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April 11, 2013, 1:35 PM

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Sarah Frier / Businessweek:
Foursquare Gets $41 Million Investment, Time to Grow  —  When Dennis Crowley debuted Foursquare, his location-based social media app, at South by Southwest in 2009, he got rave reviews.  The tech blog Mashable called Foursquare the “breakout mobile app” of the event.  VentureBeat called it “the next Twitter.”
Mark Zuckerberg / Washington Post:
Mark Zuckerberg: Immigrants are the key to a knowledge economy  —  Mark Zuckerberg is founder and chief executive of Facebook and co-founder of Fwd.us.  (Washington Post Co. Chairman Donald E. Graham is a member of Facebook's board of directors.)  —  Earlier this year I started teaching …
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Apple, Google Not Interested in Settlement, Judge Says  —  Apple Inc. and Google Inc. (GOOG)'s Motorola Mobility unit are more interested in using litigation as a business strategy than in resolving disputes over the use of patented technology, a federal judge in Florida said.
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Plans 7-inch Tablet  —  The personal-computer business is at a crossroads, and Microsoft Corp. isn't sitting still.  —  The software giant is developing a new lineup of its Surface tablets, including a 7-inch version expected to go into mass production later this year, said people familiar with the company's plans.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Microsoft has no fast Windows fixes as PC sales crater  —  Summary: Microsoft can ride Windows 7 upgrades in the enterprise for a bit, but the dismal PC sales picture is worrisome for the company's flagship OS—especially if it can't get tablet and smartphone traction.
Sue Marek / FierceWireless:
Verizon CEO: 50% of our wireless traffic is video  —  LAS VEGAS—Video accounts for 50 percent of Verizon Wireless' (NYSE:VZ) network traffic today and by 2017 the carrier estimates video will make up two-thirds of all traffic over the network.  Speaking at the National Association …
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Mega is official and comes in 6.3- and 5.8-inch sizes  —  We knew Samsung was planning more devices, but we didn't expect the arrival of two Galaxy Mega smartphones .  The 6.3-inch model has a ‘HD display’ (we're chasing the precise resolution) alongside a dual-core 1.7GHz processor …
Help Net Security:
Hijacking airplanes with an Android phone  —  An extremely well attended talk by Hugo Teso, a security consultant at n.runs AG in Germany, about the completely realistic scenario of plane hijacking via a simple Android app has galvanized the crowd attending the Hack In The Box Conference in Amsterdam today.
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
Adam Orth, Microsoft game exec who insulted fans on Twitter, has left the company (updated)  —  Update: This story originally featured an image that we used without proper attribution.  We have removed it and apologize to the artist.  —  Microsoft game director Adam Orth …
Bloomberg:
Google Formalizes Settlement Offer to EU in Antitrust Probe  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) submitted a formal set of remedies to the European Union that will soon be shown to rivals and customers as part of settlement talks to end a two- year probe into claims its search results discriminate against competitors.
Jasper Hamill / The Register:
P2P badboys The Pirate Bay kicked out of Greenland: Took under 48 hours  —  Arrrrr... But we only just got here  —  The Pirate Bay has been torpedoed after telecoms companies from two countries blocked the website's dual domains.  —  The world's largest file-sharing site moved …
Brooke Sutherland / Bloomberg:
Dish Deals Made Possible by Exxon-Like Cash: Real M&A  —  Dish Network Corp. (DISH) Chairman Charlie Ergen has accumulated a record $10 billion in cash, leaving investors to speculate whether he's setting his sights on a takeover of T-Mobile USA Inc. or a merger with rival DirecTV.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Twitter Suffers Brief Link Service Outage  —  Twitter looked to be experiencing technical problems on Thursday morning, as users complained of not being able to access URLs and links tweeted through the microblogging service.  —  Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Swipely now processing $500M yearly, adds features to track offline campaigns  —  Swipely, the only startup from Rhode Island that I can name, has doubled the total ‘flow’ of payments through its system in the past quarter.  That's to say that the company is now processing payments at a rate …

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