April 21, 2012, 8:20 PM

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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 …
Tobias Ahlin:
Skeumorphism & 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
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.
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Creative Artists Agency gets into celebrity tech start-ups  —  When Matt Kozlov walks through the halls of the super-powerful Hollywood talent agency Creative Artists Agency each morning, he works alongside agents and managers for George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston.  His job?
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...
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 …
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.
More: Dave Winer's … and BitsThanks:@sarahfrier
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.

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