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April 13, 2012, 3:25 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
More: Reuters
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
French Designer Philippe Starck says he's working on a ‘revolutionary’ project with Apple due in 8 months  —  Le Figaro reports that renowned designer Philippe Starck (pictured, right) is working with Apple on a “revolutionary” product due in eight months.
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.
More: VentureBeat and 9to5MacThanks:@tomkrazit
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook Ups The Mobile Ante Again; Buys Mobile Loyalty, Rewards Startup TagTile  —  This just in: Facebook has made another acquisition, and as with Instagram it's in mobile again.  They have bought TagTile, a mobile-based customer loyalty, management startup, for an undisclosed sum.
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.
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 …
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Spotify Launches Brand Apps  —  Apps Coming Soon From AT&T, McDonald's, Intel and Reebok  —  Mega-brands will soon be able to recommend your next Spotify playlist.  —  The music-streaming service will add apps from the likes of AT&T, McDonald's, Intel and Reebok over the coming months …
More: The Verge, The Next Web and ClickZThanks:@kunur
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.
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.”

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