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April 17, 2012, 5:00 PM

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Adam Messinger / Twitter Blog:
Introducing the Innovator's Patent Agreement  —  One of the great things about Twitter is working with so many talented folks who dream up and build incredible products day in and day out.  Like many companies, we apply for patents on a bunch of these inventions.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Twitter's Revolutionary Agreement Lets Original Inventors Stop Patent Trolls  —  We've talked repeatedly in the past about how even if a company got patents for solely defensive reasons, down the road, those patents can end up in the hands of trolls, who abuse them to hinder real innovation.
More: BitsTweets: @levie
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple and Samsung CEOs and chief lawyers agree to meet in San Francisco court for settlement talks moderated by magistrate judge  —  Apple and Samsung, the number one and number two in the mobile devices industry, are embroiled in litigation against each other in nine countries …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
IBM's Mixed Q1 2012: Revenue Flat At $24.7B; Net Income Up 7 Percent To $3.1B  —  IBM just reported mixed first quarter earnings for 2012.  GAAP earnings came in at $2.61, up 13 percent with non-GAAP earnings at $2.78, up 15 percent.  Revenue was flat for the quarter coming in at $24.7 billion, up 1 percent adjusting for currency.
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 …
Mark Milian / Bloomberg:
Oakley Tests Technology That Would Rival Google's Project Glass  —  Oakley Inc. is developing technology that can project information directly onto lenses, putting the sunglass maker into potential competition with Google Inc. (GOOG)  —  The technology would let Oakley …
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.
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.
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Google target of new federal privacy probe  —  Hard on the heels of being fined $25,000 for allegedly blocking a federal privacy investigation, Google (GOOG) is enmeshed in a second federal probe into its privacy practices that could soon bring a more painful hit to the search giant's pocketbook, this newspaper has learned.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Physical media is dead — long live the app  —  Over the weekend, Hunter Walk (a friend of mine who works for YouTube) tweeted about brands offering apps built on the Spotify platform.  Spotify is likely to introduce these branded apps from the likes of Intel, AT&T, Reebok and McDonalds at an Ad Age event this week.
Intel:
Intel Reports First-Quarter Revenue of $12.9 Billion  —  Intel Corporation today reported quarterly revenue of $12.9 billion, operating income of $3.8 billion, net income of $2.7 billion and EPS of $0.53.  The company generated approximately $3.0 billion in cash from operations …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Shasta Ventures, Founders Fund Put $4.5 Million In The Uber For Carwashes, Cherry  —  Cherry, a recently launched startup that brings on-demand car washes to you and your car, has raised $4.5 million in new funding from Shasta Ventures, Founders Fund, Shervin Pishevar and Bill Lee.
More: The Next WebThanks:@joshdilworth
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Quantenna raises astounding $79M round so you can have wire-like wireless networks  —  Based on conventional wisdom, Quantenna shouldn't exist as a startup maker of Wi-fi chips.  It has huge competitors among chipmakers Broadcom, Marvell, and Qualcomm-Atheros.
More: VatorNewsThanks:@deantak
Cameron Scott / Computerworld:
Paying with smartphones to outpace credit cards by 2020, experts say  —  More than two-thirds of technology insiders believe that paying with smartphones will overtake cash and credit card payments by 2020, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project …

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