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April 13, 2012, 3:50 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 …
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.
More: AllThingsD
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Antitrust and ebooks: regulators miss the big DRM lock-in picture  —  US antitrust regulators have never really been able to find the right place to stick their lever and pry when it comes to the Internet (witness their failure to understand Microsoft's platform dominance in the 90s).
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?
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Philippe Starck's Secret Project?  It's a Mystery to Apple.  —  What is French designer Philippe Starck working on for Apple?  An obvious guess for Apple's new product would be the much-anticipated Apple television.  —  Here's another: Nothing.  —  Reached for comment …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 …
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
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Judge wants MegaUpload user data preserved for time being  —  The U.S. Courthouse for the Eastern District of Virginia.  —  (Credit: Greg Sandoval/CNET)  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va.,—MegaUpload's lawyers got much of what they asked for today from a federal district court regarding what should be done …

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