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April 17, 2012, 1:25 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.
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:
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 …
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.
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.
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
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.”
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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 …

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