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April 27, 2012, 6:15 PM

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Reuters:
Exclusive: Apple courts Hollywood for upcoming TV: sources  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc began talks earlier this year to stream films owned by EPIX, which is backed by three major movie studios, on devices including a long-anticipated TV, according to two people with knowledge of the negotiations.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Apple kills Chomp for Android  —  Apple acquired app discovery service Chomp earlier this year, betting that it would help make app discovery easier and better on its iTunes Appstore.  The casualty of that acquisition is the Chomp for Android app which seems to have been discontinued.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
All-Star Cast Invests 750K In Ben Huh And Matt Galligan's Mobile News Startup Circa  —  SimpleGeo's Matt Galligan and Icanhascheezburger's Ben Huh have teamed up to change the way people consume news via mobile.  Their startup Circa, which boasts a newsworthy list of advisors …
More: Betabeat, GeekWire and Circa BlogTweets: @benhuh
Brad Sams / Neowin:
HP is working on x86 Windows 8 tablet, rough render exposed  —  Windows 8 news comes from a variety of sources.  Sometimes it comes from the Windows 8 fountain and other times it comes from sources familiar with company's plans.  —  This time around we have some information from a trusted source …
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
How CISPA would affect you (faq)  —  CISPA may have cleared the U.S. House of Representatives, but the fight isn't over.  It's shifted to the U.S. Senate.  Here's CNET's FAQ on what you need to know about this particularly controversial Internet bill.  —  Follow @declanm
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon settles $269M Texas tax bill with jobs, investment and ‘immaterial payment’  —  Amazon.com has reached a settlement in one of its largest and longest-running state tax disputes, reaching a deal with the Texas comptroller to resolve the state's claims that the company owed some $269 million in back taxes in the state.
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Lead Android developer thinks a five-month wait for an update is ‘very reasonable’  —  Jean-Baptiste Queru, technical lead on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), has revealed his opinion on the current state of the project and the lengthy waits users face for updates.
Cade Metz / Wired:
Say Hello to Windows Azure, The World's Most Misunderstood Cloud  —  Jeremy Howard sees Silicon Valley as an echo chamber.  He recently moved to Northern California from Australia, looking to improve the fortunes of his startup, an ingenious operation known as Kaggle, and he soon found …
Eric Randall / The Atlantic Wire:
Are You a Klouchebag?  —  Klouchebag.com, a new parody of Klout, is the most entertaining expression we've seen of a growing backlash against the clout-measuring service's recent spate of media attention.  Klout is a service that measures your influence across various social networks based …
comScore, Inc.:
Tablet Competition Heats Up: Kindle Fire Captures more than Half of Android Tablet Market  —  10" Tablets Have 39 Percent Higher Content Consumption Rate than 7" Tablets  —  comScore Device Essentials™ Introduces Unique Device and Local Market Reporting to Cross-Device Digital Traffic Measurement
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
T.G.I. Fridays lets diners pay with smartphones using Tabbedout  —  Casual food restaurant chain T.G.I. Fridays has become the first national chain to incorporate a mobile payment option called Tabbedout, which will allow diners to open a tab and pay their bill right from their smartphone.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Drive Arrives In ChromeOS Developer Channel  —  Ever since Google released its cloud storage service Google Drive earlier this week, there has been some speculation as to what its integration with ChromeOS, Google's cloud-centric operating system, would look like.
Lior Abraham / Facebook:
Under the hood: Data diving with Scuba  —  At Facebook, we often find ourselves seeking very specific answers to complicated questions.  Whether we're diagnosing a performance regression or measuring the impact of an infrastructure change, we want data, and we want it fast.
More: Ars Technica and GigaOM
Tasneem Raja / MoJo Articles:
“Gangbang Interviews” and “Bikini Shots”: Silicon Valley's Brogrammer Problem  —  For startups like Path, recasting geek identity with a frathouse swagger is a dangerous game.  —  Quora (left and right); Geeklist (center)  —  At the South by Southwest Interactive festival in March …
More: BostInno and Betabeat
Bloomberg:
Samsung Ends Nokia's 14-Year Run as World's Biggest Phone Maker  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) overtook Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) as the world's biggest vendor of mobile-phones last quarter, ending the Finnish company's 14-year run as the global industry leader, according to researcher Strategy Analytics.

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