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April 26, 2012, 4:55 PM

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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) …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Why has Forrester's CEO become an Apple doomsayer?  —  According to the CEO of market research firm Forrester, Apple only has a few more good years left in it if Tim Cook's at the helm.  Apple's having a pretty good week.  After reporting what can only be described as blowout earnings yesterday …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Verizon's Summer / Fall 2012 smartphone roadmap  —  While Samsung's Galaxy S3 has been the star of the rumor show for the past few months — with BGR leading the pack — we now have a clear picture of the smartphone landscape for late summer and early fall this year.
Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
Spotify Said Developing Pandora-Like Online Radio Service  —  Spotify Ltd., the London-based online music provider, is developing a U.S. Internet radio service that would directly challenge Pandora Media Inc. (P), said two people with knowledge of the situation.
AJ Glasser / Inside Social Games:
Zynga reports highest ever bookings for Q1 at $329M  —  Zynga's made $329 million in bookings and $320 million in revenue for the first quarter of 2012, an increase of 15 percent and 32 percent year-on-year, respectively.  —  Daily active users are up 6 percent year-on-year from 62 million to 65 million.
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
New York Times R&D Group Launches First Commercial Product (and It's for Brands)  —  Ricochet Helps Brands Drive Traffic to Relevant Articles, Surrounded by the Right Ads  —  The New York Times R&D Lab has spent the last six and a half years building what its chief calls the equivalent of “concept cars” for the media world.
Supantha Mukherjee / Reuters:
Trimble Navigation to buy Google's SketchUp  —  (Reuters) - Trimble Navigation Ltd has agreed to buy SketchUp 3D modeling platform from Google Inc for an undisclosed price, the companies said.  —  As part of the SketchUp platform, Trimble will partner Google in developing SketchUp's 3D Warehouse …
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 …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Walmart.com Lets You Pay With Cash When Shopping Online  —  Walmart.com is launching today “Pay with Cash,” a new feature that enables users to place orders online and then pay for them at a nearby Walmart.  —  In an interview, Joel Anderson, president and CEO of Walmart.com …
Bloomberg:
Providence Said Selling Hulu Stake at $2 Billion Value  —  Hulu.com owners Walt Disney Co. (DIS), Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) and News Corp. (NWSA) are close to buying out Providence Equity Partners Inc.'s stake at a price that values the company at $2 billion, said two people with knowledge of the matter.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs' Plan for a Willy Wonka-Style Celebration of the Millionth iMac  —  Among the many anecdotes about Steve Jobs included in Ken Segall's new book, Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success, one in particular stands out for its glimpse into Jobs' character …
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 …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Google X founder takes Charlie Rose's picture from Project Glass headset  —  Google's Project Glass heads-up display was announced weeks ago, but nobody is sure whether the glasses are actually functional or if, as Sergey Brin has said, “you really just see [them] reboot.”
Electronista:
comScore: Amazon Kindle Fire is 54.4% of US Android tablets  —  comScore shows Kindle Fire propping up Android  —  Amazon's Kindle Fire now makes up the absolute majority of the Android tablet platform in the US, comScore found in a fresh study.  The e-reader and tablet crossover represented 54.4 percent …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Airbnb Streamlines Booking Process for Last-Minute Travel  —  The average reservation on Airbnb is made a month in advance, and completing a booking can take up to eight days.  —  So Airbnb has created an alternative booking service for last-minute travel that it calls Match …
Sarah Mitroff / VentureBeat:
VCs are feeling super confident after a dismal 2011, survey says  —  In the first quarter of 2012, investor confidence rose to the highest point it's been in more than a year.  The latest Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index — which measures how much statup investing confidence VCs have …
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
FTC hires outside attorney in Google antitrust case  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Signaling the gravity of the government's antitrust investigation against Google (GOOG), the Federal Trade Commission has hired a prominent Washington litigator to serve as its outside counsel in the case …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Yandex Q1 Earnings: Revenues Up 51% To $200.3M, Net Income Up 53% To $43M  —  Yandex, Russia's biggest search company, has posted Q1 earnings, with revenues up 51% to $200.3 million, and net income up 53% to $43 million.  —  The results beat analyst expectations: on average analysts expected revenues …

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