April 27, 2012, 1:25 PM

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Declan McCullagh / CNET:
How CISPA would affect you (faq)  —  CISPA may have cleared the U.S. House of Representatives, but the fight isn't over.  It's shifted to the U.S. Senate.  Here's CNET's FAQ on what you need to know about this particularly controversial Internet bill.  —  Follow @declanm
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
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Lead Android developer thinks a five-month wait for an update is ‘very reasonable’  —  Jean-Baptiste Queru, technical lead on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), has revealed his opinion on the current state of the project and the lengthy waits users face for updates.
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.
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 …
More: Betabeat
Cade Metz / Wired:
Say Hello to Windows Azure, The World's Most Misunderstood Cloud  —  Jeremy Howard sees Silicon Valley as an echo chamber.  He recently moved to Northern California from Australia, looking to improve the fortunes of his startup, an ingenious operation known as Kaggle, and he soon found …
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.
Lior Abraham / Facebook:
Under the hood: Data diving with Scuba  —  At Facebook, we often find ourselves seeking very specific answers to complicated questions.  Whether we're diagnosing a performance regression or measuring the impact of an infrastructure change, we want data, and we want it fast.
More: GigaOM
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.
Eric Randall / The Atlantic Wire:
Are You a Klouchebag?  —, a new parody of Klout, is the most entertaining expression we've seen of a growing backlash against the clout-measuring service's recent spate of media attention.  Klout is a service that measures your influence across various social networks based …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Two Angry Birds leaders leave the nest to start Boomlagoon (exclusive)  —  Angry Birds has become a worldwide phenomenon with more than 700 million downloads.  So it's no small event when two of the leaders who created the mobile game leave the nest at Rovio to form their own game studio.
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.
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.
Keith Stuart / Guardian:
Nintendo to begin simultaneous digital and retail releases  —  The veteran video game giant has just suffered its first ever annual loss, prompting a new focus on digital downloads  —  In an investor meeting following the news of Nintendo's £330m annual loss, president Satoru Iwata …
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. …
More: Betabeat
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon settles $269M Texas tax bill with jobs, investment and ‘immaterial payment’  — has reached a settlement in one of its largest and longest-running state tax disputes, reaching a deal with the Texas comptroller to resolve the state's claims that the company owed some $269 million in back taxes in the state.
More: Mashable!Thanks:@johnhcook
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
LivingSocial picks up online ordering software firm ONOSYS for at least $6.5m  —  Groupon rival LivingSocial has acquired online and mobile ordering software company ONOSYS.  Bloomberg has the scoop, but the financial details of the agreement were seemingly kept under wraps.
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 …
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 …

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