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April 30, 2012, 5:35 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 …
Anil Dash:
Why you can't trust tech press to teach you about the tech industry  —  If there were one lesson I'd want to impress upon people who are interested in succeeding in the technology industry, it would be, as I've said before, know your s**t.  Know the discipline you're in …
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.
Rachel King / CNET:
Oracle: Google execs ‘knew this day would come’  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Oracle made its closing statements during the first segment of the Oracle-Google trial this morning, and it all boils down to this: Google is making excuses for taking the property of Sun Microsystems — and now Oracle — and using it on Android.
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET:
Verizon, Comcast join forces in six new markets  —  The Verizon and Comcast cross-selling romance deepens today as each offers each others' network and entertainment services in six new markets around the U.S.  —  Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, Mo., Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. …
More: The Verge and GigaOM
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
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.
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.
Phil Milford / Bloomberg:
Google Sued by Pension Fund Over Proposed Stock Split  —  Google Inc. (GOOG), the world's largest Web-search provider, was sued by a Massachusetts city's pension fund claiming the company's planned stock split would unfairly create nonvoting shares.  —  The Brockton Retirement Board contends …
More: Reuters
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.
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Watch out, Raspberry Pi: Intel unveils ultra-small Next Unit of Computing PC  —  Details of a new, ultra-compact computer form factor from Intel, called the Next Unit of Computing (NUC) are starting to emerge.  —  First demonstrated at PAX East at the beginning of April …
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 …
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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