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May 1, 2012, 8:35 AM

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New York Times:
Data Engineer in Google Case Is Identified  —  At the center of the uproar over a Google project that scooped up personal data from potentially millions of unsuspecting people is the company software engineer who wrote the code.  —  Google has declined to identify the engineer, as has the Federal Communications Commission.
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 …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Apple Doesn't Want Musicians to See Secret Steve Jobs Deposition  —  In bringing a class-action lawsuit against Universal Music over digital music revenues, musicians trigger a big objection from Apple.  —  Steve Jobs  —  Aftermath Records, a division of Universal Music Group …
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.
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Feature: Does “Mastered for iTunes” matter to music?  Ars puts it to the test  —  Apple's push to increase the quality of songs distributed via iTunes has been formally realized in the company's Mastered for iTunes program—but does it really make music sound better?
More: The Verge, MacRumors and TUAWThanks:@foresmac
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 …
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 …
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.
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Skype investigates tool that reveals users' IP addresses  —  Skype said Tuesday it is investigating a new tool that collects a person's last known IP address, a potential privacy-compromising issue.  —  Skype said Tuesday it is investigating a new tool that collects a person's last known IP address …
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
This Is What a Kickstarter Scam Looks Like  —  “Seth Westfall,” the creator and cofounder of “Little Monster Productions.”  (kickstarter.com)  —  When Kickstarter projects go wrong, backers often think they've been scammed; usually, the creators simply overpromised.
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Zuckerberg's Dinners with Girlfriend Help Spur Life-Saving Facebook Tool  —  Conversations over the dinner table with his med-student girlfriend helped Mark Zuckerberg formulate his latest big idea — harnessing the power of Facebook to help eliminate the critical shortage of organs …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Rumor: Hulu Will Soon Require Viewers To Have A Cable Subscription [Update: It'll Happen, But Not “Soon"]  —  If you love watching TV shows on Hulu but don't have a cable subscription, things could get a bit more complicated in the near future.  According to the New York Post …
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Where Do All Those BuzzFeed Cute Animal Pictures Come From?  —  BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti discusses the copyright implications of all the adorable cats, disappointed otters, and worried monkeys that grace the site.  —  It all started when I was looking at a photograph of an otter that was …
Pamela Parker / Search Engine Land:
Mobile App Marketers Get New Tools From AdWords  —  Those marketing mobile applications via Google AdWords are getting some new weapons in their arsenal this week.  Google has announced four new tools: a new Mobile App extension for AdWords, additional information to the click-to-download format …
Somini Sengupta / Bits:
The New Pay Phone and What It Knows About You  —  The term pay phone has a new meaning today.  —  For consumers who wish to ditch their wallets, paying through a mobile phone can be awfully convenient.  Those same consumers can also, often unwittingly, give up valuable information …
Maureen Farrell / CNNMoney.com:
Ron Conway: Tech is nowhere near a bubble  —  LOS ANGELES (CNNMoney) — One of the earliest investors in tech darlings Google, Facebook and Twitter says any talk of a tech bubble is overblown.  —  “We are nowhere near a bubble,” says Ron Conway.  He most recently invested in Instagram, which Facebook just snapped up for $1 billion.
More: FortuneTweets: @acedtect
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
From cloud OS to personal cloud service, Jolicloud launches its iOS app  —  Jolicloud is a service that has taken some time to find its way.  In Silicon Valley speak, you might know those maneuvers as “pivots”, but it seems like Jolicloud has finally found a sweet spot for its cloud services.
More: MacNN and The Verge
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 …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Can You Imagine More Than 1,200 New Top-Level Domains?  ICANN.  —  When the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) finally begins its domain-name expansion program in earnest, how many new top level domains (TLDs) can we expect to see cluttering up the Web?
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 …

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