April 26, 2012, 10:40 AM

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Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
This was the original ‘Google Phone’ presented in 2006  —  Two years before the T-Mobile G1 introduced to the world to Android, Google presented carriers with the “Google Phone — a device that looked a lot more like the portrait QWERTY Android prototype shown in early 2008.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Why has Forrester's CEO become an Apple doomsayer?  —  Apple's Tim Cook at a company event in 2010.  —  (Credit: Josh Lowensohn/CNET)  —  Apple's having a pretty good week.  After reporting what can only be described as blowout earnings yesterday, its stock price made a huge recovery today.
George Colony / Forrester Blogs:
Apple = Sony  —  Apple will decline in the post Steve Jobs era.  Here's why.  —  Sociologist Max Weber created a typology of organizations in his 1947 book The Theory of Social and Economic Organization.  He described three categories: 1) Legal/bureaucratic (think IBM or the U.S. government) …
Steve Evans / Computer Business Review:
Apple ‘10 years’ behind Microsoft on security: Kaspersky  —  Welcome to Microsoft's world, Eugene Kaspersky tells Apple  —  The recent Flashback/Flashfake malware outbreak targeting Apple's Mac computers is likely to be just the start of a new wave of attacks aimed at the system …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Samsung announces 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Quad processor for ‘next Galaxy smartphone’  —  Samsung apparently couldn't wait for its big ‘Next Galaxy’ announcement to give us the detail on the chip that will power it.  Dubbed the “Exynos 4 Quad,” the chip will run at 1.4GHz per core and is based on the ARM Cortex A9.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD: Lets You Pay With Cash When Shopping Online  — is launching today “Pay with Cash,” a new feature that enables users to place orders online and then pay for them at a nearby Wal-Mart.  —  In an interview, Joel Anderson, president and CEO of said the new feature …
More: TechCrunch
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Finally, Professional Social Network LinkedIn Gives Users An iPad App  —  Although the iPad has been available for more than two years, LinkedIn has yet to offer its users a native app despite the fact that mobile engagement has been growing at a fast pace for the network.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Creative Monopoly  —  As a young man, Peter Thiel competed to get into Stanford.  Then he competed to get into Stanford Law School.  Then he competed to become a clerk for a federal judge.  Thiel won all those competitions.  But then he competed to get a Supreme Court clerkship.
More: Forbes
Topher Kessler / CNET:
SSD prices may drop following impending price war  —  In September of last year, slowdowns in the growth of the PC market led to a surplus of OEM RAM supplies and resulted in massive drops in prices for RAM in the following months.  This made upgrades to higher-density RAM chips much more feasible …
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
WordPress Is Now A ~$50 Million Business, But It Still Won't Take My Money  —  Hey, look at that.  WordPress is becoming a decent business.  But it's still passing up an important segment of the market — sites like this one.  —  Here's All Things D's Liz Gannes on Automattic, the WordPress parent company:
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Amazon Starts Bringing the Art of Recommendations to Daily Deals  —  Amazon is taking its first step in bringing the recommendation technology that the e-commerce site is known for to the daily deals space.  —  To be sure, no one has yet solved targeting in the space …
More: TechFlash
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Groupon Must Avoid Taking ‘Stupid Risks,’ CEO Says  —  On the heels of an embarrassing financial revision last month, Groupon Inc. is seeking to steady the ship.  —  The Chicago-based daily deals site is expected to announce several new senior executive hires in the coming weeks and is in talks …
Cade Metz / Wired:
Google Set to Meld GDrive With Chrome OS  —  Google senior vice president Sundar Pichai says the GDrive will soon be integrated with the company's Chrome OS operating system.  Image: Flickr/niallkennedy  —  Google will tightly integrate its new Google Drive online storage service …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Judge to Oracle: No, you can't assert another patent against Google  —  That was quick.  One day after Oracle asked for the right to assert a third patent against Google in the ongoing Android/Java intellectual property trial, Judge William Alsup has ordered that it is too late to introduce the patent into the case.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
CrowdStar No Longer Developing Social Games for Facebook  —  CrowdStar's CEO Peter Relan said in an interview that the longtime social games maker is no longer developing for Facebook.  —  Instead, the company is focused on building games for smartphones.  —  “We are maintaining the old games …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
For Apple, China Is Middle Kingdom  —  Sales of Apple iPhones and iPads in greater China are skyrocketing, with five times as many iPhones sold in the latest quarter as a year earlier.  How far will China take Apple?  The WSJ's Deborah Kan speaks to Dow Jones' Yun-Hee Kim.
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
The real reason Facebook's IPO will be delayed: 15-30% drop in new tech stocks  —  Facebook's IPO was scheduled for May 2012, or so every analyst across the country was saying a couple months ago.  However, that just ain't gonna happen, and we're here to tell you why.
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Ben Chiang / TechCrunch:
Amazon May Finally Be Ready To Battle Apple In China With Kindle Debut  —  Ben Chiang, is an editor at TechNode, a bilingual blog based in China.  —  Are Amazon's Kindle tablets and e-readers ready to break into the world's biggest market?  We've spotted some Chinese Help documentation …
Indian online retailer HomeShop18 eyes $100 mln U.S. IPO  —  * To invest in technology and back-end infrastructure  —  * CEO says open to listing but can't give any timeframe  —  Indian media group Network 18 is moving towards a U.S. listing of its wholly owned online retail arm, HomeShop18 …
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Please Welcome TechCrunch's New COO, Veteran Exec And Entrepreneur Ned Desmond  —  There's lots going on behind the scenes here at TechCrunch — not only are we hiring top writers and putting together a kick-ass lineup for Disrupt in New York next month, we're also getting a chief operating officer …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
MarkaVIP Secures $10 Million As The Middle East Takes Off  —  Online private sales burst onto the scene a few years ago in the shape of Vente Privee in Europe and, later, Gilt in the US.  It's a model we all know and love - and it's rapidly proving a model with which emerging economies are, well, rather obsessed.

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