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April 26, 2012, 6:10 PM

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Dan Farber / CNET:
Former Sun CEO says Google's Android didn't need license for Java APIs  —  Jonathan Schwartz (Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Former Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz took the stand here today as a witness for the defense, and disputed Oracle's claim that Java APIs were proprietary code from Sun.
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Q1 2012: Revenue Up 34 Percent To $13.2B, Net Income Down 35 Percent  —  Amazon just reported earnings for the first quarter of 2012.  Net sales increased 34% to $13.18 billion in the first quarter, compared with $9.86 billion in first quarter 2011.
George Colony / Forrester Blogs:
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
With over 200M users, Google Translate processes 1 million books worth of text a day  —  I have to say that I never really found Google Translate all that useful until I started traveling internationally.  Thanks to the service, I was able to translate tweets from Hebrew into English within seconds …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Best Buy Connect no longer accepting new activations, service to end June 1st (update: confirmed)  —  Remember Best Buy Connect?  If so, you'll soon have a few more megabytes of humanized DDR3 freed up, as it appears that the retail giant is ready to put the kibosh on its own branded mobile …
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 …

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