April 29, 2012, 6:05 AM

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New York Times:
How Apple Sidesteps Billions in Global Taxes  —  Apple, the world's most profitable technology company, doesn't design iPhones here.  It doesn't run AppleCare customer service from this city.  And it doesn't manufacture MacBooks or iPads anywhere nearby.  Yet, with a handful of employees …
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Exclusive: Google releases FCC report on Street View probe  —  Google has released the full report of the Federal Communications Commission's investigation into the data it collected and stored from millions of unknowing households across the nation while operating specially equipped cars for its Street View service.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Google Engineer Told Others of Data Collection, Full Version of F.C.C. Report Reveals  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google's harvesting of e-mails, passwords and other sensitive personal information from unsuspecting households in the United States and around the world was neither a mistake nor the work …
More: Wired
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: The $1.2 Billion Inside Story of How Demand Media Almost Went Private Last Week (And Then Didn't)  —  According to sources close to the situation, Demand Media was deep into discussions with a private equity firm to complete a deal that would have taken the online content company private, for almost double its current value.
Semil Shah / TechCrunch:
The Seven Forces Disrupting Venture Capital  —  Editor's Note: TechCrunch columnist Semil Shah currently works at Votizen and is based in Palo Alto.  You can follow him on Twitter @semil  —  For the past few years, I have read over what seems like hundreds of blogs and thousands of tweets …
James Trew / Engadget:
Woz: Windows Phone is ‘beautiful,’ Android ‘no contest,’ still loves iPhone, ask again tomorrow  —  When Steve Wozniak talks mobile, people love to listen.  Last time we checked in, he was lauding some of Android's finer points, and now he's raining praise on Windows Phone.
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
Get Rich U.  — There are no walls between Stanford and Silicon Valley.  Should there be?  —  Stanford University is so startlingly paradisial, so fragrant and sunny, it's as if you could eat from the trees and live happily forever.  Students ride their bikes through manicured quads …
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
The FBI Workaround For Private Companies To Share Information With Law Enforcement Without CISPA  —  The NCFTA “functions as a conduit between private industry and law enforcement.”  (Art from the site)  —  A debate is currently raging in Washington, D.C. and various politically-engaged spots …
More: Techdirt and Slashdot
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Chinese Web giant Sina admits slow application of microblog rules, fears new government crackdown  —  Sina, the Chinese Internet giant behind popular Twitter-like service Sina Weibo, has admitted that it is yet to fully apply China's ‘real name’ verification rules and fears the impact …
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