execution issues in North America.”
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.
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.
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Plot thickens in Apple “bait apps” case  —  Apple came under fire last year from parents whose children had racked up credit card charges on apps that were supposed to be “free.”  Apple tried to throw out a law suit over the apps but has come up short after a judge found the parents suffered sufficient harm to pursue the case.
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Krystal Peak / VatorNews:
Ooyala launches personalized video discovery platform  —  From mobile to desktop, Ooyala's new content discovery system aims to keep viewers glued longer  —  As the world of online video rockets in popularity, content producers and brands are searching for the best way to deliver …
Audrey Watters / Inside Higher Ed:
Crowdfunding's Next Frontier: Academic Research?  —  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 that are pooled resources into some pretty sizable chunks of change.
Richard Sale / ISSSource:
Stuxnet Loaded by Iran Double Agents  —  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 to hold off the Iranian nuclear program …
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 …
Barb Darrow / GigaOm:
IBM adds more analytics with Varicent buy  —  The desire for more, better, and increasingly specific analytics continues with IBM's acquisition of Varicent Software.  Banks, insurance companies, and retailers use Varicent software to look at data across finance, sales, human resources …
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.
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.
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” …
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.

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