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April 16, 2012, 1:10 AM

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Ian Katz / Guardian:
Web freedom faces greatest threat ever, warns Google's Sergey Brin  —  Exclusive: Threats range from governments trying to control citizens to the rise of Facebook and Apple-style ‘walled gardens’  —  The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation …
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.
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
How the Tech Parade Passed Sony By  —  THE lights dimmed.  The crowd hushed.  The teleprompters flickered.  —  Kazuo Hirai stepped up and flashed a winning smile: it was show time.  The scene was oddly upbeat inside the Sony Corporation last Thursday as Mr. Hirai, the company's new chief executive, faced the cameras.
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
FCC Clears Google Over Wifi Eavesdropping But Fines It $25,000 For “Noncompliance” With Requests  —  The US Federal Communications Commission has cleared Google of any legal wrong-doing over its Street View cars that intercepted wifi transmissions.  That's the good news for the company.  The bad news?
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.
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Netflix never used its $1 million algorithm due to engineering costs  —  Netflix awarded a $1 million prize to a developer team in 2009 for an algorithm that increased the accuracy of the company's recommendation engine by 10 percent.  But today it doesn't use the million-dollar code …
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
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 …
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.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Hands-on: getting work done with Google's new Aura interface for Chrome OS  —  Google attempted to introduce a new approach to computing when it first launched Chrome OS in 2010.  The operating system consists of little more than a fullscreen Web browser perched atop a rigorously-hardened Linux environment.
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.

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