Today in Tech: The lost 'Google phone'

April 26, 2012: 3:30 AM ET

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* Google (GOOG) is seeking partnerships with automakers to eventually bring its self-driving car technology to real-world drivers. Though, the company still needs to conduct "millions of miles" of testing, and it may take another decade to bring to market. (The Wall Street Journal)

* One good thing to come out of the Oracle (ORCL) vs. Google trial? A wealth of new information about Android, including initial revenue expectations and designs for the first "Google Phone" dating all the way back from 2006. (The Verge)

* Business software maker SAP (SAP) announced quarterly results yesterday, reporting its ninth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth in sales -- 3.35 billion euros ($4.43 billion) in total. (Fortune)

* Capitalizing on 250% year-over-year growth in iPad usage, LinkedIn unveiled a slick new app for the tablet. The new app features, among other things, a section called "All Updates," where a dashboard displays appointments, news updates, the weather, what coworkers are sharing, as well as alerts of connections with new jobs. (LinkedIn)

* Why Amazon's (AMZN) potential ability to lower e-book prices to $9.99 may be good news -- for now. The move may occur largely thanks to the Justice Department's suit against Apple (AAPL) and five major book publishers for allegedly fixing book prices. (CNNMoney)

* Sprint (S) intends to keep offering Unlimited data plans, even if the next iPhone ends up supporting faster fourth-generation LTE network speeds. (CNET)

* Microsoft (MSFT) plans to introduce a new music service codenamed "Woodstock" at this year's E3 convention. According to The Verge, Woodstock may operate similarly to the popular streaming service Spotify, will feature deep Facebook integration, and won't require additional plug-ins to work. (The Verge)

* Hot mobile payments start-up Square now processes $5 billion worth of credit card transactions a year, a %25 increase from the year before. (Bloomberg)

* Why your online Klout score may really matter, particularly during some job interviews. (Wired)

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JP Mangalindan
JP Mangalindan
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JP Mangalindan is a San Francisco-based writer at Fortune, covering Silicon Valley. Since joining in 2010, he has written on a wide array of topics, from the turnaround of eBay to the evolution of net neutrality. A graduate of Fordham University, Mangalindan has also written for GQ, Popular Science, and Entertainment Weekly.

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