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April 30, 2012, 4:30 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.
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.
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 …
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Steven Musil / CNET:
Apple responds to tax criticism by highlighting job creation  —  Apple responded today to criticism that the company goes to great lengths to cut its global tax bill by billions of dollars every year, trumpeting the “incredible number of jobs” it has created.
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New York Times:
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Wrapp Brings Social, Mobile Gifting Service To The U.S.; Partners With The Gap, H&M And Others  —  Wrapp, a social gifting service backed by Greylock Partners and Atomico, is crossing the pond with the U.S. launch of its mobile gift card and retail app.  Wrapp, which was available previously …
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 …
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” …
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.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Be Concise!  - The Top Questions Asked At A Y Combinator Interview  —  As of yesterday Y Combinator began its marathon series of interviews to decide which startup teams will ultimately go through the - now world-renowned - program.  Interviews go on for five days.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Bill banning employer Facebook snooping introduced in Congress  —  Two members of Congress have introduced a bill that would ban the practice of requiring job applicants, employees or students to provide their social networking information.  —  The Social Networking Online Protection Act …
Nicholas Carr / Technology Review:
The Library of Utopia  —  Google's ambitious book-scanning program is foundering in the courts.  Now a Harvard-led group is launching its own sweeping effort to put our literary heritage online.  Will the Ivy League succeed where Silicon Valley failed?  —  In his 1938 book World Brain …

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