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April 30, 2012, 4:25 PM

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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 …
BBC:
The Pirate Bay must be blocked by UK ISPs, court rules  —  The Pirate Bay is hosted in Sweden, where it has an active supporter base  —  File-sharing site The Pirate Bay must be blocked by UK internet service providers, the High Court has ruled.  —  The Swedish website hosts links to download mostly-pirated free music and video.
Dan Farber / CNET:
Java creator James Gosling: “Google totally slimed Sun”  —  Gosling said that Sun was “wronged” by Google, and that Oracle is right to sue Google for the way it used Java code in Android.  —  Follow @dbfarber  —  James Gosling speaks at JavaOne conference in San Francisco in May 2007.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Verizon launches $80 prepaid plan with 1GB of data and unlimited talk / text, plus a prepaid MiFi hotspot  —  Verizon's looking to put some pressure on the prepaid carriers of the world — the company just announced a new $80 prepaid plan that offers unlimited calling, texting, and 1GB of data.
More: Gizmodo, CNET and Engadget
Mor Naaman / GigaOM:
Apple squared, (four)squared  —  I was down in Soho last week, visiting (of course) the new Manhattan REI store.  After the shopping spree, I pulled out my iPhone and found a dinner recommendation on Explore: five of my friends had eaten at La Esquina, several of them more than once.  Bingo.
Martin Brinkmann / gHacks Technology News:
Skype Reveals Remote and Local IP Address Of All Online Users  —  If you are a user of the messaging software Skype, you know that you can see the location of your contacts in the Skype interface.  What you probably do not know is that there is currently a way to display a Skype user's remote and local IP address as well.
Michelle Levi / ABC News:
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg Reveal a New Tool on Facebook that Could Save Lives in Exclusive Interviews with ABC's Robin Roberts and Diane Sawyer  —  Zuckerberg Interview to Air on “Good Morning America” and Sandberg Interview to Air on “World News with Diane Sawyer” Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
Theoretical physicist explains why Moore's Law will collapse  —  Moore's Law has been around since 1965 when Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore described it in a paper.  Since that day, the law has been in full effect, and the number of transistors placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit has roughly doubled every two years.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Apple and Taxes: What the New York Times Missed  —  I have never seen the exterior of the offices of Braeburn Capital in Reno, Nevada, and so I have the New York Times to thank for the photograph of its offices that accompanied its Sunday front-page story on how Apple avoids paying certain taxes …
Paul Miller / The Verge:
I'm leaving the internet for a year  —  At midnight tonight I will leave the internet.  I'm abandoning one of my “top 5” technological innovations of all time for a little peace and quiet.  If I can survive the separation, I'm going to do this for a year.  Yeah, I'm serious.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Socialcam Nabs Angel Funding From The A-List: Yuri Milner, Tim Draper, Laurene Powell Jobs, And More  —  The race to be the “Instagram for video” is hotter than ever, and Socialcam, the app that spun out of video sharing pioneer Justin.tv last year and was part of Y Combinator's winter 2012 class, is hustling hard for the lead.
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Groupon Now hits 1.5 million deals, outpacing original Groupon  —  Groupon Now has gotten off to a good start.  —  (Credit: Screenshot by Jessica Dolcourt/CNET)  —  The original Groupon platform might have set the stage, but Groupon Now has gotten off to an even better start.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
LG To Pull Away From Windows Phone's Loving Embrace, Refocus On Android  —  Sure, Windows Phone is still but a baby alongside Android and iOS, but the platform shows promise.  Woz likes it.  And the fact that it's backed by hardware partners like Samsung and Nokia says good things, as well.
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 …
Steve D. Jones / Digits:
IBM's Pick Of SugarCRM Creates More Rivals For Oracle  —  Much has been made of the rivalry between Oracle Corp. and Salesforce.com Inc. in cloud computing.  But last week a venture-backed start-up secured one of the richest contracts in business for software to manage sales, marketing and customer relationships.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Brit Morin Engages $1.25M From Marissa Mayer, Founders Fund And More To Launch Her First App, Weduary  —  Brit Morin, the Martha Stewart of tech, is today announcing a $1.25 million seed round for her technology and content company Brit.  The list of investors is actually pretty sympatico with …
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