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April 26, 2012, 1:10 PM

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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Google wanted to subsidize a $9.99 unlimited data plan for Android phones  —  In documents revealed during the Oracle v. Google trial today, Google mentioned to T-Mobile back in 2006 that it wanted to turn the carrier plan pricing structure on its head by underwriting part of the cost of an unlimited data package.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
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
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.
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.
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
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 …
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Nintendo posts first annual loss of $460 million, predicts turnaround next year  —  Nintendo has announced its first annual operating loss following an initially lukewarm response to its new 3DS handheld and an aging Wii console — set to be replaced later this year.
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 …
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 …
Reuters:
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 …
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:
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Stealthy Shape Security Lands $6 Million From Kleiner Perkins and Eric Schmidt  —  There's an interesting new fundamental thought that's emerging among computer security companies.  The logic goes like this: First, your digital assets are going to be attacked.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Mon.ki Is Building A Rapportive For The Web  —  Prepare for the concept of the address book to be flipped.  Today, a startup called mon.ki is launching a new way for you to discover “who you know” by providing that information to you in the context of what you're viewing.
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.
AppleInsider:
One in four iPad purchases are made by first-time Apple owners  —  The iPad has been highly successful at drawing new customers to Apple, as a new study has found that about 25 percent of buyers in the U.S. have made the iPad their first-ever Apple product.  —  The data was released on Thursday …
Erin Bury / BetaKit:
HotelTonight's Same-Day Booking App Goes International  —  Same-day hotel booking app HotelTonight is announcing its first international expansion today, adding Canadian cities Toronto and Vancouver to its list of 30 featured locations.  The free app allows guests to book same-day hotels at a deep discount …

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