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April 30, 2012, 1:45 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 …
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
B&N, Microsoft team up on Nook, college businesses  —  Microsoft takes $300M stake in Barnes & Noble college, digital businesses; to set up new co.  —  NEW YORK (AP) — An infusion of money from Microsoft Corp. sent Barnes & Noble Inc.'s stock zooming Monday, as the software giant established …
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.
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.
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 …
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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.
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.
David Kushner / New Yorker:
George Hotz, Sony, and the Anonymous Hacker Wars  —  In the summer of 2007, Apple released the iPhone, in an exclusive partnership with A.T. & T. George Hotz, a seventeen-year-old from Glen Rock, New Jersey, was a T-Mobile subscriber.  He wanted an iPhone, but he also wanted to make calls using …
More: The Verge and 9to5Mac
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Simulmedia Raises $6 Million More For Web-Like TV Ads  —  Web ad pioneer Dave Morgan has rounded up more money for his move into TV: His Simulmedia has closed a $6 million funding round from previous investors Avalon Ventures, Union Square Ventures and Time Warner's investment arm.
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
BladeLogic founder joins VC firm, Greylock Partners  —  Greylock Partners, seeking more operational experience in the enterprise sector, named Dev Ittycheria, an operations guy who made his name in enterprise software, as its newest partner.  —  VCs and startups alike have been in the hunt …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.

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