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April 16, 2012, 10:10 AM

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Apple:
New iPad Arrives in South Korea & 11 Additional Countries This Week  —  CUPERTINO, CaliforniaApril 16, 2012Apple® today announced the new iPad®, the third generation of its category defining mobile device, will arrive in South Korea and 11 additional countries on Friday, April 20.
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 …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Netflix CEO calls out Comcast on net neutrality  —  When most Comcast subscribers complain, it's a blip.  When the CEO of Netflix vents to his 120,000 subscribers on Facebook, it's a salvo.  Reed Hastings doesn't agree with Comcast's approach to net neutrality and caps — and he wants everyone to know it.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Samsung sends out event invites to “come and meet the next Galaxy” on May 3 in London.  Galaxy S III incoming?  —  Update: The event has been confirmed by Samsung.  —  Samsung could be just weeks away from unveiling its next flagship Android smartphone — the Galaxy S III …
David Carr / New York Times:
The Media Equation: Amazon Low Prices Disguise a High Cost  —  The Justice Department finally took aim at the monopolistic monolith that threatened to dominate the book industry.  So imagine the shock when the bullet aimed at threats to competition went whizzing by Amazon …
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.
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Roku to launch in Canada with over 100 channels, pre-orders start today  —  We heard that Roku was planning to go international with its tiny streaming boxes, and after launching in the UK a couple of months ago, the company has announced that its products are available to pre-order in Canada as of today.
PC World:
Twitter Tech Support: How Effective Is Tweeting a Tech Problem?  —  Companies do answer customer support questions sent via Twitter.  Here's how they handle it and how to be heard when you tweet your problem.  —  As the Web becomes increasingly social, more and more companies turn to Twitter …
Tweets: @qthrul
Derek Andersen / Startup Grind:
Exclusive: Electronic Arts Set To Layoff +500 Employees  —  Exclusive: I've confirmed from multiple sources within Electronic Arts that the company is planning to layoff 500-1,000 people as soon as this week.  As of March 31 public numbers, that represents between 5%-11% of total company employees.
Gerry Shih / Reuters:
In Silicon Valley, designers emerge as rock stars  —  (Reuters) - Five years ago, Justin Edmund arrived at Carnegie Mellon University, a floppy-haired freshman, with artistic talent and dreams of joining a venerable design firm like IDEO or Frog.  But during his sophomore year …

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Microsoft:
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Intel:
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VMware:
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