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April 19, 2012, 8:40 AM

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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 …
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.”
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Nokia head of sales steps down after only a year on Leadership Team  —  Colin Giles, Nokia's executive vice president of sales and a member of the Nokia Leadership Team is stepping down after 20 years with the company.  Nokia is not planning on replacing Giles, instead saying it sees the departure as …
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.
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 …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
With Help From Facebook Timeline, Viddy Becomes Top Free iPhone App  —  With the skyrocketing popularity and billion-dollar sale of Instagram, there's an ongoing race to apply Instagram's wildly successful photo sharing model to mobile video.  There are a number of startups vying to claim the …
More: CNET
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 …
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
These Guys Are Making Over $1,000 A Day On Windows Phone Game  —  Here's a great success story for Windows Phone 7.  —  A year ago, FourBros Studio launched a free Windows Phone game called Taptitude.  As of today, the company has pulled in over $100,000 of revenue on the game, with more than 300,000 users.
AppleInsider:
Apple releases OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview 3  —  Apple on Wednesday supplied developers with the third preview build of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, giving developers a chance to test out the latest version of the prerelease software.  —  According to people familiar with the latest build …
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Global Online Freedom Act 2012 Is An Important Step Forward  —  Over the past decade, and particularly in the past year, media and civil society have had success through naming and shaming companies acting as “repression's little helper”: U.S. and E.U. companies who have helped authoritarian countries censor …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google Cloud Print can now “print” to an Android device or local FedEx store  —  Although modern computing devices and software offer much richer ways to consume, manipulate, and share content, there are still people who prefer to put their documents and images on slices of dead tree.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Digital ecosystems: an in-depth comparison  —  Putting the six biggest digital ecosystems to the test to find out who excels where There was once a time when the business of consumer technology was conducted with tangible goods.  You bought a thing, whether it was a Sony VCR or a Sega console …
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Microsoft aims to make iPad an underdog with Windows 8  —  Will Windows 8 tablets hurt iPad market share?  —  (Credit: Brooke Crothers)  —  Microsoft reportedly hopes to push Apple's worldwide iPad market share under 50 percent by the middle of 2013 with Windows 8-based tablets, Digitimes reports today, citing unnamed sources.
Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
Sony Is Said to Gain Europe's Approval on $2.2 Billion EMI Bid  —  Sony has won European regulators' approval for its $2.2 billion takeover of EMI Music Publishing, which would create the largest catalog of songs in the world, according to a person briefed on the process.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung asserts eight more patents against Apple in California, including two FRAND patents  —  There's further escalation between Apple and Samsung.  —  In February, Apple brought a new U.S. federal lawsuit against Samsung, the second of its kind in the Northern District of California.
Avram Piltch / LAPTOP Mag:
HTC One S (T-Mobile) Review  —  One of the best looking phones we've ever had the pleasure of using, the HTC One S features an attractive gunmetal gray chassis with subtle curves at the top and bottom of the device.  Anodized aluminum material allows the back, sides and outer bezel …
Laura Stampler / Business Insider:
Tumblr Will Start Selling Ad Units On May 2  —  In a 2010 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Tumblr CEO and founder David Karp said, “We're pretty opposed to advertising.  It really turns our stomachs.”  —  How times have changed.  Karp announced at Ad Age's Digital Conference that on May 2 …
Scott Lowe / The Verge:
Game consoles consumed nearly 70 percent of their energy idling in 2010, study finds  —  A new study from a group of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University estimates that that roughly 68 percent of all energy consumed by game consoles in 2010 was spent in idle mode, wasting 10.8 TWh of energy …
More: CNET and VG247
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 …
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
San Francisco's Newest Accelerator Will Tackle This $172 Billion Market  —  Want to hear from top startups like Fab.com and Lot18?  And NY's top investors?  Join 800 innovation junkies at the Startup conference on May 3, 2012.  Register now.  —  There's a new accelerator in a town.

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