April 30, 2012, 10:15 AM

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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 …
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.
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:
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 …
Gwen Hinze / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
ACTA in the EU: We Can't Call it Dead Yet  —  The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was dealt a major blow on April 12 when MEP David Martin, the European Parliament's rapporteur for the agreement and member of the Committee responsible for delivering the recommendation [doc] …
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 …
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 …
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” …
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 …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Mark Zuckerberg joins Viddy - it might really become ‘Instagram for video’ now  —  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg just signed up to video sharing mobile app Viddy, and he has just posted his first video on the service too.  —  ‘Zuck’, as his nickname on the service is, posted a video of his dog Beast playing around in his house.

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