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April 9, 2012, 2:40 PM

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
I'm excited to share the news that we've agreed to acquire Instagram  —  I'm excited to share the news that we've agreed to acquire Instagram and that their talented team will be joining Facebook.  For years, we've focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Facebook to Acquire Photo-Sharing Start-Up Instagram for $1B  —  Facebook has just announced that it will acquire Instagram, the popular photo-sharing service for $1 billion in cash and shares.  —  The social networking site posted on the acquisition, its biggest yet, on its site …
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 …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
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.
Jonathan Koomey / Technology Review:
The Computing Trend that Will Change Everything  —  Computing isn't just getting cheaper.  It's becoming more energy efficient.  That means a world populated by ubiquitous sensors and streams of nanodata.
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.
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.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Expert: iPad Wi-Fi issues may be linked to power management  —  Unlikely that faulty hardware causing poor wireless connections  —  The Wi-Fi reliability problems reported by iPad owners can probably be solved with a software update, a hardware expert said Friday.
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.
More: 9to5Google
Roger Cheng / CNET:
T-Mobile, Leap swap spectrum  —  T-Mobile USA and Leap wireless said today they plan on exchanging spectrum in several markets in the U.S. to better improve the potential coverage.  —  The spectrum swap also includes T-Mobile, Cool Inlet/VS GSM VII PCS, a joint venture in which T-Mobile …
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 …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Woof!  Rover.com Fetches $3.4 Million to Be Airbnb for Dogs.  —  Rover.com has raised $3.4 million to be the Airbnb of the dog-boarding market.  —  Rover is an alternative to dog kennels, much like how Airbnb offers an alternative to staying in hotels.  —  In addition to announcing …
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 …
More: PhoneArena
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
How to Budget Megabytes Becomes More Urgent for Users  —  Everyone knows how long a minute is.  And your cellphone carrier keeps close tabs on how many you have used this month.  Now, in the smartphone era, more people are being forced to think about how many megabytes of data they are using.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Before OMGPOP Sold For $210 Million, The CEO Hired Back Everyone He Laid Off And Made Sure They Cashed In  —  A few months ago, OMGPOP was about to go bust.  —  Its Facebook games weren't performing and prospects were so bleak, CEO Dan Porter was forced to lay off several of the startup's flash developers.
More: WebProNews
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Joins Google, Facebook, EFF In Repeat Infringer Copyright Battle  —  Flava Works, Inc v. Gunter is an ongoing case involving an adult studio plaintiff and a user-submitted video links/video embedding site.  —  It has become so important that some of the world's leading Internet companies …

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