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April 21, 2012, 1:50 AM

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Nicole Perlroth / Bits:
How Andreessen Horowitz Bunted on an Instagram Investment  —  Updated Added comment from Ben Horowitz of Andreessen Horowitz.  —  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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Megaupload Trial May Never Happen, Judge Says  —  The US Government accuses Kim Dotcom and the rest of the “Mega Conspiracy” of running a criminal operation.  —  Charges in the indictment include engaging in a racketeering conspiracy, conspiring to commit copyright infringement …
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.
Michael Kan / Macworld:
Apple in talks with iPad trademark challenger to try and settle dispute  —  Apple and a Chinese company have started talks to try and resolve an ongoing legal dispute over the iPad trademark, according to a lawyer involved in the case.  —  Ma Dongxiao, a lawyer representing the Chinese company Proview …
Reuters:
Exclusive: BlackBerry maker hires law firm for restructuring  —  (Reuters) - BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has hired law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP to work out a restructuring plan that could include selling assets, seeking joint ventures or licensing patents, people briefed on the matter said.
More: The Verge
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Share to ‘Drive’ spotted on Google developer's phone  —  At this point, Google Drive is perpetually coming out next week, but one of our forum members has just pointed us towards what appears to be a Google employee using Drive on a company phone.  Today's Android Developers Hangout showcased …
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
If You Have a Smart Phone, Anyone Can Now Track Your Every Move  —  Navizon I.T.S. makes it easy to pinpoint Wi-Fi devices anywhere its listening nodes are installed.  —  Location services company Navizon has a new system, called Navizon I.T.S., that could allow tracking of visitors in malls …
More: CNET and IntoMobileTweets: @qthrul
Jason Magder / Montreal Gazette:
Ebook price-fixing: Apple, publishers face class action in Montreal  —  Apple's iBooks 2 app shown to the media at the Guggenheim Museum January 19, 2012 in New York City.  It was reported on April 11, 2012, that the U.S. Justice Department announced an anti-trust lawsuit filed against Apple …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) now hitting unlocked Galaxy S II in America  —  See that?  That's the sign that awoke yours truly this morning.  And that just happens to be confirmation that the long-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update is finally coming to unlocked (read …
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.
Dan Pearson / GamesIndustry International:
Game-specific Kickstarter alternative to launch at E3  —  Gambitious to operate on system of shares and dividends  —  A new, game-specific alternative to Kickstarter is due to launch at this year's E3, coming from Dutch company Gambitious.  —  The scheme will allow investors to buy shares …
Edward Moyer / CNET:
Firm that makes tech for museum displays sues Apple over touch  —  A company that designed touch-screen technology in the mid-'90s for use in video displays for museum exhibits and the like has sued Apple, saying the iPad, iPhone, and other devices infringe on one of its patents.
More: 9to5Mac
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
4G handset shipments tipped to hit 61 million in 2012, but compatibility limits customer uptake worldwide  —  Worldwide shipments of 4G-compatible smartphones and tablets are tipped to reach 61 million this year, but the increase in stock at retail outlets is seeing differing levels of interest …
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.
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Antivirus Researchers Confirm: Flashback Still Infects More Than 500,000 Macs  —  Dr. Web's count of Macs actively running Flashback over the last weeks, showing more than half a million machines still infected.  —  On Wednesday, I wrote that antivirus firms disagreed by enormous margins …
Dennis Howlett / ZDNet:
Feds nix Oracle blanket contract  —  Last year Oracle agreed to settle with the General Services Administration (GSA) to the tune of $199 million in a reputation damaging case which saw Oracle accused of overcharging some government agencies.  Today, we hear that as of May 17th, Oracle's GSA IT Schedule 70 contract is being terminated.

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