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April 26, 2012, 4:35 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) …
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.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Google tries to win on a technicality, claims Oracle's Java copyrights were filed wrong  —  Things just took a very interesting turn in the Oracle vs. Google courtroom.  Google's attorneys just asked to introduce two documents into evidence from the US Copyright Office that show there's …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.”
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 …
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 …
Tony Romm / Politico:
Google rebuffs FCC over ‘Wi-Spy’ flap  —  Google rejected the FCC's argument that the company obstructed an investigation of the so-called Wi-Spy privacy flap — blaming the FCC in part for the delay — in a stinging rebuke filed with the agency Thursday.  —  At the same time …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
UK, US seize 36 domains tied to financial fraud  —  British and US authorities have moved to seize 36 domain names associated with websites being used to traffic in stolen payment card data.  The UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) said in a release issued today that the sites used …

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