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April 17, 2012, 4:00 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.
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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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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.
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.

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