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April 30, 2012, 10:45 PM

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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.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
The Digg Team Is Going To WaPo, But The Assets Aren't  —  Has The Washington Post acquired Digg, as reported in The Next Web?  Sort of.  —  We're hearing that the Post has hired the Digg team, but is not acquiring the site or the technology.  In other words, this is a talent acquisition …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Groupon Now hits 1.5 million deals, outpacing original Groupon  —  The original Groupon platform might have set the stage, but Groupon Now has gotten off to an even better start.  Groupon today announced that Groupon Now needed just one year to sell 1.5 million deals.

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