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April 15, 2012, 3:25 PM

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New York Times:
Instagram Founders Were Helped by Bay Area Connections  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Past midnight, in a dimly lighted warehouse jutting into the San Francisco Bay, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger introduced something they had been working on for weeks: a photo-sharing iPhone application called Instagram.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Twitter Wanted to Buy Instagram, But Facebook Beat it to it  —  Facebook may have secured the $1 billion acquisition of Instagram last week but it appears it wasn't the only social network that was interested in the service, with a recent New York Times report suggesting that Twitter was also in the running.
More: Business InsiderTweets: @davezatz
Ian Katz / Guardian:
Web freedom faces greatest threat ever, warns Google's Sergey Brin  —  Exclusive: Threats range from governments trying to control citizens to the rise of Facebook and Apple-style ‘walled gardens’  —  The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation …
More: CNET and AJETweets: @ajkeen
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Proposes $25,000 Fine on Google  —  WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Commission proposed a $25,000 fine on Google Inc., accusing the search giant of deliberately obstructing an investigation into whether the company violated federal rules when its street-mapping service collected …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
How former Microsoft tech chief Nathan Myhrvold could have created the iPhone  —  Myhrvold's ‘consumer computer’ vision in 1991, as published by Men's Journal.  —  Nathan Myhrvold is back in the national spotlight again, but in a very different way this time.  —  Myhrvold in his chef's garb
Keith Teare / TechCrunch:
The Mobile Paradox  —  Google's stock declined by over 4% yesterday.  Many have put this down to the company's decision to create a non-voting class of stock as part of a control-retention exercise as the founders sell shares.  But more is going on here.  In the same week as Facebook acquired Instagram …
Jason Calacanis / LAUNCH:
The One Product That Makes Apple a Trillion-Dollar Company Overnight  —  Apple will become a trillion-dollar company based not on iPads and Apple TV, but payments.  —  Imagine taking out your iPhone and instead of buying Angry Birds you bought the latest Groupon.
Tweets: @tcarmodyThanks:@jason
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Finally Gets Right To Gmail Trademark In Germany  —  When Google launched Gmail in Germany in 2005, it was quickly barred from using the Gmail name for its email product there.  German entrepreneur Daniel Giersch, after all, had registered the ‘G-mail’ trademark (short for Giersch mail) …
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
Google Wallet boosted by EC probe into rival phone payment project  —  Google has been handed a major headstart on cornering the UK's ‘swipe and pay’ mobile phone payments market with its Google Wallet, after the European Commission delayed a rival project by Britain's biggest mobile operators.

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