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April 20, 2012, 4:20 PM

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Siu Han / DigiTimes:
Apple next-generation iPhone likely to adopt in-cell touch panels, say sources  —  Apple's new iPhone, which is expected to be released in the third quarter of 2012, is likely to adopt in-cell touch panels rolled out by Sharp and Toshiba Mobile Display (TMD), according to sources in Apple's supply chain.
Paul Paliath / Redmond Pie:
Next iPhone To Use In-Cell Touch Panels, Will Make The Device Significantly Thinner [REPORT]  —  The next-generation iPhone which Apple will be releasing sometime later this year might just be implementing in-cell touch panels produced by Sharp and Toshiba, according to a report from DigiTimes.
Angela Watercutter / Wired:
Anontune: The New Social Music Platform From Anonymous  —  In a move sure to attract attention from the music industry, a small group of coders claiming to be part of Anonymous is putting together a social music platform.  The rather ambitious goal: Create a service that seamlessly pulls up songs streaming from all around the internet.
Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
Anonymous builds its own Pastebin-like site  —  Hacker group Anonymous and the People's Liberation Front have created a data-sharing site called AnonPaste, meant to host pastes of code and other messages without any moderation or censorship of the information posted.
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Travis Pope / enConnected:
Skype on Xbox team official, Metro development techniques coming to Xbox?  —  It's no news to most Microsoft watchers; if Microsoft is going to make good on those promises of bringing Skype to it's entire consumer product portfolio, Skye on Xbox LIVE has to happen at some point.
Conor Humphries / Reuters:
Apple announces 500 new jobs in Ireland  —  (Reuters) - Apple is to hire 500 people in Ireland in the latest boost to the indebted euro zone country's multinational sector, one of the few bright spots in a struggling economy.  —  The consumer electronics giant will increase the headcount …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Cloudflare's Instaflare is an Instagram for all the images on your website — Seriously  —  Having a bit of fun with all the Instagram hype these days, the website optimization service Cloudflare has launched Instaflare, a cheeky new feature that will let users of its platform apply filters to all of the images on your site.
Ben Popper / VentureBeat:
Kickstarter funding explodes, on pace to triple this year to around $300M  —  We've been reporting on a lot of very cool tech and gaming projects that have found huge success on the New York based crowdfunding platform Kickstarter this year.  The site, which never had a million dollar project before 2012 …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
YouTube faces massive music royalty bill in German copyright case  —  Summary: YouTube could face a massive royalties bill after a court case went against the video-sharing site.  The ruling also ruled that YouTube alone is responsible for its users' submissions.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Chumby no more: employees at Technicolor, technology waiting to be sold  —  The Chumby widget platform has gone through a number of permutations over the years, but it appears the ride is over for now: we just confirmed with former CEO Derrick Oien that Chumby as a company is no more.
More: BuzzFeed
Sarah Mitroff / VentureBeat:
WeVideo gets $19.1M to collaboratively edit videos online  —  WeVideo, a cloud-based collaborative video editor, just raised $19.1 million in its first round of funding.  The service lets you edit videos in a browser, instead of using pricey software like Final Cut Pro.
Nicole Perlroth / Bits:
How Andreessen Horowitz Fumbled an Instagram Investment  —  Marc Andreessen, the Netscape co-founder who went on to use his considerable wealth to finance scores of Silicon Valley start-ups, is regarded as one of the smartest technology investors.  His wins have been spectacular: Skype, LinkedIn, and, one day if all goes well, Twitter.
Tweets: @dannysullivan
9to5Mac:
Apple Marketing SVP Phil Schiller dumps Instagram over expansion to Android  —  Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is not the only photo-loving business executive upset by Instagram in recent weeks.  While Dorsey stopped posting photos from his Instagram after Facebook reportedly beat his Twitter …
Reuters:
Nokia loses IPCom patent case in German court  —  (Reuters) - Nokia lost a court case on Friday after a regional court in Mannheim, Germany, found the Finnish mobile phone company had violated patents belonging to German patent firm IPCom.  —  Nokia spokesman Mark Durrant said the ruling affected phones that were no longer being sold.
Facebook:
Live, from Forest City: Facebook's second data center now online  —  We're thrilled to announce that our new data center in Forest City, North Carolina, is now online and serving live user traffic.  In the 16 months since we broke ground on the facility, a tremendous amount of effort …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Spring Cleaning: Google Shuts Down Patent Search Homepage, One Pass, Google Related & More  —  Ever since Larry Page took over as Google's CEO, the company has shut down more and more of its products that were only being used by a limited number of users.  Today, the company announced another round of “spring cleaning.”
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Agrees to Invest $250 Million at Oregon Data Center Site  —  Associated Press reports that Apple has reached a deal with local governments to finalize its plans for a new data center in Prineville, Oregon.  According to the report, Apple has agreed to invest $250 million in facilities …
Jonathan Browning / Bloomberg:
LightSquared Makes Inmarsat Payment to Win Time for Talks  —  Philip Falcone's LightSquared Inc. made an outstanding $56.3 million payment to Britain's Inmarsat Plc (ISAT) related to a spectrum-cooperation accord and was granted an extension on further installments, gaining more time to win approval …
Dan Howley / LAPTOP Magazine:
Cadillac Could Have Self-Driving Car by Mid-Decade  —  Google isn't the only company working on a self-driving car.  Cadillac today announced that it is actively road testing a semi-autonomous system called Super Cruise that can control a vehicle's steering, braking and lane-centering capabilities.
Jay Alabaster / PC World:
Sony to Launch 5GB Online Photo Sharing Service Next Week  —  Sony said Friday it will launch its online photo sharing service, “PlayMemories Online,” next week.  —  The service will initially be available in six countries — Japan, the U.S., Canada, Germany, France, and the U.K. — from May 25, and will offer 5GB of free storage.
More: SlashGear and EngadgetTweets: @jspepper

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