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April 17, 2012, 10:55 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.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
European carriers: Lumia phones are ‘not good enough’ to compete with iPhone and Android  —  They say everyone's a critic these days, but here's a group whose critique matters: European carriers.  Reuters has been asking questions at four major European telecom operators and reports that they're …
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.
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Zynga Flashes $1.8 Billion Searching for the New FarmVille: Tech  —  Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) merger chief Barry Cottle plans to step up the pace of acquisitions, spending hundreds of millions of dollars in search of a new social-gaming blockbuster on par with hits “FarmVille” and “CityVille.”
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.
More: Gizmodo and BuzzFeed
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Megaupload Worked on a Multi-Billion Dollar IPO  —  According to a US indictment, Kim Dotcom and the rest of the “Mega Conspiracy” were running a criminal operation.  —  They are accused of engaging in a racketeering conspiracy, conspiring to commit copyright infringement …
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.
David Kravets / Wired:
Supreme Court to Revisit ‘First-Sale’ Copyright Doctrine  —  The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide the global reach of U.S. copyright law, in a case testing whether an overseas purchaser of a copyrighted work may resell it in the United States without the copyright holder's permission.
Cade Metz / Wired:
Mavericks Invent Future Internet Where Cisco Is Meaningless  —  PALO ALTO, California — Martin Casado stands up, reaches across the table, and tears a sheet of paper from a notebook.  The notebook belongs to Alan Cohen, who works alongside Casado at Nicira, the most intriguing startup in Silicon Valley …
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.
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 …
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 …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Amazon Android Developers Can Now Charge More Than $20 For In-App Purchases  —  Amazon is now letting developers charge higher prices for in-app purchases thanks to new parental controls it just strengthened.  —  The company sent out an e-mail to developers today that said:
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: Gizmodo and PhoneArena
Scott Lowe / The Verge:
FCC seeks $819,000 from T-Mobile for violating hearing aid compatibility standards  —  Citing repeated failures to meet hearing aid capable handset guidelines, the FCC is seeking a forfeiture of $819,000 from T-Mobile.  The FCC alleges that T-Mobile USA violated the Hearing Aid Compatibility Order …
Clare Jim / Reuters:
HTC's shares tumble; CFO change, Samsung launch weigh  —  (Reuters) - Shares of HTC Corp fell as much as 6 percent on Tuesday after a change in its chief financial officer and the imminent launch of a new phone by arch rival Samsung Electronics raised concerns over the Taiwanese firm's recovery.
Steven Musil / CNET:
Google may face fine over Safari privacy bypass  —  Google may soon find itself paying another fine for privacy violations.  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is expected to decide during the next 30 days whether to fine the Web giant for bypassing user privacy settings in Apple's Safari Web browser …

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