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April 13, 2012, 10:45 PM

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Joel Kaplan / Facebook:
A Message About CISPA  —  More than 845 million people trust Facebook with their information, and maintaining that trust is at the core of everything we do.  Keeping the site secure to protect our users and their information requires a combination of technological innovations …
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).
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.
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?
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
iCloud's First Six Months: The Developers Weigh In  —  On October 12th, 2011, iCloud launched to millions of iOS users impatiently waiting to start getting their devices to sync with Apple's new platform, which CEO Tim Cook went on to call the company's next big insight for the next decade.
More: TUAW and Macgasm
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:
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 …
Jay Alabaster / PC World:
Japan's Sharp Begins Mass Production of IGZO Displays Amid Rumors of Apple Use  —  Sharp said Friday it has begun mass production of displays using IGZO (indium, gallium, zinc) technology, which analysts have said is a prime candidate for use in upcoming Apple products including its rumored smart TV.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Report: One In Five U.S. Adults Does Not Use The Internet  —  Internet adoption among U.S. adults increased rapidly from the mid-'90s to about 2005.  Since then, though, the number of adult Internet users has remained almost stable at around 75 to 80%.  The Pew Internet & American Life …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon-owned Audible: Hey authors, want $20 million?  —  The Amazon-owned digital audiobooks site Audible.com is launching a new program, “Audible Author Services,” that pays audiobook authors $1 per sale through Audible.com, Audible.co.uk, and iTunes, out of a $20 million fund.
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 …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Says It's Not Working on Anything With Philippe Starck  —  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, an Apple spokeswoman …
Bonnie Eslinger / Mercury News:
Deal cut to give Menlo Park millions of dollars in exchange for Facebook expansion  —  To get Menlo Park's approval of its expansion plan, Facebook has agreed to pay the city millions of dollars in the coming years, seed a community fund with a $500,000 donation, sponsor internship and job training programs …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Silicon Valley's Secret, Vicious Lust for Hollywood Fame  —  Motivations are supposed to be pure in Silicon Valley.  Facebook, for example, was developed to make the world a better place; its billions of dollars in revenue are just a happy accident.  And when a Facebook scion eagerly promoted …
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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

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