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April 24, 2012, 11:40 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Google Docs storage increased to 5GB ahead of Google Drive launch  —  All the signs of an imminent Google Drive launch point towards a 5GB offering, rumored to be made available soon.  Just hours after Reuters claimed Google's Drive service may launch as early as Tuesday …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Outs Google Drive On Its French Blog: Here Are All The Details  —  After years of rumors, it looks like the Google Drive has finally arrived.  While we are still waiting for official word from Google, but earlier today, the company apparently mistakenly posted the French translation …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Near-Final Version of Windows 8 Due in Early June  —  A near-final “release preview” version of Windows 8 is due in the first week of June, Microsoft confirmed late Monday.  —  Windows unit President Steven Sinofsky made the announcement at a Windows Developer Days event in Japan.
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Netflix not buying Comcast excuse about Xfinity data  —  In a letter to investors today, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings suggested that Comcast was competing unfairly in the streaming-video sector.  —  As part of his company's first-quarter earnings report, Hastings wrote that Comcast was providing …
Scott Moritz / Bloomberg:
AT&T Profit Beats Esitmates on Solid Wireless Growth  —  AT&T Inc. (T), the largest U.S. phone company, posted first-quarter earnings that beat analysts' estimates after wireless subscribers spent more on browsing the Web, downloading video and sending e-mail.
Wall Street Journal:
The Two-Horse Smartphone Race  —  Apple, Samsung Use Different Playbooks in Battle for Supremacy; For Rivals, It's Specialty vs. Scale  —  Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. should make it abundantly clear this week that the smartphone industry is increasingly dividing into the haves and have-nots.
More: 9to5Mac and BuzzFeed
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Firefox kills off favicon in URL bar  —  According to the blog of Mozilla Software Engineer Jared Wein, M.Sc, the Firefox team has just killed off the age-old favicon in yesterday's nightly build.  Wein states that the changes are set to arrive in the release channel in mid-July …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Feature: “The hidden side of your soul”: How the FBI uses the Web as a child porn honeypot  —  The e-mail arrived in James Charles Cafferty's inbox on July 14, 2011.  Unlike most unsolicited e-mail on the Internet, the message did not pitch mortgages, get rich quick scams, or penis pills.
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Adobe Pivots to New Target  —  New Focus on Sales to Marketing Pros Follows Flap With Apple Over Flash  —  Adobe Systems Inc. lost a high-profile battle with Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs over a video technology last year.  Now the software maker is reinventing itself as a one-stop technology shop for marketing departments.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Planetary's Riddle Solved: Snaring Close-By Asteroid  —  The riddle of the space asteroid start-up may be closer to being solved.  —  On Tuesday, Planetary Resources Inc. will outline in Seattle its plan to convince governments that the technology exists to snare an asteroid in space in the near future at a relatively low cost.
Royal Pingdom:
Current status of the “Browser Wars”  —  In this report we will examine the current status of what is often referred to as the “Browser Wars.”  How popular are the various web browsers around the world right now?  As you'll see, there are significant regional differences in web browser usage.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
U.S.'s first smartphone rail ticketing service headed for Boston  —  Boston rail commuters will soon have a mobile alternative to traditional paper tickets, allowing them to use their smartphones to buy and display their train tickets.  The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) …
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Citrus Lane Lands $5.1M Series A Funding For Subscription Baby Goods Delivery Service  —  Citrus Lane, the Mountain View, California-based e-commerce startup that provides a subscription delivery service of products specifically for families with infants and toddlers, has raised $5.1 million …
Dan Frommer / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft's Mobile Comeback Is Looking Terrible  —  Microsoft ruled the PC market for decades with utter dominance.  But today, as the future shifts toward mobile devices, things are not looking good for Microsoft.  It's not that it's not trying: Microsoft is spending a lot of money and effort …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Hurt Locker Makers Return to Sue 2,514 BitTorrent Users  —  After being honored with an Oscar for Best Motion Picture in 2010, the makers of The Hurt Locker went on to sue thousands of people who allegedly shared the film online.  —  Movie studio Voltage Pictures was not only one of the first studios …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Android trojan steals keystrokes using phone movements (Updated)  —  Computer scientists have devised an attack that logs phone numbers, Social Security IDs, and personal identification numbers entered into smartphones by monitoring the devices' integrated motion sensors.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
PinDollars Brings Affiliate Links Back to Pinterest — But Gives Money Directly to Pinners  —  Here's a little hack meant to nudge Pinterest into sharing revenue with its curators.  PinDollars is a substitute for Pinterest's bookmarklet that scans pinned items and attaches affiliate links to related products when appropriate.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Amended S-1: 901 Million Users, 500M Mobile, Paid $300M Cash + 23M Shares For Instagram  —  Facebook has just filed a fourth amendment to its S-1 to IPO that notes that it now has 500 million mobile users, 901 million monthly active users, and that it paid 23 million shares at $30.89 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Predicted to Discontinue 17-Inch MacBook Pro  —  Research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has in the past offered accurate information on Apple's Mac product roadmap, recently took on a new position with KGI Securities and has published a new report today indicating that Apple may be preparing …
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
ARM reports revenues up 13 percent, bicep-curling profits up 22 percent  —  UK-based chip designer ARM just announced another booming quarter, with revenue up by 13 percent to $209.4 million.  Pre-tax profits were even stronger, growing 22 percent year-over-year to $100 million.

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