April 27, 2012, 1:05 AM

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Leigh Beadon / Techdirt:
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 …
Google Street View Investigation by U.S. Declared Closed  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) said the U.S. Justice Department closed an investigation last May into the company's use of specially equipped autos that collected wireless data for its Street View project.  —  Google's disclosure about the inquiry …
More: CNET and Reuters
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: TechCrunch, 9to5Mac and CNET
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 …
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.”
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: 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
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Users Shun Prepaid Carriers  —  Customer Growth Plunges at Pay-as-You-Go Carriers MetroPCS, Leap Wireless  —  MetroPCS Communications Inc. and Leap Wireless International Inc. reported an abrupt slowdown in customer growth during what is traditionally their strongest quarter …
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.
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’.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Viddy Is Raising $30M At A $370M Valuation  —  Someone wise once said “If Instagram for video were to happen it would look nothing like Instagram” but, because it was on Twitter, I briefly saw that tweet before it got lost in the ether and now I can't find it, dammit.
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 …
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 …
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.

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