April 15, 2012, 12:10 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.
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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
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.
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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.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Paper for iPad hits 1.5 million downloads in first two weeks  —  FiftyThree has just announced that its first app, Paper for iPad, has hit 1.5 million downloads in the App Store.  In comparison, an app like iPhoto (which is available for both iPhone and iPad) hit about one million downloads its first ten days on the App Store.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Party Ordered to Shut Down Pirate Bay Proxy  —  After two Dutch ISPs were ordered to censor The Pirate Bay earlier this year, there was an influx of visitors to Pirate Bay proxy sites.  —  These proxies render the court order useless, which is a thorn in the side of local anti-piracy outfit BREIN.

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