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April 9, 2012, 11:05 AM

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
AOL Sells 800 Patents For $1 Billion To Microsoft [Memo To Staff]  —  This just in: one chapter of AOL's patent journey is coming to an end.  The company is selling 800 patents to Microsoft for just north of $1 billion.  —  Tim Armstrong, the CEO of AOL, says that the company will continue …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Attention Marc Andreessen: Microsoft Just Bought (Part Of) Netscape  —  Here's a deal that would have made many minds explode back in the 1990s: Microsoft is buying Netscape.  Or at least, most of the important parts of the company that used to be synonymous with “Internet”.
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
AOL sells more than 800 patents to Microsoft in $1 billion+ cash deal  —  Huge news from the patent front this morning, as AOL (note: my employer until very recently) and Microsoft have struck a deal that will see the former sell more than 800 of its patents to the Redmond software giant.
Brian X. Chen / Bits:
On Release Date, Crucial Nokia Phone Is Hard to Buy in New York  —  AT&T said last month that when Nokia's new Lumia 900 phone went on sale April 8, it would benefit from the company's biggest product introduction ever, exceeding even the iPhone's.  —  The big day is here.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
AT&T's iPhone unlock process detailed: A quick online chat, Apple does the unlocking, requires IMEI only  —  If you're looking to have your iPhone unlocked from AT&T's service, you can do so over the company's online chat and Apple is the one actually doing the unlocking.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
SEC Filing: Chris Sacca Raising $25M For New Fund, Lowercase Spur  —  Investor Chris Sacca is raising as much as $25 million for his new fund, Lowercase Spur, according to a new SEC filing.  He's been working on it for at least a little while — Bloomberg BusinessWeek heard he was working on it a month ago …
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Google Plots Web Domain-Buying Spree  —  Search Giant Among Brands That Say They Plan to Apply for Generic Top-Level Domains  —  This week marks a major step toward a dramatically expanded internet, but only a few brands — including Google and Deloitte — say they'll take advantage of it.
Robin Parrish / Apple Gazette:
Inside Apple HQ  —  Outside the main entrance at Apple Headquarters  —  Insiders call it the Mothership.  It's Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California, and to Apple fans, it's a place thought of with romance and wonder.  Only the privileged elect have ever been deep within …
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Brooks Barnes / Media Decoder:
Google Moves In on Hollywood's Night in Washington  —  Google and its executive chairman, Eric E. Schmidt, played a leading role in defeating antipiracy legislation last year.  —  LOS ANGELES — The annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner is Hollywood's big night in Washington.
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Ex-Facebook insiders building next wave of Silicon Valley firms  —  An elite group of Facebook friends, most still in their 20s, have already helped change the world.  Now they're working together to do it again.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — All eyes are on Facebook Inc., which is on the verge of a $100-billion initial public stock offering.

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