April 14, 2012, 8:20 AM

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Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
EXPLAINER: Everything You Need To Know About Google's Weird Stock Split  —  Yesterday, in the second paragraph of the press release announcing its Q1 2012 earnings, Google said its board had unanimously approved “a stock dividend proposal.”  —  But as the company explained in a letter from its founders, it's not a dividend.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple CEO Tim Cook spotted at video game designer Valve's headquarters  —  Apple's chief executive Tim Cook reportedly visited the Bellevue, Washington headquarters of Valve Corporation earlier today, inciting questions about new potential for collaboration between the two companies.
Apple releases Flashback removal tool  —  Coming on the heels of its Thursday Java update, Apple has released a separate program to remove the so-called Flashback trojan that has affected over 600,000 Macs worldwide.  —  Apple on Friday released version 1.0 of its “Flashback malware removal tool” …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Valve reveals mystery hardware project: wearable computing  —  This morning, Valve Software set the world of gaming news abuzz by attempting to hire hardware engineers.  Now, Valve developer (and well-known programmer) Michael Abrash has revealed what kind of hardware the company is prototyping: computer technology you can wear.
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.
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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Robert McMillan / Wired:
Netflix To Open Source Army of Cloud Monkeys  —  Netflix is getting ready to unleash its Simian Army.  —  The online movie rental company uses a troupe of cloud software — it calls the programs “monkeys” — that poke and prod its online applications and keeps the web site and its services humming along.
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 …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
App developers, frustrated with bug reporting tools, call on Apple to ‘Fix Radar or GTFO’  —  If you're an iOS or Mac developer, then you've probably had an encounter with Apple's bug reporting tool called Radar.  Although complaints have been voiced about Radar for years …
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Damon Poeter / PC Magazine:
Scientists Build First Working Quantum Network  —  Scientists at the Quantum Dynamics division of the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) in Garching, Germany announced Wednesday that they have built the very first, elementary quantum network comprised of a pair of entangled atoms …
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 …
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 …
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 …

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