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March 29, 2012, 3:00 PM

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Paul M. Barrett / Business Week:
Apple's War on Android  —  In her black robe and strand of white pearls, Lucy Koh projects the serious, deliberate demeanor befitting a U.S. District Court judge.  The Harvard-educated former federal prosecutor has served on the California state bench and as a partner in a Silicon Valley law firm …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Tim Cook Might Abandon Steve Jobs' ‘Thermonuclear War’ On Android  —  Top Apple executives have met with top Samsung executives about settling their patent fights, Paul Barrett at Bloomberg Businessweek reports.  —  Barrett writes, “Apple CEO Tim Cook does not seem to share his predecessor's passion about laying all foes to waste.
More: CNET and MacDailyNews
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Google's Android has generated just $550m since 2008, figures suggest  —  Data provided in response to Oracle claim suggests iPhone generated four times more revenue than Google's own handsets  —  Android generated less than $550m in revenues for Google between 2008 and the end of 2011 …
Dan Graziano / BGR:
Google generates four times more revenue from iPhone than Android  —  According to legal documents for its upcoming hearing with Oracle, between 2008 and 2011 Android generated less than $550 million in revenue for Google.  Apple's iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, which use Google Maps and search …
More: The Verge and BetaNews
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Paper: the next great iPad app, from the brains behind Courier  —  Georg Petschnigg throws his hands into the air as he traces thousands of years of human evolution that led us to develop the fragile wrists we need to use tools.  Petschnigg locks his wrist into place and pretends to scribble …
Chris Gallagher / Reuters:
Star-struck Japan PM befriends Facebook's Zuckerberg  —  (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda frequently entertains dignitaries from all over the world, but he was a touch star-struck on Thursday when he hosted a young billionaire with a whiff of celebrity: Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg.
More: Asiajin, Tech in Asia and ZDNetTweets: @davemcclure
Mark McDonald / IHT Rendezvous:
Zuckerberg in China: Let the Rumors Begin  —  HONG KONG — Mark Zuckerberg was spotted walking around Shanghai on Tuesday, which naturally led to a spike in online speculation about Facebook entering the Chinese market.  —  He said he was just on vacation with his girlfriend, Priscilla Chan.
Matth / Nielsen Wire:
Smartphones Account for Half of all Mobile Phones, Dominate New Phone Purchases in the US  —  Almost half (49.7%) of U.S. mobile subscribers now own smartphones, as of February 2012.  According to Nielsen, this marks an increase of 38 percent over last year; in February 2011, only 36 percent of mobile subscribers owned smartphones.
Bloomberg:
Apple's Tim Cook Visits Foxconn IPhone Plant in China  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook visited Foxconn Technology Group's newly built manufacturing facility for the iPhone in Zhengzhou, China, as the U.S. company seeks to improve working conditions.
Brett Slatkin / Google Small Business:
A fast, accurate, and affordable way to do online market research  —  From international brands to local food trucks, every business wants to make important decisions with their customers' feedback in mind.  Which version of your new logo will people like better?  How much interest do dog owners have in organic dog food?
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
iPhone 4 owners can register for $15 antennagate settlements (updated)  —  The official website for the iPhone 4 “antennagate” class action settlement is live, as pointed out by co-lead counsel on the case Ira Rothken.  Of course, speaking of cases, if you're an iPhone 4 owner who has taken advantage …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Google adds real-time traffic estimates to Maps directions  —  Google has started rolling out traffic estimates for Maps users in selected areas.  When you search for driving directions in places with the feature, you'll see an ideal or average time at the top, followed by a time marked “in current traffic.”
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Spotify Keeps the Free Music Party Going in the U.S.  —  Good news for American Spotify users who don't want to pay for their music: The streaming service will continue to let them listen to anything they want, without restrictions, for a while longer.  —  The free-music party was supposed …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
London taxi app Hailo takes on $17m in series A funding led by Accel, and gears up for US launch  —  London-based taxi app Hailo has announced a whopping $17m Series A funding round, which is one of the largest European first-rounds in recent times.  —  The Next Web first covered Hailo back in November …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Snapguide wants to be your handheld how-to guide for everything  —  There are plenty of websites that provide in-depth information about specific topics, but apart from a few tired old services like eHow from Demand Media, there aren't many places you can go to find how-to guides for a wide range …
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Google's New ‘Account Activity’ Is a Sham  —  When it comes to privacy, Google wants to be the good guy .  Too bad that's not enough.  —  Google Account Activity is Google's fairly transparent attempt to differentiate itself from Facebook by being open about what it knows about you.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Now Using ReCAPTCHA To Decode Street View Addresses  —  Have you started seeing images in online reCAPTCHAs that look suspiciously like house numbers pulled from Google Street View?  Well, as it turns out, that's exactly what they are.  Google confirmed it's currently running …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Megaupload Drops Mega Song Lawsuit to Focus on “Nonsense” US Charges  —  A month before its shutdown Megaupload pulled off one of the biggest file-sharing related marketing coups in recent memory.  —  The file-hoster released a pro-Megaupload song featuring stars such as P Diddy, Will.i.am …

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