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2:55 PM ET, March 20, 2011


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Snaptu blog:
We've agreed to be acquired by Facebook!  —  The Snaptu team is excited to announce today that we recently agreed to be acquired by Facebook.  —  Our goal when we founded Snaptu in 2007 was to provide useful and innovative services to the 95 percent of mobile users that don't have access to advanced smart phones.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Facebook Acquires Snaptu (For An Estimated $60 - $70 Million)  —  According to several Israeli business newspapers (TheMarker, Calcalist) Facebook has acquired Snaptu for an estimated $60 - $70 million, although some reports peg the price lower, at around $40 million.
Discussion: SAI, GeekWire and The Next Web
Mike Harrison / Bloomberg:
AT&T Agrees to Buy Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA Unit for $39 Billion  —  AT&T Inc. (T) said it entered a definitive agreement with Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) to acquire T- Mobile USA in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at approximately $39 billion.
Elizabeth Spiers / Spiersblr:
HOW NOT TO INTERACT WITH THE MEDIA 101, courtesy of Hashable CEO, Mike Yavonditte:  —  1. See a negative op-ed about your company wherein the author uses a metaphor describing you being a velvet rope telling people they're not “Hashable” enough.  —  2. Utterly fail to grasp metaphor.
Mike Taylor / Betabeat:
Hashable Is Worthless  —  If there's one thing I hate …
Discussion: @coreypein
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Does Anne Hathaway News Drive Berkshire Hathaway's Stock?  —  Given the awesome correlating powers of today's stock trading computers, the idea may not be as far-fetched as you think.  —  A couple weeks ago, Huffington Post blogger Dan Mirvish noted a funny trend: when Anne Hathaway was in the news …
Discussion: Examiner
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Apple's Safari Browser Gives Search Marketers Headaches  —  Apple's dominance on tablets and smartphones presents a threat to accurately measure and optimize the performance of paid-search marketing campaigns.  —  Search firm Marin Software published a white paper Tuesday based on findings …
Discussion: TUAW
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures Launches $10,000 Startup Referral Program For Employees  —  If you're a Google employee and you know about a stealth startup that wants funding, you can pocket a cool $10,000.  The Google Ventures team announced the new program at Google's weekly all-hands “TGIF” meeting, earlier this afternoon.
Aileen Lee / TechCrunch:
Why Women Rule The Internet  —  Editor's note: This guest post is written by Aileen Lee, Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.  Aileen focuses on investing in early stage consumer internet ventures and previously worked at Gap, Odwalla, The Northface and Morgan Stanley.
Discussion: Don Dodge on The Next …, Thanks:jancoo7
Laura Kusisto / Betabeat:
Apple Sour on Grand Central  —  Apple's plans to bring the world's largest iStore to Grand Central always seemed to defy all laws of taste, landmarks preservation and possibly even physics.  —  Apparently, Apple has reached the same conclusion, because a source close to the M.T.A. has confirmed …
Fred / A VC:
The War For Talent  —  Steve Blank says in his New Rules For The New Internet Bubble: … I'm hearing this from everyone I know in Silicon Valley.  And you can see the evidence on the web.  —  Joshua Schachter posted this on his twitter feed yesterday.  This is what a new developer gets when they show up at work at Tasty Labs.
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Do not track tools push firms to crossroad  —  Hundreds of millions of Web surfers finally have the ability to easily tell marketers they don't want their online activities monitored.  —  Microsoft's updated Internet Explorer browser released on Tuesday and the new version of Mozilla's Firefox set …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Big Mobile Data Dive From SMX West  —  I moderated the three mobile sessions on mobile at SMX West earlier this month: Mobile Search Ads, Location Services: The New Local Search? and Mobile Apps.  A ton of great advice, stats and data came out of these sessions; you had to be fast to get it all.
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