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May 3, 2012, 12:40 PM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Evernote Raises $70M At A $1B Valuation To Prep For An IPO, And The Next 100 Years  —  It's official.  To transition from a startup into a late-stage company that aims to be around for 100 years, Evernote today confirms it's raised a $70 million Series D round of funding at a $1 billion valuation.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Boku Signs Up Final U.S. Wireless Operator for Carrier Billing  —  It has taken three-and-a-half years, but Boku has finally signed up all four major U.S. carriers for its mobile payments service.  —  Today, the San Francisco company says that Sprint is coming on board to join the three …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Microsoft Hires 14 Yahoo Researchers to Kick-Start New NYC Research Lab  —  Over the weekend, I reported that Duncan Watts, the well-known social network researcher, had left Yahoo to join Microsoft.  Turns out he's not the only one.  —  Microsoft snatched up not only Watts …
Forbes:
The Midas List — 2012's Top Tech Investors  —  1 Jim Breyer Accel Partners Facebook — 2 Marc Andreessen Andreessen Horowitz Skype — 3 Reid Hoffman Greylock Partners LinkedIn — 4 David Sze Greylock Partners Facebook — 5 Peter Fenton Benchmark Capital Twitter — 6 Josh Kopelman …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Apple Is Beating Android In The U.S., Despite Reports To The Contrary  —  Apple appears to have taken control of 50% of the smartphone market in the first quarter of 2012, despite a report to the contrary by NPD this morning.  —  NPD put out a press release saying Android …
New York Times:
Target, Unhappy With Being an Amazon Showroom, Will Stop Selling Kindles  —  Target, signaling its growing irritation with its rival Amazon, announced on Wednesday that it would stop selling the online retailer's Kindle e-readers.  —  Target, with almost 1,800 stores, is one of the bigger carriers …
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T Chief Says Blocked Deal Will Cost Consumers  —  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.—The government's decision to block AT&T Inc.'s takeover of Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile USA unit will result in higher prices to consumers, AT&T Chairman and Chief Executive Randall Stephenson contended during a public interview Wednesday.
Ryan Mac / Mobile:
Reid Hoffman And Peter Thiel In Conversation: The Biggest Misses  —  This is the final post of a five-part series from a conversation between Founders Fund cofounder Peter Thiel and LinkedIn cofounder and Greylock partner Reid Hoffman.  One new video has been posted each day leading …
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Reuters:
Settlement with HP isn't going to happen: Oracle  —  (Reuters) - An Oracle Corp attorney ruled out a settlement with Hewlett-Packard Co in a bitter lawsuit over the Itanium microprocessor, a day after the judge refused to resolve the case for either side before trial.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Clarity Launches Mobile Mentorship Service To Connect Startup Founders With Good Advice  —  I often hear people say they moved to San Francisco and Silicon Valley to be in the thick of things — to open themselves up to running into a new mentor at the local coffee shop …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Next-Generation Publishing Platform Hyperink Wants To Transform Blogs Into Books  —  YC company Hyperink, a next-generation digital book publishing platform, is debuting a new service which helps bloggers create short books from their existing content.  —  As we've reported in the past …
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Oracle Claims $777 Million Damages in SAP Infringement Case  —  Oracle Corp. (ORCL) said it will claim damages of $776.7 million in its retrial of a copyright- infringement lawsuit against SAP AG (SAP), the biggest maker of business-management software.  —  Oracle decided in February to pursue …
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Wireless Carriers Who Aid Police Are Asked for Data  —  WASHINGTON — A leading House Democrat is demanding information from the country's biggest cellphone companies about their role in helping local police departments conduct surveillance and tracking of suspects and others in criminal investigations.
Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:
Judge again orders Apple, Samsung to streamline claims in iPad patent case  —  The companies' lawyers have until Monday to simplify the case enough for a scheduled July 30 trial  —  Apple and Samsung Electronics have until Monday to further boil down the number of claims to be considered …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Judge: An IP-Address Doesn't Identify a Person (or BitTorrent Pirate)  —  Mass-BitTorrent lawsuits have been dragging on for more than two years in the US, involving more than a quarter million alleged downloaders.  —  The copyright holders who start these cases generally provide nothing more than an IP-address as evidence.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
With 8.8% market share, Apple has 73% of cell phone profits  —  Among the major vendors, Samsung captured 26%, HTC took 1%, and the rest lost money  —  FORTUNE — Asymco's Horace Dediu on Thursday updated his quarterly review of mobile phone profits, and the news for everyone but Apple (AAPL) and Samsung is not good.
Michael Carney / PandoDaily:
“Apple DNA” Attracts Nate Johnson to Join Path as VP of Marketing  —  Path's biggest challenge has never been the quality of its product (it's gorgeous).  The greatest obstacle for the startup has been getting the word out about the value proposition of a more intimate social network.
Thomas Houston / The Verge:
Rdio launches in the UK and France  —  We're seeing reports on Twitter that music streaming service Rdio has launched in the UK and France with a 7-day free trial of unlimited listening.  There's no official word yet from Rdio, but we've also been able to successfully sign up for the free trial …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Code Advisors Takes a $25 Million Investment From J.P. Morgan  —  Code Advisors is getting a $25 million investment from financial services giant JPMorgan Chase for a minority stake in the Silicon Valley-based boutique investment bank and advisory firm.  —  The influx of cash will allow Code …
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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?
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Novel Android Malware Spotted on Compromised Web Sites  —  Demonstrating the increasing sophistication of mobile malware, a new Android Trojan is spreading via compromised Web sites and could potentially be used to crack corporate and government networks.  —  The bug, dubbed NotCompatible …

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