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April 16, 2012, 7:25 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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?
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Confirmed: Redpoint Leads $40M Funding Round for Path  —  Path, the mobile social networking start-up, is planning to announce it has raised Series B funding as early as tomorrow, according to sources.  —  Redpoint Ventures led the $40 million round, which values Path at $250 million.
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.
Richard Chirgwin / The Register:
Yet another OSX/Java Trojan spotted in the wild  —  Kaspersky Labs tags MS Word as the vector  —  Hard on the heels of the Flashback Trojan, Kaspersky Labs is warning of a new OSX threat, which it's dubbed Backdoor.OSX.SabPub.a.  —  In a post to Securelist, Kaspersky's Costin Raiu …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
ACTA suffers major blow following European rejection call  —  Summary: ACTA could be ‘dead in the water’ after the treaty's rapporteur said in his recommendations to Brussels that the European Parliament should reject the agreement.  —  ACTA, the controversial anti-counterfeit …
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.

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Microsoft:
Royal Caribbean International hits the high seas with Microsoft tech  —  Cruise line equips 40,000 crew members with Windows 8.1 tablets, in part to use Skype, OneDrive and more to keep in closer touch with family members and friends while away from home.
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