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April 30, 2012, 7:50 AM

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Chris Dixon:
Is it a tech bubble?  —  Every week a “we are in a tech bubble” article seems to come out in a major newspaper or blog.  People who argue we aren't in a bubble are casually dismissed as promoting their own interests.  I'd argue the situation is far more nuanced and that people who engage in this debate should consider the following:
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Start-Ups Keep Revenue at Zero to Cash In on Acquisition  —  The gears of Silicon Valley continue to mesh and turn because of money, not necessarily technological innovations.  And there are certain things about that money machine that denizens of the Valley would rather keep quiet.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Makes $300M Investment In New Barnes & Noble Subsidiary To Battle With Amazon And Apple In E-books  —  Barnes & Noble has found a new, major partner in its fight to get an edge over Amazon and Apple in the heating up market for e-books and the devices being used to consume them …
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Apple Is Doomed: The Phony Sony Parallel  —  In the weeks preceding the April 24th release of Apple's quarterly earnings, a number of old canards sent the stock down by about 12%: Carriers are going to kill the iPhone Golden Goose by cutting back “exorbitant” subsidies; iPhone sales …
More: Guardian, TechEye and ComputerworldTweets: @noruweijin
Wall Street Journal:
Big Data's Big Problem: Little Talent  —  It seems that the markets are as much in love with “Big Data”—the ability to acquire, process and sort vast quantities of data in real time—as the technology industry.  —  The first Big Data initial public offering hit the market last week to roaring approval.
Ryan Leavengood / IEEE Spectrum:
The Dawn of Haiku OS  —  How a volunteer crew brought a crack operating system back  —  It was the summer of 2001, and computer programmer Michael Phipps had a problem: His favorite operating system, BeOS, was about to go extinct.  Having an emotional attachment to a piece of software …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Google to court: Galaxy Nexus code is closed just like that of the iPhone  —  Apple and Google routinely have discovery disputes.  Apple's second California action against Samsung, which includes a motion for a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Nexus, is already the eighth U.S. lawsuit …
Steve James / Reuters:
Apple, Google could join Dow index: Barron's  —  The Dow Jones Industrial Average stock index is due for an overhaul, and new-tech giants like Apple Inc and Google have good arguments for joining the elite 30 companies at the expense of old-industry stalwarts like Alcoa Inc, Barron's said on Sunday.
Sydney Morning Herald:
Parliament probes technology price gouge  —  Apple and Microsoft will be among technology companies asked to explain to Parliament why Australians pay much more for music and game downloads from iTunes, for example, than overseas customers.  Federal Labor politicians are hoping the publicity generated …

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