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April 17, 2012, 5:15 AM

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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Announcing the Windows 8 Editions  —  Today I would like to share information with you on the editions that will be available for “Windows 8” when it is released to market.  We have talked about Windows 8 as Windows reimagined, from the chipset to the user experience.
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Google Drive detailed: 5 GB for free, launching next week for Mac, Windows, Android and iOS  —  Sometimes we get lucky, and today is one of those days.  I got a draft release from a partner of Google's upcoming Google Drive service and it gives away a wealth of information about how Google plans to take on the incumbent Dropbox.
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Google Drive Lives: Google Drive App Found  —  If you needed any more proof that Google Drive was alive, look no further than this screenshot of the OS X app.  I've been able to download and run the app and it is currently idle, sitting quietly in the corner, unable to connect to the mothership.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Path Announces $30M+ Round Of Funding, Investors Include Sir Richard Branson  —  Well, it's officially official: Following a wave of rumors and reports, Path just announced that it has raised more than $30 million in new funding.  —  “We are delighted to announce that last week we closed …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Samsung Galaxy S III launch details reveal multiple models, official device of 2012 Olympics  —  As we get closer to the official announcement of Samsung's Galaxy S III, more information is beginning to surface.  In addition to our exclusive reports on the device's specifications and materials …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Samuel L. Jackson and Siri Star in New iPhone 4S Commercial (Update: Zooey Deschanel Too)  —  As noted by The Next Web, U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless aired a new iPhone 4S commercial featuring actor Samuel L. Jackson and Siri, the company's virtual assistant for the iPhone 4S.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Huffington Post Wins Pulitzer Prize  —  Huffington Post senior military correspondent David Wood has spent decades covering war, watching as wounded combat troops are loaded onto medical evacuation helicopters and, he said, “go off in a cloud of dust.”  But after their sacrifice on the battlefield …
Will Connors / Wall Street Journal:
The Lonely BlackBerry Store  —  RIM's Sole Stand-Alone Outlet Serves as Reminder of Failed Corporate Strategy  —  FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich.—On a gray stretch of highway 25 miles northwest of Detroit, in a strip mall next to an OfficeMax and a dry cleaners, sits the only stand-alone BlackBerry retail store in North America.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Feds shutter online narcotics store that used TOR to hide its tracks  —  Federal authorities have arrested eight men accused of distributing more than $1 million worth of LSD, ecstasy, and other narcotics with an online storefront that used the TOR anonymity service to mask their Internet addresses.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Carly Dumps Her Pink Dresses, as T-Mobile Aims for an Image Makeover  —  T-Mobile's Carly is trading in her pink dresses for leather and a Ducati motorcycle.  —  In new commercials debuting later on, the carrier's spokeswoman throws her trademark dress on the ground and takes to the open road with the tagline “No More Mr. Nice Girl.”
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
United Continental CFO Now an Apple VP of Sales  —  Zane Rowe, executive VP and Chief Financial Officer for United Continental, the holding company that owns United Airlines, has a new job — at Apple.  Rowe, who has served as United's CFO since October 2010, is leaving the airline …
More: Macgasm, MacRumors and MacNN
New York Times:
Hulu, the Online TV Site, Adds Original Programming  —  Five years ago, some of the most powerful players in television banded together to introduce Hulu, a streaming service intended to revolutionize the TV industry.  —  This week, Hulu will look more like a traditional network than an Internet pioneer.
David Meyer / GigaOM:
Mobile ad firm Madvertise buys Turkey's Mobilike  —  Most Berlin startups are looking to get acquired, but here's one that's doing the buying: Madvertise, which has just picked up Turkey's top mobile advertising company Mobilike for an undisclosed sum.  —  Madvertise is already …
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
3D printing biz heats up with $1.4B merger of Stratasys and Objet  —  Two of the leading players in the 3D printing market have merged, with Stratasys and Objet Ltd. joining forces in a $1.4 billion deal, the two companies announced this morning.  —  The transaction between the two will position …
Harry McCracken / Techland:
Apple II Forever: a 35th-Anniversary Tribute to Apple's First Iconic Product  —  Thirty-five years ago, on April 16 and 17, 1977, more than twelve thousand proto-geeks flooded into San Francisco's Civic Auditorium.  They were there to attend a new event called the West Coast Computer Faire …
Richard Chirgwin / The Register:
Google-backed research fights review spam  —  Seeing through the sockpuppet  —  University of Illinois at Chicago researchers are taking aim at fake reviews, which they say can seriously damage online businesses.  —  In particular, the Google-backed study is designed to seek out organized groups …
More: PhoneArena
Matt McGee / Marketing Land:
Twitter Mobile Ads Can Now Be Targeted By Platform  —  Twitter has announced another incremental step in the development of its ad products: Promoted Tweets can now be targeted to users of specific mobile platforms.  —  Twitter's also announcing that Promoted Tweets are now showing to Blackberry users.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Mark Cuban Took A Big Stake In Vringo, The Company In The Middle Of A Massive Patent Attack On Google  —  Mark Cuban has invested in mobile ringtone company Vringo, which has a big patent lawsuit with Google, and other tech companies.  —  Cuban took a 7.4% stake in the company.
More: WebProNews
Chris Dary / Readability Blog:
Introducing Iris: A Big Leap Forward in Drawing Meaning from the Web  —  Today we're incredibly proud to be launching the next generation of our content normalization engine, codenamed Iris.  It's live right now and you'll start to see improved results as you use Readability over the next few weeks.
More: PandoDaily and The VergeThanks:@steverubel

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