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April 16, 2012, 12:40 PM

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Path is no Instagram  —  Ever since Facebook decided that Instagram was worth $1 billion, there has been recurring talk of Path, another social service being the next big buyout target.  And while I am happy for the Path team, I find the comparisons with Instagram unfounded and premature.
Apple:
New iPad Arrives in South Korea & 11 Additional Countries This Week  —  CUPERTINO, California April 16, 2012 Apple® 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.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Galaxy Nexus coming to Sprint on April 22nd for $199.99, includes a $40 Google Wallet credit  —  We've been waiting for a release date since CES, but it's finally official — the Galaxy Nexus is coming to Sprint on April 22nd for $199.99 when you sign a new two-year contract.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Foursquare confirms 20M users, 2 billion check-ins, on 4sqDay 2012  —  Today, the third annual 4sqDay (April 16, four-squared, get it?), check-in king Foursquare confirmed that it has reached new milestones of 20 million users and a whopping 2 billion check-ins.
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 …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Big changes coming to Kleiner Perkins  —  Brook Byers and Ray Lane scale back their future involvement.  —  Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is changing its partnership structure, according to prospective limited partners in the venture firm's next early-stage fund.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
How many iPhones did Apple sell last quarter?  —  The estimates range from 26 to 44 million.  The best analysts' consensus: 35 million.  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Company reports; Apple 2.0  —  The most important metric for Apple (AAPL) in the quarter that ended two weeks ago …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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