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April 16, 2012, 10:40 PM

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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.
More: 9to5GoogleThanks:@mjburnsy
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.
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 …
Michael Shapiro / CJR:
Serena Saitto / Bloomberg:
RIM Said to Discuss Hiring Bank to Help Weigh Strategy Options  —  Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM), the troubled maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, is in talks to hire a financial adviser that can help it weigh strategic options, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.
Brandon Bailey / Mercury News:
Oracle: Google execs knew they needed permission for Java  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google engineers and executives knew they needed permission to use Java software tools when they created the popular Android mobile program, but Google went ahead without a license, an Oracle attorney told jurors Monday in federal court.
Eric Mack / CNET:
Raspberry Pi $35 mini system starts shipping  —  The credit card-sized Linux system is being delivered to first 10,000 customers worldwide this week.  Raspberry Pi, the $35 Linux system about the size of a credit card, is fully baked and ready to eat... er, ship.
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
Gil Kaufman / MTV:
Exclusive: Tupac Coachella Hologram Creator Tells How He Resurrected Rapper  —  'It was [Dr.] Dre's vision to bring this back to life,' says Nick Smith president of the company that created the Tupac hologram at Coachella.  The Coachella festival is a place where minds routinely get blown …
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
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 …
Dan Frommer / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Facebook Terrifies Google  —  Google is still the biggest, baddest online advertising company on the planet.  Its $2.9 billion profit last quarter, announced yesterday, was almost as much as Facebook's revenue for all of 2011.  —  But Facebook has something important that Google doesn't …
Scott Austin / Digits:
Netflix CEO's Comcast Complaints Draw in FCC  —  Netflix Inc. Chief Executive Reed Hastings' complaints about Comcast Corp.'s Web traffic policies appear to have drawn attention from the Federal Communications Commission, which says it is monitoring the situation.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Mobile Gaming Startup Funzio Is Raising $50M At A $350M Valuation  —  In what will be a bellwether for the mobile gaming industry after Zynga's deal to buy OMGPOP, Funzio is looking to raise $50 million at a $350 million pre-money valuation, according to sources familiar with the talks.
Mark Hearn / TechnoBuffalo:
Sprint's Network Vision 4G LTE: Additional Markets Revealed?  [Exclusive]  —  Sprint recently announced several of its first 4G LTE networks and, while this is good news for customers, many may be frustrated that the carrier is releasing 4G LTE devices before its network has a larger footprint.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Rackspace launches OpenStack-powered next-gen public cloud  —  Rackspace, the top cloud infrastructure provider after Amazon, has significantly upgraded its core offerings with a new next-generation public cloud powered by OpenStack, the company said Monday.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Groupon Acquires Social Recommendation App Ditto.me  —  It's a big day for M&A. The latest of today's deal announcements is the news that Groupon has acquired Ditto.me, the mobile app for discovering and planning new places to go with friends.  Ditto announced its sale in an entry on its company blog.
More: blog.ditto.meTweets: @jyriThanks:@anukul84
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Bing updates ‘Translator’ app for Windows Phone with live-translation goodness  —  There has long been an app in the Window Phone Marketplace called ‘Translator,’ a basic application that let a user, you guessed it, translate phrases.  —  However, today, Bing (along with Microsoft Research …
Nick Hopkins / Guardian:
US and China engage in cyber war games  —  Exclusive: US and Chinese officials take part in war games in bid to prevent military escalation from cyber attacks  —  The US and China have been discreetly engaging in “war games” amid rising anger in Washington over the scale and audacity …

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