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April 9, 2012, 3:30 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 …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Right Before Acquisition, Instagram Closed $50M At A $500M Valuation From Sequoia, Thrive, Greylock And Benchmark  —  I'm as shocked as you are, namely because I was working on this as a funding story all morning.  Anyways, right before its billion dollar acquisition from Facebook …
Kevin Systrom / Instagram:
Instagram + Facebook  —  When Mike and I started Instagram nearly two years ago, we set out to change and improve the way the world communicates and shares.  We've had an amazing time watching Instagram grow into a vibrant community of people from all around the globe.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Here is why Facebook bought Instagram  —  You might have heard by now that Facebook has acquired Instagram for nearly a billion dollars in cash.  Incredible, isn't it?  I have received text messages of awe and shock from many people in the Valley, for no one saw this coming.
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:
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Nokia, AT&T launch the Lumia 900 amid few lines, strong buzz  —  AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) and Nokia (NYSE:NOK) launched the flagship Lumia 900 Windows Phone smartphone Sunday to few lines—since many stores were closed for Easter—but the device has generated a great deal of buzz online.
More: TechCrunch and AdAge
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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.
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: Betabeat
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Dave Thier / Forbes:
Computer Legend and Gaming Pioneer Jack Tramiel Dies at Age 83  —  Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore International and crucial figure in the early history of video games, died passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday, his family confirms.  He was 83 years old.
More: Examiner and Kotaku
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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