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May 1, 2012, 12:25 AM

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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.
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 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Digg's Tech Team Heads For the Washington Post, and Digg Looks for a Lifeline  —  Digg isn't done.  Yet.  —  But it's looking pretty close.  The Washington Post is in the process of buying/hiring the news aggregators' technology team, but isn't purchasing the business itself …
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Burt Helm / Inc.com:
Turntable.fm: Where Did Our Love Go?  —  The partners behind a one-time “next big thing” go to South by Southwest to win back the adoration of the tech world—and figure out how to make their partnership work.  —  Last summer, Turntable.fm set techie hearts pounding: Billy Chasen and Seth Goldstein …
Tomio Geron / Social Markets:
Top Startup Incubators And Accelerators: Y Combinator Tops With $7.8 Billion In Value  —  Incubators have become an increasingly important part of the tech startup scene in recent years.  —  A number of hot startups have emerged from these programs, encouraging more new entrepreneurs to apply.
Peter Ha / TechCrunch:
Hands-On With the Jawbone Big Jambox: 2.7 Pounds of Audio Fury, Available May 15 for $299  —  Bigger isn't necessarily better but in the case of Jawbone's Jambox, it might actually work out.  Typically known for their Bluetooth headsets and the ill-fated-but-not-quite-dead UP band …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Confirmed: Schultz and Efrusy to Leave Groupon Board; “Accounting Types” Joining  —  According to sources close to the situation, Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz and Accel Partners' Kevin Efrusy will be stepping down from the board of Groupon.  —  Schultz's departure will be effective today …
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Violin Memory Boosts Latest Funding Round to $80 Million  —  Last month AllThingsD reported that Violin Memory, the flash memory technology start-up, had raised $50 million in a Series D round at an implied valuation of more than $800 million.  —  That funding round, I've since learned …
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: VentureBeat and Reuters
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Mobile data is growing, but voice & sms slowing  —  The iPhones, the Androids, the iPads and hot-spots — whatever the device might be, one thing is for sure: the demand for mobile broadband is continuing to grow unabated.  Two different reports, one from Akamai and another from Chetan Sharma show …

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