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April 9, 2013, 11:55 AM

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James Kanter / New York Times:
Europe Receives Complaint About Google's Android  —  BRUSSELS — European antitrust regulators have received a formal complaint about Google's Android operating system for mobile devices, even as they move to the final stages of their inquiry into the company's search practices.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Nearly 60K Low-Quality Apps Booted From Google Play Store In February, Points To Increased Spam-Fighting  —  Google has stepped up its efforts to remove spammy or otherwise non-compliant applications from its mobile application marketplace, Google Play, in recent weeks.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
WhatsApp: We're Not Selling to Google  —  Popular messaging app WhatsApp says it is not in discussions to sell the company to Google.  —  Neeraj Arora, WhatsApp's business development head, told AllThingsDigital today that the company is not holding sales talks with Google.
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Surface Warranty Criticized in China After Apple Woes  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s after-sales service of its Surface tablet has attracted criticism from China's state-owned radio, following similar reports in the past month targeting Apple Inc. (AAPL)
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Moves to .GL Domain in Anticipation of Domain Seizure  —  The Pirate Bay switched to a new domain overnight, from the Swedish based .se to Greenland's .gl extension.  The move to thepiratebay.gl will be permanent.  —  A Pirate Bay insider told TorrentFreak that the change …
Ian Hardy / MobileSyrup.com:
BlackBerry Q10 will be available in Canada on April 30th  —  BlackBerry is on the cusp of releasing their second BlackBerry 10 device.  The Q10 has the iconic design of years past, but updated with the new BlackBerry 10 OS.  Many loyal BlackBerry users have been waiting for this physical QWERTY/Touch …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Spotify Launches Ad Campaign On YouTube  —  Spotify's digital music service has 24 million users, and 6 million subscribers.  But it wants a lot more.  —  So it's advertising on the Web's most popular music service: Starting tonight, Spotify is running a one-day “takeover” ad on YouTube's homepage …
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
New Threat to Aereo TV  —  Legal Issues in West, Precipitated by Rival Aereokiller, Cloud Diller's Startup  —  The TV industry's best hope of shutting down TV startup Aereo Inc. anytime soon could rest, bizarrely enough, on a legal case involving something called Aereokiller LLC.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
CourseSmart E-Textbooks Track Students' Progress for Teachers  —  SAN ANTONIO — Several Texas A&M professors know something that generations of teachers could only hope to guess: whether students are reading their textbooks.  —  They know when students are skipping pages …
David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
Shodan: The scariest search engine on the Internet  —  “When people don't see stuff on Google, they think no one can find it.  That's not true.”  —  That's according to John Matherly, creator of Shodan, the scariest search engine on the Internet.  —  Unlike Google ( GOOG, Fortune 500) …
Mark Hearn / Engadget:
ASUS' 7-inch MeMo Pad now on sale for $150  —  Cheap tablets are currently on the rise, but not just low-end hardware from manufacturers that you've probably never heard of — true consumer electronics heavyweights are getting in on the action.  Today, ASUS unleashed its $150 MeMo Pad to the frugal masses.
Sarah Silbert / Engadget:
Intel announces next-gen Thunderbolt with 20 Gbps throughput, 4K support  —  Here at NAB, Intel just introduced the next generation of its Thunderbolt interface, which promises a data rate of 20 Gbps in both directions (on each of the two channels) as opposed to 10 Gbps for the previous version.
Ted Greenwald / Adweek:
How Wired Magazine Changed the Way We Talk About Technology  —  Wired co-founders Jane Metcalfe and Louis Rossetto Photos courtesy of Louis Rossetto  —  Imagine a time before smartphones.  Before laptops.  Before Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and even the mighty Google.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Secrets of FBI Smartphone Surveillance Tool Revealed in Court Fight  —  A legal fight over the government's use of a secret surveillance tool has provided new insight into how the controversial tool works and the extent to which Verizon Wireless aided federal agents in using it to track a suspect.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Tiny Chiplets Are a New Level of Micro Manufacturing  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — Under a microscope, four slivers of silicon — electronic circuits called chiplets — perform an elaborate, jerky dance as if controlled by a hidden puppet master.  Then on command, they all settle with pinpoint accuracy …
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