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April 15, 2012, 6:45 PM

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Charlie Stross / Charlie's Diary:
What Amazon's ebook strategy means  —  It seems to me that a lot of folks in the previous discussion don't really understand quite what makes Amazon so interesting—and threatening, for that matter—to the publishing industry.  —  So I'm going to take a stab at explaining.
New York Times:
Instagram Founders Were Helped by Bay Area Connections  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Past midnight, in a dimly lighted warehouse jutting into the San Francisco Bay, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger introduced something they had been working on for weeks: a photo-sharing iPhone application called Instagram.
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Proposes $25,000 Fine on Google  —  WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Commission proposed a $25,000 fine on Google Inc., accusing the search giant of deliberately obstructing an investigation into whether the company violated federal rules when its street-mapping service collected …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
How former Microsoft tech chief Nathan Myhrvold could have created the iPhone  —  Myhrvold's ‘consumer computer’ vision in 1991, as published by Men's Journal.  —  Nathan Myhrvold is back in the national spotlight again, but in a very different way this time.  —  Myhrvold in his chef's garb
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Steve Jobs movie starring Ashton Kutcher to cover Apple from 1971 to 2000, filming starts next month  —  We've got a few more details on the recently-revealed Steve Jobs movie starring Ashton Kutcher, thanks to a Neowin interview with the producer, Mark Hulme.
Keith Teare / TechCrunch:
The Mobile Paradox  —  Google's stock declined by over 4% yesterday.  Many have put this down to the company's decision to create a non-voting class of stock as part of a control-retention exercise as the founders sell shares.  But more is going on here.  In the same week as Facebook acquired Instagram …
Wall Street Journal:
Smartphone Patents: The Never-Ending War  —  Even Minor Features Figure in Big Battles as Rivalry Heats Up  —  Customers shopping for Apple Inc.'s iPhone might pay little attention to the gadget's “slide to unlock” feature, but you would never know that from a quick glance at Apple's current roster of patent lawsuits.
More: Real-Time AdviceThanks:@jimprosser
Jason Calacanis / LAUNCH:
The One Product That Makes Apple a Trillion-Dollar Company Overnight  —  Apple will become a trillion-dollar company based not on iPads and Apple TV, but payments.  —  Imagine taking out your iPhone and instead of buying Angry Birds you bought the latest Groupon.
Tweets: @tcarmodyThanks:@jason
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Finally Gets Right To Gmail Trademark In Germany  —  When Google launched Gmail in Germany in 2005, it was quickly barred from using the Gmail name for its email product there.  German entrepreneur Daniel Giersch, after all, had registered the ‘G-mail’ trademark (short for Giersch mail) …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Paper for iPad hits 1.5 million downloads in first two weeks  —  FiftyThree has just announced that its first app, Paper for iPad, has hit 1.5 million downloads in the App Store.  In comparison, an app like iPhoto (which is available for both iPhone and iPad) hit about one million downloads its first ten days on the App Store.

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SimilarWeb:
Does Ello's Sudden Rise In Popularity Herald A New Era Of Social Media?  —  The latest social network to be on the tip of everyone's tongue is the rebellious Ello which launched earlier this year and promises an ad-free experience.
Zoho:
Thank You India!  Your Spirit Made It Happen  —  Our much awaited Zoholics (Nov 20-21) India event just got over, and the response has been amazing.  Thank you for showing such an overwhelming support to our efforts …
Igloo:
All the coding ladies  —  Much has been said about women in technology this week as a result of Barbie once again, letting down the female population (or more appropriately, humankind as a whole) …
 

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