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April 30, 2012, 9:40 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 TUAWTweets: @noruweijin
Stephen Mangan / Reuters:
Nokia in advanced talks to sell luxury Vertu unit: FT  —  (Reuters) - Cellphone maker Nokia (NOK1V.HE) is in advanced talks to sell its UK subsidiary Vertu to private equity group Permira PERM.UL, the Financial Times reported.  —  Nokia, which last week had its credit rating cut to “junk” …
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Kickstarter Sets Off $7 Million Stampede for a Watch Not Yet Made  —  When Eric Migicovsky, an engineer, wanted to develop a line of wristwatches that could display information from an iPhone — like caller ID and text messages — he went the traditional route of asking venture capitalists to finance his company.
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 …
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 …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
TheFind launches Glimpse, a Pinterest rival built on Facebook likes  —  Pinterest's rise has helped highlight the value of social discovery over traditional search for shopping and the lesson hasn't been lost on competitors.  TheFind, a shopping search site with a trove of product data …

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