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May 2, 2012, 5:10 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.
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Liquidmetal Inventor: Apple Will Use It In A ‘Breakthrough Product’  —  We've been hearing a lot about Liquidmetal lately, mostly because of rumors that Apple could be using the alloy in its next iPhone.  —  But what exactly is Liquidmetal?  What makes it so special that Apple decided to license the rights to use it in its products?
John Cook / GeekWire:
Zillow to buy RentJuice for $40M in cash, posts record revenue and profits  —  Zillow is using some of its new-found cash to gobble up San Francisco's RentJuice, adding a new set of technologies that help landlords and property managers more easily keep track of properties, upload photos, manage revenue and deals.
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.
More: Marketing LandTweets: @zephoria
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” …
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET:
Verizon's LTE-powered in-home broadband goes national  —  While Sprint and T-Mobile are struggling to launch their 4G LTE networks, Verizon apparently has enough LTE to power your devices at home.  —  Starting Thursday, Verizon's HomeFusion Broadband service will bring LTE-powered Internet access nationwide.
Paul Sloan / CNET:
Frustrated advertisers to Facebook: Take our money — please!  —  With the social network's huge IPO getting nearer, this is the sort of news that Mark Zuckerberg doesn't need to hear just now.  With a reach approaching 15 percent of the world's population, Facebook is a thriving media business.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
OS X Mountain Lion update adds helpful ‘Do Not Disturb’ option for notifications  —  Apple's update to OS X Lion Preview 3 adds a very helpful new “Do Not Disturb” feature for notifications.  The feature is a toggle accessible at the top of Notification Center that allows users to block incoming alerts and banners.
Mary Jo Foley / CNET:
Microsoft to drop Windows Live branding with Windows 8  —  Microsoft's perpetually confusing Windows Live branding is about to get a long-overdue clean up.  —  Microsoft is doing away with the Windows Live brand, according to a May 2 post on the Building Windows 8 blog.
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.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Updates Google Docs With 450 New Fonts, 60 New Templates And More  —  Google today announced that it is bringing web fonts to Google Docs.  Thanks to this update, you can now use 450 new fonts in your Google documents.  These are the same 450 fonts Google already features on its Web Fonts site for web designers.
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 …
Motoko Rich / Economix:
The Declining Role of Start-Ups  —  Business leaders and politicians often laud the United States for its entrepreneurial culture, but the pace of start-up activity has been declining since the 1980s, a decline that - not surprisingly - accelerated during the most recent recession and its aftermath.
Tweets: @eldon
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Yelp's Post-IPO Earnings: $27.4M in Revenue, Up 66% From A Year Earlier, But Net Loss Triples  —  In its first ever earnings report as a publicly-traded company, Yelp said it earned $27.4 million in revenue, up 66 percent from the $16.5 million it made in the same time a year ago.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Enjoys 12 Million Traffic Boost, Shares Unblocking Tips  —  Last Friday the UK High Court ruled that several of country's leading ISPs must censor The Pirate Bay website having ruled in February that the site and its users breach copyright on a grand scale.
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.
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 …
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Tumblr Wants $25,000 Per Ad—Here's What They Look Like  —  Tumblr, the blogging platform with a massive audience but negligible revenues, has set its entry-level ad price at $25,000, the company said in an email.  —  The ad spots are on Tumblr Radar and Tumblr Spotlight …
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.

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