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April 30, 2012, 3:55 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
More: Washington Post and ForbesThanks:@ahess247
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 …
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 …
More: BritTweets: @sacca
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Blubble Time!  —  Seriously, you can set your calendar by posts about the tech bubble.  Time machine back to April 2011 and you can watch the press about last year's tech bubble, which I dubbed a “blubble”: … and … This time it's the press wringing their hands over the Instagram acquisition by Facebook.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Angry Birds Space hits 50M downloads in 35 days  —  Angry Birds Space has been downloaded more than 50 million times in its first 35 days on the market, according to publisher Rovio.  —  That makes it the fastest-growing mobile game in history.  And it means that Rovio hasn't exhausted its franchise yet …
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
LG Cloud, a streaming service for all three of your screens, launches on May 1st  —  LG is entering the cloud service race, allowing users to upload their content to the company's servers and stream it to all of their devices.  LG Cloud enters beta on May 1st and will let you access …

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