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April 10, 2012, 8:25 PM

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Andy Baio / Wired:
Instagram's Buyout: No Bubble to See Here  —  Instagram's billion-dollar sale to Facebook raised eyebrows Monday, renewing fears of a new tech bubble.  But compared to other major acquisitions since the dot-com bust, turns out it's a pretty sane deal.  —  To put the acquisition in perspective …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Instagram and Facebook: the next tech bubble?  —  Facebook has bought the photo-sharing service for $1bn.  What does history tell us about the wisdom of such mega-deals?  —  A company with no revenues and barely any staff gets acquired for a billion dollars?  It has to be a bubble, doesn't it?
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
It's Official: Yahoo Reorgs Itself Just Like We Said (Memo Time!)  —  Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson just sent this note to Yahoo employees, about a new organization for the company.  —  “It's time for Yahoo! to move forward, and fast,” wrote Thompson (using punctuation I really, with nice comma deployment).
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
The 4 inch iPhone 5  —  In the past year of so the smartphone landscape has seen a trend of screen size increasing from around 3.2/3.5 inches to 4.3, 4.65 and as high as 5.3 inches in the case of the Samsung Galaxy Note.  The iPhone screen however, has remained at 3.5 inches since its debut in 2007.
Jason Snell / Macworld:
iTunes: Time to right the syncing ship  —  When Apple introduced iTunes in 2001, it served one purpose: As a music jukebox app.  Later that year, it added its most important feature: The ability to sync tracks with the just-introduced iPod.  Originally, you could just drag tracks onto …
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Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Apple Snubs Firm That Discovered Mac Botnet, Tries To Cut Off Its Server Monitoring Infections  —  Dr. Web's chief executive Boris Sharov, who says Apple never responded when the firm shared its findings on the Flashback botnet.  —  Until it was revealed last week that more than half …
MJ Lee / POLITICO:
Hillary Clinton likes ‘Texts from Hillary’ Tumblr  —  “Texts From Hillary” has just added one VIP to its fan base: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton herself.  —  Adam Smith, who created the Tumblr account that has quickly gone viral with his friend Stacy Lambe - both communications professionals based …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Amazon Takes In-App Purchases Out Of Beta: Here's How They Compromised On Revenue Share  —  Amazon is taking the wraps off a new in-app purchasing service today in an effort to make its app store competitive with what Apple and Google offer developers.  That should let developers …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Apple CEO Tim Cook to Appear as Opening Speaker at the D10 Conference  —  Walt Mossberg and I could not be more thrilled to announce that Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, will be the opening-night speaker at our 10th D: All Things Digital conference.  —  It will be Cook's first appearance at D …
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
500px aims to take out Flickr with $20/year plan, unlimited storage, market function and Mac uploader  —  In a move that should be a surprise to nobody, technology darling 500px is moving to take out Flickr with a new Plus plan.  The company had previously held a high-level plan that was priced …
Reuters:
Court narrows reach of computer fraud law  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court rejected the government's broad reading of a computer fraud law to prosecute workers who steal from company computers, saying it could expose millions of Americans to prosecution for harmless activities at work.
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 …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Microsoft's latest Facebook project: Meet ‘A Year In The Like’  —  Microsoft and Facebook are quite the buddies, with strong product integration, and Redmond owning a piece of the social giant.  That friendship was recently on display with the launch of a new little Microsoft project called …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Gnip Adds Data From Sina Weibo's 300M Users  —  Social-data provider Gnip will provide access to updates on Sina Weibo, the Chinese microblogging service with more than 300 million registered users.  —  The intent is for Gnip's social-media monitoring customers to help their own clients keep track …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
SAP Acquires Enterprise Mobile App Platform And Development Partner Syclo  —  SAP is furthering its mobile presence today by acquiring Syclo, a company that provides an enterprise mobile app platform.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.  —  Syclo helps companies build …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
AT&T Unlocking In-Contract iPhones for Deployed Service Members  —  This weekend, AT&T began unlocking iPhones for off-contract customers.  This allows the iPhone be used with a SIM-card from overseas carriers, or T-Mobile in the U.S. In addition to unlocking phones for off-contract customers …

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