April 27, 2012, 10:45 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.
comScore, Inc.:
Tablet Competition Heats Up: Kindle Fire Captures more than Half of Android Tablet Market  —  10" Tablets Have 39 Percent Higher Content Consumption Rate than 7" Tablets  —  comScore Device Essentials™ Introduces Unique Device and Local Market Reporting to Cross-Device Digital Traffic Measurement
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 …
Samsung Ends Nokia's 14-Year Run as World's Biggest Phone Maker  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) overtook Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) as the world's biggest vendor of mobile-phones last quarter, ending the Finnish company's 14-year run as the global industry leader, according to researcher Strategy Analytics.
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Evernote approaching 30 million users, funding reports are ‘premature’: CEO Phil Libin  —  Evernote CEO Phil Libin took the stage at The Next Web Conference earlier today.  —  We took notes and will have a longer post for you later on, but here are some interesting tidbits about Evernote that Libin shared at the end of his talk.
Lizette Chapman / Wall Street Journal:
‘Pivoting’ Pays Off for Tech Entrepreneurs  —  Technology entrepreneurs of past eras took two years to build a product, hire a staff and figure out whether there was any real market for their service.  But today all that typically takes only a few months as founders cycle quickly through different ideas until they find one that sticks.
Tasneem Raja / MoJo Articles:
“Gangbang Interviews” and “Bikini Shots”: Silicon Valley's Brogrammer Problem  —  For startups like Path, recasting geek identity with a frathouse swagger is a dangerous game.  —  Quora (left and right); Geeklist (center)  —  At the South by Southwest Interactive festival in March …
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Paul Sloan / CNET:
Facebook's next patent push: The top suspect  —  When Yahoo filed its sweeping patent lawsuit against Facebook, claiming that Facebook essentially built its social network on the back of Yahoo's intellectual property, Mark Zuckerberg took little time to take up arms.
Bgurley /
Intuit To Acquire Demandforce For $424MM  —  This morning, Intuit announced its agreement to acquire one of Benchmark's portfolio companies, Demandforce, for $424mm.  As with Instagram, Benchmark Capital is the largest institutional investor in Demandforce.
Joseph Ax / Thomson Reuters News and Insight Legal:
Occupy protester's tweets fair game for prosecutors: judge  —  An Occupy Wall Street protester has lost his bid to quash a subpoena seeking his Twitter records from last fall, when he was arrested during a mass protest on the Brooklyn Bridge.  —  Criminal Court Judge Matthew Sciarrino Jr. …
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Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Google Details Chrome Browser Security-testing Technology  —  Since late last year, Google has been using an industrial-strength testing system to identify, analyze and fix security holes in its Chrome browser, helping it significantly cut down on the number of vulnerabilities that slip through …
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 …
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.
More: Business Insider and VentureBeatTweets: @levie
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.
Anna Heim / The Next Web:
YouTube co-founders raise Series A funding for AVOS from Google Ventures, NEA and others  —  Internet company AVOS Systems has raised a Series A round of funding, co-founder Chad Hurley announced on stage during a fireside chat at The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam today.
Dow Jones Newswires:
Aware Sells Patents To Intel For $75 Million  —  Aware Inc. (AWRE) has agreed to sell a portfolio of patents and applications to Intel Corp. (INTC) for about $75 million, in the latest example of the industry-wide battle for technology patents.  —  The relevant patents are related to wi-fi …
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 …
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’.

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