April 26, 2012, 11:30 PM

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Insanity: CISPA Just Got Way Worse, And Then Passed On Rushed Vote  —  Up until this afternoon, the final vote on CISPA was supposed to be tomorrow.  Then, abruptly, it was moved up today—and the House voted in favor of its passage with a vote of 248-168.  But that's not even the worst part.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Q1 2012: Revenue Up 34 Percent To $13.2B, Net Income Down 35 Percent  —  Amazon just reported earnings for the first quarter of 2012.  Net sales increased 34% to $13.18 billion in the first quarter, compared with $9.86 billion in first quarter 2011.
comScore: Amazon Kindle Fire is 54.4% of US Android tablets  —  comScore shows Kindle Fire propping up Android  —  Amazon's Kindle Fire now makes up the absolute majority of the Android tablet platform in the US, comScore found in a fresh study.  The e-reader and tablet crossover represented 54.4 percent …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Google X founder takes Charlie Rose's picture from Project Glass headset  —  Google's Project Glass heads-up display was announced weeks ago, but nobody is sure whether the glasses are actually functional or if, as Sergey Brin has said, “you really just see [them] reboot.”
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple planning to build private off-campus restaurant to stop competitors from overhearing staff conversations  —  Apple has had a planning request approved for a new off-campus restaurant by the Cupertino Planning Commission, providing employees with a place to eat and discuss company plans …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple: $1,111 Per Share and a $1 Trillion Market Cap in the Next Year  —  The blowout earnings Apple reported Tuesday inspired a number of big upgrades on the company's stock, but none so bullish as that of Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White.  —  White, who made headlines back in April …
More: CNET, TechCrunch and 9to5Mac
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Precise Pangolin rolls out: Ubuntu 12.04 released, introduces Unity HUD  —  The developers behind the Ubuntu project have announced the availability of Ubuntu 12.04, codenamed Precise Pangolin.  The new version of the popular Linux distribution brings updated software, several major user …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Verizon's Summer / Fall 2012 smartphone roadmap  —  While Samsung's Galaxy S3 has been the star of the rumor show for the past few months — with BGR leading the pack — we now have a clear picture of the smartphone landscape for late summer and early fall this year.
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
New York Times R&D Group Launches First Commercial Product (and It's for Brands)  —  Ricochet Helps Brands Drive Traffic to Relevant Articles, Surrounded by the Right Ads  —  The New York Times R&D Lab has spent the last six and a half years building what its chief calls the equivalent of “concept cars” for the media world.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Dropbox adds automated photo uploading from PCs and Macs, new Photos page  —  While the week has been dominated by cloud storage news in the wake of Google Drive's launch, Dropbox has dropped in with its second new feature of the week with the introduction of automated photo uploading from its PC and Mac clients and a new Photos page.
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Revealed: How Twitter's secret offer for Instagram made Facebook pay $1B  —  The secret details of the $1 billion deal between Facebook and Instagram are more convoluted than anyone thought.  VentureBeat has learned that Instagram chief executive and co-founder Kevin Systrom first got an offer …
More: CNET, Betabeat, GigaOM and TechCrunchThanks:@taylorbuley
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs' Plan for a Willy Wonka-Style Celebration of the Millionth iMac  —  Among the many anecdotes about Steve Jobs included in Ken Segall's new book, Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success, one in particular stands out for its glimpse into Jobs' character …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Samsung sends protesting flashmob to Sydney Apple Store, tells customers to ‘Wake Up’  —  Samsung's marketing machine appears to have gone into overdrive with reports that advertising agencies working on its behalf sent a bus full of protesters to the Apple Store in Sydney, Australia to tell customers to ‘Wake Up’.
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
YC startup SendHub secures $2M for serious SMS (exclusive)  —  SMS messages sent for practical, group communication rather than just LOLs is serious enough business that investors have handed SendHub a $2 million check.  —  Recent Y Combinator graduate SendHub, which bills itself as SMS for organizations …
More: TechCrunch
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Wolfram Alpha now available as a $2.99 PC app  —  Wolfram Alpha already offers its brand of computational knowledge in the form of a mobile app, and now it's available on the PC as well.  The company has partnered up with Intel to offer the app through the AppUp market, where it's available now for $2.99 …

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