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April 10, 2012, 5:25 AM

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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.
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 and stock.  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.
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.
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 …
Mike Isaac / Wired:
Exclusive: Facebook Deal Nets Instagram CEO $400 Million  —  Facebook's acquisition of the immensely popular photo-sharing service Instagram for $1 billion is far and away the largest acquisition in the history of the world's largest social network.  But for CEO Kevin Systrom and company, it's a windfall payday like none other.
Reuters:
Microsoft trumps Amazon, others for AOL patents  —  (Reuters) - AOL Inc's months-long auction to sell the majority of its patent trove attracted interest from e-commerce giants Amazon and eBay, which have been largely absent from the recent patent wars.  —  AOL said it was selling …
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.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google's Chrome OS Will Soon Look More Like Windows Than A Browser  —  It's hard to say how popular Chrome OS, Google's browser-centric operating system, really is.  There can be little doubt, though, that Google is quite serious about this initiative.  Today, Google launched …
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Investor Update  —  PandoDaily has always had a pact with readers that we'll be open and honest- particularly on the subject of our investors.  Typically, this means we're telling you about new investors.  —  Today, however, we find ourselves in the unexpected position of having to disclose …
Android Developers Blog:
A Faster Emulator with Better Hardware Support  —  The Android emulator is a key tool for Android developers in building and testing their apps.  As the power and diversity of Android devices has grown quickly, it's been hard for the emulator keep pace.  Today we're thrilled …
Clint Boulton / The CIO Report:
Google Organizational Changes Cloud the Future of Apps  —  Signs are emerging that Google is de-emphasizing its efforts in online productivity tools that compete with Microsoft, which was never the core of its business to being with, to focus even more on search and social networking, and its increasing competition with Facebook.
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Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Carriers Band to Fight Cellphone Theft  —  The nation's major wireless providers have agreed to a deal with the U.S. government to build a central database of stolen cellphones—part of a broad effort to tame an explosion of thefts nationwide.  —  The database, which the wireless companies …
Agam Shah / Computerworld:
India's $35 tablet getting new hardware, Android 4.0  —  The $35 Aakash 2 will ship in two to three weeks  —  India's highly touted $35 tablet, set to ship in two to three weeks, is getting a makeover with improved hardware and Google's Android 4.0 OS, according to the company assembling the device for the Indian government.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Analyst Cuts Apple Rating on Prospect of iPhone Subsidy Revolt  —  Now here are two words you don't often see in the same sentence: Apple and downgrade.  Yet here they are in a note from BTIG Research's Walter Piecyk, who this morning cut his rating on the company's shares to “neutral” from “buy.”

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