May 3, 2012, 9:15 AM

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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Microsoft Hires 14 Yahoo Researchers to Kick-Start New NYC Research Lab  —  Over the weekend, I reported that Duncan Watts, the well-known social network researcher, had left Yahoo to join Microsoft.  Turns out he's not the only one.  —  Microsoft snatched up not only Watts …
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Liquidmetal Inventor: Apple Will Use It In A ‘Breakthrough Product’  —  We've been hearing a lot about Liquidmetal lately, mostly because of rumors that Apple could be using the alloy in its next iPhone.  —  But what exactly is Liquidmetal?  What makes it so special that Apple decided to license the rights to use it in its products?
The Midas List — 2012's Top Tech Investors  —  1 Jim Breyer Accel Partners Facebook — 2 Marc Andreessen Andreessen Horowitz Skype — 3 Reid Hoffman Greylock Partners LinkedIn — 4 David Sze Greylock Partners Facebook — 5 Peter Fenton Benchmark Capital Twitter — 6 Josh Kopelman …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Apple Is Beating Android In The U.S., Despite Reports To The Contrary  —  Apple appears to have taken control of 50% of the smartphone market in the first quarter of 2012, despite a report to the contrary by NPD this morning.  —  NPD put out a press release saying Android …
New York Times:
Target, Unhappy With Being an Amazon Showroom, Will Stop Selling Kindles  —  Target, signaling its growing irritation with its rival Amazon, announced on Wednesday that it would stop selling the online retailer's Kindle e-readers.  —  Target, with almost 1,800 stores, is one of the bigger carriers …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Exclusive: $99 Xbox 360 + Kinect bundle launching next week with two-year subscription  —  Microsoft is planning to launch a $99 Xbox console package with a monthly subscription as early as next week, according to our sources.  The software giant will offer the 4GB console with a Kinect sensor …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Next-Generation Publishing Platform Hyperink Wants To Transform Blogs Into Books  —  YC company Hyperink, a next-generation digital book publishing platform, is debuting a new service which helps bloggers create short books from their existing content.  —  As we've reported in the past …
Joel Schectman / The CIO Report:
Skype Knew of Security Flaw Since November 2010, Researchers say  —  Skype was told a year and a half ago about a security flaw that allows for the location tracking of customers, but left it unfixed, the security researchers who first discovered the vulnerability told CIO Journal.
Michael Carney / PandoDaily:
“Apple DNA” Attracts Nate Johnson to Join Path as VP of Marketing  —  Path's biggest challenge has never been the quality of its product (it's gorgeous).  The greatest obstacle for the startup has been getting the word out about the value proposition of a more intimate social network.
Thomas Houston / The Verge:
Rdio launches in the UK and France  —  We're seeing reports on Twitter that music streaming service Rdio has launched in the UK and France with a 7-day free trial of unlimited listening.  There's no official word yet from Rdio, but we've also been able to successfully sign up for the free trial …
Paul McNamara / Network World:
EXCLUSIVE: Watch Steve Jobs play FDR in Apple's long-lost takeoff on famous ‘1984’ Macintosh TV commercial  —  If all you want to see is Steve Jobs playfully portraying Franklin Delano Roosevelt - right down to the cigarette holder - here's that short clip before we get to the longer version …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Enjoys 12 Million Traffic Boost, Shares Unblocking Tips  —  Last Friday the UK High Court ruled that several of country's leading ISPs must censor The Pirate Bay website having ruled in February that the site and its users breach copyright on a grand scale.
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Thorsten Talks: RIM CEO Sounds Off On Licensing, Updating Devices, And The U.S. Market  —  Just because the first day of BlackBerry World is over doesn't mean we mobile geeks have run out of BlackBerry-related tidbits to pick apart.  —  Oh, far from it — in fact, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins took the stage …
Settlement with HP isn't going to happen: Oracle  —  (Reuters) - An Oracle Corp attorney ruled out a settlement with Hewlett-Packard Co in a bitter lawsuit over the Itanium microprocessor, a day after the judge refused to resolve the case for either side before trial.
David Cohen / AllFacebook:
Facebook Introduces Open Graph Action Links  —  Move over, action verbs, and make way for action links, which Facebook introduced today as a way for users to interact directly with timeline applications.  Action links are customizable links that permit app developers to allow users …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Novel Android Malware Spotted on Compromised Web Sites  —  Demonstrating the increasing sophistication of mobile malware, a new Android Trojan is spreading via compromised Web sites and could potentially be used to crack corporate and government networks.  —  The bug, dubbed NotCompatible …
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Oracle Claims $777 Million Damages in SAP Infringement Case  —  Oracle Corp. (ORCL) said it will claim damages of $776.7 million in its retrial of a copyright- infringement lawsuit against SAP AG (SAP), the biggest maker of business-management software.  —  Oracle decided in February to pursue …
Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:
Judge again orders Apple, Samsung to streamline claims in iPad patent case  —  The companies' lawyers have until Monday to simplify the case enough for a scheduled July 30 trial  —  Apple and Samsung Electronics have until Monday to further boil down the number of claims to be considered …
More: CNET and AppleInsider
Wall Street Journal:
Microchip Tech to Buy Standard Microsystems for $939 Million  —  Microchip Technology Inc. agreed to buy Standard Microsystems Corp. for about $939 million, the latest sign of market forces pushing mid-sized semiconductor makers together.  —  The chip sector has many specialized vendors …
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
Google's Language Immersion Chrome extension translates random text to teach foreign lingo  —  Berlitz may be the best way to learn a foreign language, but most of us have neither the time nor the ability to fully immerse ourselves in the vocabulary of another country.
Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
Demand and Google leave farm fight behind with “premium” YouTube channels  —  It was only about 14 months ago that Google made headlines for targeting Demand Media with algorithmic pesticides, classifying the Santa Monica, Calif.-based company's freelancer-produced content …
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Tumblr Wants $25,000 Per Ad—Here's What They Look Like  —  Tumblr, the blogging platform with a massive audience but negligible revenues, has set its entry-level ad price at $25,000, the company said in an email.  —  The ad spots are on Tumblr Radar and Tumblr Spotlight …
Regan Clark / Yodel Anecdotal:
Yahoo! Small Business Launches Yahoo! Marketing Dashboard  —  A free offering that changes the way small business manage their online marketing and reputation  —  Today, Yahoo! Small Business launched the Yahoo! Marketing Dashboard, a free tool that helps entrepreneurs discover …

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