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April 26, 2012, 2:15 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 …
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.
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 …
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:
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 …
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.
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.
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:
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …

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