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April 21, 2012, 11:55 AM

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Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Android, Java, and the tech behind Oracle v. Google (FAQ)  —  The eyeless, mouthless Java mascot named Duke cartwheels across a T-shirt from a JavaOne conference.  —  (Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)  —  Sun Microsystems' years-long effort to profit from Java has come to this …
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.
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Nvidia: Smartphone graphics to best Xbox 360 by 2014  —  There once was a time when mobile platforms never had a chance of matching game consoles.  That's about to change, says chipmaker Nvidia.  —  Infinity Blade Dungeons on display at the new iPad unveiling.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy S III listing appears on Amazon Germany: 4.7-inch screen, 12-megapixel camera  —  We know that Samsung considers its lockdown around the upcoming Galaxy S III the tightest in the company's history, but it may have just sprung a leak — thanks to Amazon Germany.  —  Developing...
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 …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Instagram restricts ‘thinspiration’ hashtags and bans accounts that glorify self-harm like cutting  —  Instagram has taken action to prevent users of its service from ‘glorifying self-harm’ and using it to promote extreme weight-loss topics like anorexia and bulemia.
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, Neowin and MacNN
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Splunk CEO Twice Zuckerberg's Age Sees Stock Soar in IPO  —  Splunk Inc.'s Godfrey Sullivan doesn't fit the profile of the young hotshot Silicon Valley executive.  At age 58, he's been in the technology industry longer than Facebook Inc. (FB)'s Mark Zuckerberg has been alive.
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
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Forecast: Mobile content, ad sales to hit $67B in 2012  —  Mobile media content is going centre-stage.  —  So much so that, in 2012, global revenue from mobile advertising and content will hit $67 billion, according to a new Strategy Analytics forecast.  —  That is the remainder …
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 …
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 …

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