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March 21, 2012, 9:30 PM

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Dan Porter / Zynga Blog:
OMG, Zynga Welcomes a New Member to the Family  —  Put down your smartphones and iPads for just a sec. I've got some big news.  Today I'm excited to tell you about a new addition to the Zynga family, OMGPOP.  This New York-based developer of social mobile games has recently received a lot …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Done Deal: Zynga Gets “Draw Something” Phenom By Acquiring OMGPOP.  (We're Hearing $210M.)  —  Zynga agreed to buy OMGPOP, the maker of massive Pictionary-like hit Draw Something, winning out over several other large gaming companies who had taken a look at the deal.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
iPhoto for iPad, iPhone hits 1 million users in less than 10 days  —  iPhoto for iPad, iPhone hits 1 million users in less than 10 days  —  Apple told me today that its newest iOS app, iPhoto, hit 1 million users in less than 10 days after its release.  It's important to note that figure is users, not downloads.
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Google Said to Rethink Wallet Strategy Amid Slow Adoption  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) is weighing changes aimed at improving its Google Wallet mobile-payment system following slow adoption and the departure of two key managers, according to people with knowledge of the project.
Peter Farago / Flurry Blog:
China Now Leads the World in New iOS and Android Device Activations  —  Flurry recently quantified China's meteoric adoption of iOS and Android applications.  While China ranked 10th in application sessions at the beginning of 2011, it finished the year in 2nd place, only behind the United States.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Exclusive: Hipstamatic, Instagram To Unveil Photo-Sharing Partnership  —  Last week, Instagram hit 27 million users, solidifying it not only as one of the most popular photo-sharing services on the market, but as one of the world's fastest-growing social networks.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Spotify announces 12 ‘next generation’ apps like TweetVine, Def Jam, Matador, and Domino  —  When Spotify launched its first wave of “apps” in November 2011, it made clear its goal to become “the OS of music,” a place to find, browse, and listen to million of songs.
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
YouTube launches “one click fix” to improve the quality of your videos  —  When we're trying to capture something really funny, awesome, or downright amusing with our camera, the video quality is the last thing we're thinking about.  Capture the moment is the goal, and if you do it right …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
DirecTV iPad app update adds video streaming on the go  —  In October, the “DirecTV” app added the ability to stream video over home networks.  Today, an update to the app adds the ability to stream shows and movies over 3G and Wi-Fi anywhere.  The new feature is limited to video content …
Yew Jin Lim / Docs Blog:
Spell checking powered by the web  —  One of my early projects at Google was to improve the suggestions that are made when a query is misspelled in Google Search.  The neat thing about that system is that it's adaptive: our suggestions get smarter and smarter based on the words Googlebot sees as it explores the web.
Sarah Mitroff / VentureBeat:
Recipe search engine Yummly grabs $6M to find mouth-watering recipes  —  Yummly, a recipe search engine that would make any recipe hoarder and home chef happy, announced Wednesday it has raised $6 million is its first round of funding.  The site compiles recipes from several popular recipes sites …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Amazon's Gift Card Promotion Nets $5 Million and Lots of New Subscribers  —  In just 17 hours yesterday, AmazonLocal sold one million Amazon gift cards for $5 million, making it the company's most successful promotion in the daily deals space to date.  —  That's not a big surprise …
More: CNET and Savvr
The Official Google Blog:
Visit the Amazon on World Forest Day with Street View  —  Last August, a few members of our Brazil and U.S. Street View and Google Earth Outreach teams were invited to the Amazon Basin to collect ground-level images of the rivers, forest and communities in the Rio Negro Reserve.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
The Hong Kong Firm Behind Those Quirky Animated News Shorts Bets $5M On Red Robot Labs  —  The Yakuza, Chinese Triads and more.  There's just so many more mafias for Benchmark-backed mobile gaming studio Red Robot Labs to infiltrate.  —  So the gaming company, which has made a huge bet on location …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
US Senate votes 76-22 to limit debate on JOBS Act, move bill forward  —  The US Senate voted today to limit debate on the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act).  The motion cleared the 60 vote hurdle, scoring some 76 votes.  That ample victory gives the bill momentum as it moves towards formal adoption.
Eileen Brown / Social Business Blog:
Microsoft Lifebrowser captures the important landmarks in your life  —  Summary: Using Machine Learning, Lifebrowser from Microsoft Research learns to predict ‘memory landmarks’, events of life that you consider important and it uses these landmarks to help you navigate your past.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
BlackBerry Partners Fund Manager ATP Rebrands As Relay Ventures, Raises $150M  —  ATP Capital, the firm that runs JLA Ventures, Clairmont Capital, and BlackBerry Partners Fund, is ready to start investing a new $150 million fund — and it will be doing so under a new name, Relay Ventures.
More: GigaOM

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