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April 22, 2012, 11:20 AM

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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.
More: Business InsiderTweets: @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: GigaOM and 9to5GoogleTweets: @johnolilly
Paul Sloan / CNET:
Meet the ‘Mann’ who registered 14,962 domains in 24 hours  —  Mike Mann, sporting a costume that suits his bluster.  —  The next time you find yourself pounding your keyboard in frustration because the domain name you want is already taken, direct your ire toward Mike Mann.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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?

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