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April 13, 2012, 2:40 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.
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?
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.
Jamie Keene / The Verge:
Facebook Offers rollout begins, delivers local deals direct to your news feed  —  Facebook has announced that its offers system has begun to roll out, having first been revealed at its marketing conference at the beginning of March.  The system allows local businesses to use their Facebook pages …
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.
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.
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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.”
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.
Tim Carmody / Wired:
Jeff Bezos: ‘Even Well-Meaning Gatekeepers Slow Innovation’  —  Jeff Bezos' annual letter to Amazon shareholders is a timely manifesto, unifying the company's expansive range of businesses, justifying its approach to established markets, and marking as a target anyone who stands in its way.
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.
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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.
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 …

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