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April 22, 2012, 4:35 PM

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Quora Is Raising At A $400M Valuation, With D'Angelo Putting In His Own Money  —  It's really beautiful outside.  Like so beautiful if San Francisco is like this more often it will become really expensive to live here.  Also, Quora is raising money according to the multiple people in the past week.
Tweets: @tristanwalker and @semil
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 review  —  It doesn't feel like a year has passed since we reviewed the original ASUS Transformer and its innovative keyboard dock, but indeed time flies, and quite a bit has happened since then.  The company has released the Prime, for starters, followed by two other high-end models.
Scott Merrill / TechCrunch:
An Interview With Linus Torvalds  —  The Millenium Technology Prize, awarded every two years, is a Finnish award designed “to improve the quality of life and to promote sustainable development-oriented research, development and innovation.”  Sir Tim Berners-Lee won the prize in 2004.
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Don't Be Evil, but Don't Miss the Train  —  BACK in 2004, as Google prepared to go public, Larry Page and Sergey Brin celebrated the maxim that was supposed to define their company: “Don't be evil.”  —  But these days, a lot of people — at least the mere mortals outside the Googleplex …
More: GigaOMTweets: @johnolilly
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Skype for Windows Phone version 1.0 released, no longer considered beta  —  Microsoft promised a full version of its Skype for Windows Phone software in April back when the original beta was released at Mobile World Congress earlier this year.  The company delivered on that promise today …
Jason Crawford:
How to cope with the Gmail redesign  —  Reports are coming in from around the Internet that the Gmail redesign, which we were previously able to stave off with “revert to the old look temporarily”, is now forcing itself upon us.  I too have succumbed to the new design, and have been forced to find ways to cope.
Tweets: @davechensky and @paulg
Tobias Ahlin:
Skeuomorphism & Storytelling  —  Designers love to hate skeumorphism.  It's just decoration, they say.  It's completely useless.  It will go out of style.  Or as Mark Boulton, co-founder of Five Simple Steps, put it on twitter: … Yet Apple and many other software developers continue to use it heavily in some of their apps.
More: OSNews and BuzzFeed
Joshua Brustein / Bits:
Tomorrow's Privacy Struggles, On Display Today  —  The thorny privacy issues of tomorrow were on display Thursday morning, when AT&T showed off a batch of technologies under development at AT&T Labs, the company's research arm.  —  Researchers showed off door handles that unlock when you tap …
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 …
Felix Salmon / Wired:
Why Internet/GDP Ratios Make No Sense  —  On Monday, the Economist reprinted a chart from a BCG report, which purported to show the contribution of “the internet” to the total GDP of various different countries.  Britain comes out on top, with an internet-to-GDP ratio of 8.3%; it's followed by Korea …
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