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April 19, 2012, 3:05 PM

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Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Nokia's Elop: Lumia ‘actual sales have been mixed’  —  Summary: Nokia runs into Lumia launch challenges in the U.K. and overall sales so far have been mixed.  —  Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said that the company's Lumia launched to “encouraging awards and popular acclaim,” but “actual sales results have been mixed.”
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Nokia's Q1 2012 financials: $9 billion sales can't stop a $1.7 billion loss  —  Nokia's released the bundle of spreadsheets that comprise its 2012 Q1 financials, just a week after it promised it would make a loss, despite bullish sales of the new Lumia 900.  The numbers reveal that the company …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Apple, Google, Intel fail to dismiss staff-poaching lawsuit  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Corp and four other technology companies were ordered by a judge to face an antitrust lawsuit claiming they illegally agreed not to poach each other's employees.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPhone Again Represents Over Half of Verizon's Smartphone Sales in 1Q 2012  —  Marking the first significant piece of data to help build a picture of Apple's quarterly iPhone sales numbers ahead of next week's earnings release, Verizon today announced its own earnings results for the first quarter of 2012 …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Targets May 17th For IPO Date  —  This just in: According to multiple sources close to the company, Facebook is eying IPO on May 17th — depending on whether the SEC agrees that all the reams of paperwork (including those concerning its recent acquisition of Instagram) are in order.
Laura Stampler / Business Insider:
Coming Soon: Buying Stock On Facebook In 3 Clicks  —  Facebook's impending initial public offering on NASDAQ isn't the only way that people will be able to trade in stock of the social networking site.  —  By June of this year, public companies will be able to sell their stock to customers directly …
More: Gizmodo
Joshua Schnell / Macgasm:
Apple Now Giving Away Snow Leopard To MobileMe Customers For Free  —  Haven't upgraded to Lion or iCloud because you still haven't forked out money for Snow Leopard yet?  No worries, Apple has your back.  Apple is now giving away Snow Leopard to potential iCloud customers.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Galaxy S II successor to have quad-core processor with ‘superlative’ benchmarks, will be shown on May 3rd  —  Though it's already been broadly assumed that Samsung's “Next Galaxy” event in London early next month would be for the hotly anticipated Galaxy S II successor …
Paul Joseph Watson / Infowars:
Mandatory ‘Big Brother’ Black Boxes In All New Cars From 2015  —  Provision is part of controversial MAP-21 bill expected to pass House  —  A bill already passed by the Senate and set to be rubber stamped by the House would make it mandatory for all new cars in the United States to be fitted …
Quentin Hardy / Bits:
Cisco Announces Its $850 Million Spin-In  —  Cisco has notified its employees that it has funded an advanced networking startup, called Insieme, with $100 million, with the right to eventually buy the company for as much as $750 million more.  —  As reported in Bits last month Insieme …
More: GigaOM and Wired
Bloomberg:
Facebook Said to Have Bid for AOL Patents Before Microsoft's Win  —  Facebook Inc. (FB), the biggest social- networking service, made an offer for AOL Inc. (AOL)'s patent portfolio before losing out to Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s $1.06 billion bid, two people with knowledge of the matter said.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
WPP Makes Big Leap Into E-Commerce, Leads On $10 Million mySupermarket Investment  —  The media and advertising giant WPP is taking a big step into e-commerce and how it can use it to leverage its other digital investments: today it has announced that it is investing $7 million …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
AT&T releasing Watson voice recognition APIs to developers in June  —  AT&T's research arm has spent over two decades developing its Watson speech and language engine, which translates spoken words into text.  Now, AT&T is planning to release a number of Watson APIs for developers in June …
Farhad Manjoo / Fast Company:
Google's Creative Destruction  —  Venture-capital firms have been the engine of the United States' innovation economy.  At Google Ventures, the search giant's investing arm, Google thinks it can build a better one.  —  Google Ventures managing partner Bill Maris in the future home of his Startup Lab …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Forget the money: Kickstarter turns Pebble into a platform  —  By now, you've probably seen the soaring funding numbers put up by Pebble, the e-paper smartwatch that has broken records as the biggest Kickstarter project to date with $4.7 million raised.  It's an amazing showing for the watch …
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
BranchOut Hits 25 Million Users, Nabs $25M In Series C Funding  —  BranchOut is officially going for the big time.  The company, which makes a professional social network that runs on top of Facebook, is announcing today it has closed on $25 million in new funding, bringing its total venture capital investment to $49 million.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Intel's first smartphone arrives...in India  —  Summary: Intel said Lava International has launched the XOLO X900.  The device will launch April 23 in India and be sold through Croma, a big retail chain in India.  —  Intel made good on its promise to launch its first smartphone this week and dropped a bit of a surprise.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
ISPs Have to Identify Alleged Pirates, EU Court Rules  —  Not long after Sweden's controversial IPRED legislation became law in 2009, five book publishers handed a request for information to a local court.  —  The rightsholders, represented by anti-piracy group Antipiratbyrån …
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
YouTube revamps audio editing suite, now includes over 150,000 backing tracks  —  As part of its continuing efforts to improve service — and your videos — YouTube is implementing some significant enhancements to its on-site audio editing package.  Aside from a revamping of the general UI …
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Unlock interesting data from your Gmail account with Gmail Meter  —  I've been using Gmail for as long as I can remember, and unfortunately I have more unread emails than I care to admit.  The service is my lifeblood, but one thing that's missing is the ability to gain insight into how active I am in sending and receiving email.
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