Jim Balsillie

Today in Tech: Why Facebook may make you lonely

April 13, 2012: 11:34 AM ET

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* Apple (AAPL) has responded to the Department of Justice's antitrust charges of colluding with book publishers, claiming the accusations are not true. "The launch of the iBookstore in 2010 fostered innovation and competition, breaking Amazon's monopolistic grip on the publishing industry," the company said in a statement. "Since then customers have benefited from eBooks that are more interactive and engaging. Just as we've allowed developers to set prices on the App Store, publishers set prices on the iBookstore." (All Things D)

* Google (GOOG) reported $8.14 billion in revenues during its most recent quarter, 24% higher than the same period last year but slightly below Wall Street predictions. The Mountain View-based company also announced a stock split, which may satisfy investors while allowing its founders to maintain control. (The Verge and The Wall Street Journal)

* Is Facebook making us lonely? Despite our increasingly hyper-connected status, a report claims society has never been lonelier or more narcissistic. (The Atlantic)

* Meet CarrierCompare: an iPhone app that lets users directly compare the quality of Verizon (VZ), Sprint (S), and AT&T's (T) networks in their area. (CNNMoney)

* Barnes & Noble (BKS) unveiled a new Nook reader: an e-ink-based screen with a new kind of lighting technology built in. (Fortune)

* Former Research in Motion (RIMM) co-CEO Jim Balsillie's aborted grand plan to resuscitate the company before stepping down. (Reuters)

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