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April 17, 2012, 1:45 PM

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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 …
Daniel Rubino / wpcentral:
Majority of new Lumia 900 converts are coming from Android or the iPhone  —  Nearly 60% of those switching to Windows Phone due to the Nokia Lumia 900 or HTC Titan II were former iOS and Android owners.  Apple brand-loyalty?  We think not.  —  We ran a poll the other day asking users …
More: CNET and Seattle Times
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.
Steven Levy / Wired:
Going With the Flow: Google's Secret Switch to the Next Wave of Networking  —  In early 1999, an associate computer science professor at UC Santa Barbara climbed the steps to the second floor headquarters of a small startup in Palo Alto, and wound up surprising himself by accepting a job offer.
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Watch Out, Best Buy, Ikea Will Soon Sell Their Own HDTV System And It's Awesome  —  Ikea is entering a brave new world: home entertainment systems.  The company unveiled its UPPLEVA line today with a smart YouTube ad (embedded after the jump).  The video spot quickly explains that the UPPLEVA line …
Zee / The Next Web:
Read It Later rebrands as “Pocket”, goes free.  Lets its 4.5m users save articles, videos, images & more.  —  I recently met up with the team behind Read It Later over a drink in San Francisco.  The product lets you quickly bookmark any page of text on the web, quite often articles, to read later.
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 …
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Gnip unlocks real-time social data from Tumblr's 50 million blogs  —  It was only a few days ago that we wrote about Boulder-based Gnip pulling in social data from China's Sina Weibo.  While those 300 million users do account for a huge amount of information, the growth of Tumblr makes Sina Weibo look like child's play.
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.
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.
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 …
Yoree Koh / Japan Real Time:
Facebook's Instagram Buy Won't Alter Twitter Strategy  —  Twitter last year looked into buying Instagram, the hot photo-sharing app snapped up last week by Facebook for $1 billion.  But Twitter's chief executive said during a Tokyo visit Monday that Facebook's move won't push his company …
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.
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 …
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Oracle's Larry Ellison takes the stand in Android IP trial  —  Summary: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison described on the stand the different licenses available for Java, citing that Google is the only company that hasn't signed up for any of them.  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Oracle CEO Larry Ellison defended …
Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog:
Toshiba to buy IBM point-of-sale business for $850 million  —  Summary: Toshiba TEC is set to buy IBM's point-of-sale business for $850 million, in a move that would make the half-owned Toshiba subsidiary the world's largest vendor of retail machines.  —  A Toshiba unit said on Tuesday …

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