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May 2, 2012, 3:20 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Exclusive: $99 Xbox 360 + Kinect bundle launching next week with two-year subscription  —  Microsoft is planning to launch a $99 Xbox console package with a monthly subscription as early as next week, according to our sources.  The software giant will offer the 4GB console with a Kinect sensor …
Ross Miller / The Verge:
It's official: Target will phase out all Kindle-branded products this spring  —  Last night we reported on Target's plans to discontinue sale of the Kindle due to “conflict of interest,” and now the company has confirmed to us that it will, indeed, discontinue sale.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Spotify (Finally) Shows Up on the iPad  —  You wanted a Spotify iPad app?  You've got a Spotify iPad app.  —  It's pretty, and it takes advantage of the tablet's bigger screen to showcase artist artwork and other cool stuff.  Just like you'd expect from an iPad app.  —  Demo video is at the bottom of this post.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Amazon Gets Into the Sitcom Business  —  Amazon has been stocking up its Web-video offering with lots of old TV shows.  Now it's going to start making some of its own.  —  The company is pulling back the covers (a bit) on its plans to produce kids' shows and sitcoms via its “Amazon Studios” …
Wil Wheaton / WWdN: In Exile:
Google is making a huge and annoying mistake.  —  I like Google Plus.  Some of the smartest people I've ever read are on Google Plus, and the Hangout is amazing.  —  But Google is doing everything it can to force Google Plus on everyone, and it's pissing me off.  —  Yesterday, I tried to like a video on YouTube.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Down, Not Out: Nokia Goes On The Offensive With 11 Lawsuits Against HTC, RIM And ViewSonic Covering 45 Patents  —  As Nokia continues to try to turn itself around as a mobile phone business, it is also playing on the offense in the legal game: today it announced that it has filed fresh round …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
After Testifying in Oracle-Google Trial, Scott McNealy Speaks Out  —  Having testified in the Oracle-Google trial with a decidedly different viewpoint from that of his successor, former Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy took to Bloomberg TV yesterday to talk a little about Java, and licensing of its APIs, and other matters yesterday.
More: Wired
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Google introduces ‘VC Office Hours’, Google+ hangouts with top Silicon Valley figures  —  Google+ is often lamented for failing to capture the attention of mainstream social network users and, almost in response to that accusation, Google is launching an interesting initiative that will see top figures …
More: Bradley HorowitzThanks:@jonrussell
Cade Metz / Wired:
Facebook Opens Up Hardware World With Magic Hinge  —  Imagine that your laptop display weighs 800 pounds.  But you can still open it and close it and re-open it as you like, gently pushing it to just the right angle.  And when you let go, it stays exactly where you put it.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Pebble smartwatch gets its first app partner: RunKeeper  —  When I talked to the man behind the Pebble smartwatch, which has become the biggest Kickstarter project ever, he said what excited him about all the success was the ability to turn Pebble into an app platform.
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Apple-Targeting Flashback Botnet Still Kicking, But Shrinking By 100,000 Macs Per Week  —  Dr. Web's count of Macs actively infected with Flashback over time.  The “A” marks Apple's release of its Flashback removal tool, and the “B” marks Dr. Web's discovery of another variant of Flashback …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Birst Lands $26M From Sequoia, Hummer Winblad To Bring Big Data Analytics To The Masses  —  Birst, a San Francisco-based startup that offers on-demand business intelligence and analytics solutions for companies big and small, has raised $26 million in series D financing, led by Sequoia Capital.
More: VentureBeat and GigaOM
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
European Regulators May Reopen Street View Inquiries  —  BERLIN — Privacy regulators in Britain, Germany and France said Wednesday that they may reopen or expand their investigations into Google's illegal collection of Internet data for its Street View service following revelations …
Michael Carney / PandoDaily:
Flingo Marries Up, Gets Hitched to Mark Cuban  —  In a courtship that began at CES earlier this year, smart TV app company Flingo is now getting hitched to billionaire technology and digital media expert Mark Cuban.  —  Flingo announced $1 million of additional financing by Cuban and Gary Lauder …
More: CNET and BetaKit
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Prezi zooms past 10M users, releases PowerPoint import tool  —  In building an intuitive and fluid alternative to PowerPoint, startup Prezi is helping presenters reimagine their productions.  Tuesday, the company announced that it surpassed 10 million users, and released a PowerPoint import tool …

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