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April 6, 2012, 7:40 PM

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Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Microsoft subsidizes developers up to $600,000 per Windows Phone app  —  How desperate is Microsoft to get developers to write apps for Windows Phone?  The company is willing to subsidize them up to $600,000 per app.  —  With an estimated 70,000 apps available for Windows Phone …
New York Times:
To Fill Out Its App Store, Microsoft Wields Its Checkbook  —  Nowadays, cellphones are all about apps.  And Microsoft is so determined to have lots of brand-name apps for its Windows Phone app store that it's willing to pay for them.  —  All an app developer has to do is sign on the dotted line.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
AT&T Will Unlock Off-Contract iPhones Starting Sunday, April 8  —  AT&T has announced it will begin unlocking customers' iPhones once their 2-year contracts have expired.  The move will free up the currently-locked devices to use a micro-SIM from any carrier offering a network compatible with the device.
John Pavlus / Technology Review:
An Expert's View on Google's Goggles  —  Mark Changizi, a neurobiologist and the author of The Vision Revolution, discusses Google's augmented-reality glasses.  —  Project Glass, the latest sci-fi concept to come out of Google's X Lab, has gotten a lot of attention online in the past 24 hours thanks …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
The Verge:
First Google tablet now expected in July due to price cutting effort  —  Google's first foray into the tablet market with a co-branded Android device won't be with us until July at the earliest.  The current design was ready to go for May, but Google pushed back the planned release …
Brian X. Chen / Bits:
Why Is AT&T Releasing Nokia's Big Phone on Easter?  —  AT&T has said that the release of the Nokia Lumia 900 will be its biggest product introduction ever.  But the phone is coming out on Easter Sunday, when some AT&T stores won't even be open.  —  Melissa Havel, a spokeswoman representing Microsoft …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Sequoia Set to Lead $500M Valuation Round for Instagram  —  The fact is, if you make a consumer Internet app that people actually use, you're probably raising venture capital right now.  So we try not to write about every funding round that's in the works.  But it looks like Instagram …
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Heirs to Old Money Plunge Into Tech  —  Like many young scions, Mark Ghermezian joined the family business, an empire started by his grandfather that now includes banks, manufacturing companies and the largest mall in America.  He spent two years leading an energy group, managing dozens of oil and gas drilling sites across Texas.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Security hole in Facebook iOS app doesn't require jailbreak or theft, and Dropbox has it too [Updated]  —  Earlier today, security researcher Gareth Wright revealed the discovery of a security hole in the Facebook app for mobile devices running Android and iOS.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Security Company Palo Alto Networks Files For $175 Million IPO  —  Palo Alto Networks, a security software company, has filed its S-1 for a public offering, aiming to raise as much as $175 million.  The company was rumored to be in the process of filing earlier this year.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Aileen Lee Launches Kleiner-Backed Seed Fund  —  Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Aileen Lee is founding a new seed fund — still unnamed — that is focused on backing and helping develop early-stage start-ups.  —  Lee, who has been at the famed Silicon Valley venture firm for a dozen years …
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Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Pinterest now the third most popular social network after Facebook & Twitter  —  As if there was ever any doubt that the “pin” is winning, a new report from Experian says Pinterest is now the third most popular social network in the U.S., based on number of visits, surpassed only by Facebook and Twitter.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Exclusive: a behind-the-scenes look at Facebook release engineering  —  Facebook is headquartered in Menlo Park, California at a site that used belong to Sun Microsystems.  A large sign with Facebook's distinctive “like” symbol—a hand making the thumbs-up gesture—marks the entrance.
Brad Dwyer / Hatchlings Blog:
Don't Be Evil: How Google Screwed a Startup  —  After trying to go through the “proper channels” for almost a year now it's time to share this story of how Google screwed over our startup with the world. … In a nutshell: Google bid on, displayed, and then failed to pay for over $40,000 of advertising space on Hatchlings.

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