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April 17, 2012, 9:10 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: TPM IdeaLabTweets: @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 …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
CEO Scott Thompson To Cut 50 Properties: “Yahoo Has Been Doing Way Too Much”  —  CEO Scott Thompson outlined his vision today for how Yahoo can start growing again.  His big theme: Focus, focus, focus.  —  “Yahoo has been doing way too much for too long and was only doing a few things really well,” Thompson said.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Intel CEO: Our first smartphone launches this week  —  Summary: Intel's smartphone strategy is being closely watched since it represents future growth for the company.  —  Intel's long-awaited smartphone strategy is ready for lift-off, said CEO Paul Otellini.  —  Otellini, speaking on an earnings conference call, said:
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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
New “Listen” Button On Facebook Musician Pages Instantly Plays Their Songs In Your Favorite Streaming App  —  Today Facebook co-opts the best thing about Myspace pages — rapid music discovery — by prominently adding a “Listen” button to musician Pages right next to the Like button.
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 …
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.
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 …
Nate Weiner:
Why Read It Later/Pocket Went Free  —  Today we launched a brand new version of Read It Later (now named Pocket).  As a part of this update we have made all of our apps free.  —  This is a big change to how we've operated in the past and I wanted to give some more insight into the decision.
Zee / The Next Web:
Mark Sullivan / PC World:
3G and 4G Wireless Speed Showdown: Which Networks Are Fastest?  —  We tested 3G and 4G wireless data transfer speeds—indoors and out—for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, at multiple locations in 13 major cities.  Here's what we found.  —  It's been a year since we looked closely …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Apple: Greenpeace's Cloud Math is Busted  —  A view of the huge roof of the Apple data center in Maiden, North Carolina.  Apple said today that the facility will use 20 megawatts of power, far less than an estimate by Greenepace.  (Image: Apple).  —  Apple says it will use 20 megawatts …
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
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.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Makes Venue Maps More Visible On Bing  —  Microsoft has introduced a number of improvements to Bing Maps, chief among which is making “venue maps” more obvious.  Microsoft says there are roughly 900 venue/interior maps on Bing focused primarily on “malls, airports, casinos and shopping districts.”
More: Bing and WebProNews
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.
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Satellite imagery and Hadoop mean $70M for Skybox  —  Skybox Imaging, a startup that wants to capture and analyze high-resolution photos and videos of the Earth from microsatellites, has raised $70 million in Series C funding led by Canaan Partners and Norwest Venture Partners.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Chrome For Android Gets Desktop View, Home Screen Bookmarks, File Downloads  —  Chrome for Android is becoming somewhat of a flagship mobile app for Google, but given that it's only available on phones and tablets running Ice Cream Sandwich, its reach is pretty limited.

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