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April 18, 2012, 10:35 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
In Facebook Deal for Instagram, Board Was All But Out of Picture  —  On the morning of Sunday, April 8, Facebook Inc.'s youthful chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, alerted his board of directors that he intended to buy Instagram, the hot photo-sharing service.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Sources: current Windows Phone devices will not get ‘Apollo’ upgrade  —  Earlier today, a developer evangelist for Microsoft was quoted as saying that all Windows Phone devices would get an upgrade to the “next major version” of the operating system.  Now, a trusted source close to Microsoft tells us …
Fred Wilson / A VC:
The Twitter “Patent Hack”  —  Yesterday Twitter announced that they plan to amend the assignments agreements that they sign with their employees.  They call this proposed amendment the Innovator's Patent Agreement.  I've been aware of this effort inside of Twitter for a while and I like to call …
Adam Messinger / Twitter Blog:
Introducing the Innovator's Patent Agreement  —  One of the great things about Twitter is working with so many talented folks who dream up and build incredible products day in and day out.  Like many companies, we apply for patents on a bunch of these inventions.
Brent Schlender / Fast Company:
The Lost Steve Jobs Tapes  —  A treasure trove of unearthed interviews, conducted by the writer who knew him best, reveals how Jobs's ultimate success at Apple can be traced directly to his so-called wilderness years.  —  If Steve Jobs's life were staged as an opera, it would be a tragedy in three acts.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Square's Next Round Could Swipe a $4 Billion Valuation  —  Square is seeking to raise a fresh round of capital at a massive valuation of up to $4 billion, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.  —  If the company is successful, it will have quadrupled …
More: VentureBeat and CNET
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
CEO Scott Thompson To Cut 50 Properties: “Yahoo Has Been Doing Way Too Much”  —  CEO Scott Thompson outlined his vision today for how Yahoo can start growing again.  His big theme: Focus, focus, focus.  —  “Yahoo has been doing way too much for too long and was only doing a few things really well,” Thompson said.
Mark Sullivan / PC World:
3G and 4G Wireless Speed Showdown: Which Networks Are Fastest?  —  We tested 3G and 4G wireless data transfer speeds—indoors and out—for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, at multiple locations in 13 major cities.  Here's what we found.  —  It's been a year since we looked closely …
Walt Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Permission to Procrastinate: Wait to Get a New Laptop  —  If you're thinking of buying a new laptop this spring, my advice is to think again.  Unless your laptop is on its last legs and you have to move quickly, there are compelling reasons to wait until at least the summer, and probably the fall …
More: BuzzFeed
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple and Samsung CEOs and chief lawyers agree to meet in San Francisco court for settlement talks moderated by magistrate judge  —  Apple and Samsung, the number one and number two in the mobile devices industry, are embroiled in litigation against each other in nine countries …
Richard Sandomir / Media Decoder:
At London Olympics, NBC Says, 'If Cameras Are on It, We'll Stream It'  —  All 32 sports at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London will be streamed live at nbcolympics.com.  —  “The hot topic is always, 'Why don't you show all your sports live?'” said Rick Cordella, vice president and general manager of NBC Sports Digital Media.
Elad Blog:
VC Signaling Coming Home To Roost  —  VC SIGNALING IS SCREWING UP THE ABILITY OF SOME COMPANIES TO RAISE A SERIES A … Dear Entrepreneur - remember that TechCrunch story you placed about your funding round that mentioned the VCs who invested in your seed round?
Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
Apple investors brace for more turbulence  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc's results will be dissected more closely than ever next week, after a share swoon raised concerns on Wall Street that the stock's gravity-defying rally may be losing steam.  —  Five straight days of stock losses for the world's …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Apple: Greenpeace's Cloud Math is Busted  —  A view of the huge roof of the Apple data center in Maiden, North Carolina.  Apple said today that the facility will use 20 megawatts of power, far less than an estimate by Greenpeace.  (Image: Apple).  —  Apple says it will use 20 megawatts …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
iFixit spins off Dozuki CMS to let anyone make killer technical docs  —  As someone who used to write technical documentation for a living, I can assure you that nobody likes reading that crap.  But iFixit, the company that's become famous for its repair guides and gadget teardowns …
More: GigaOM and The Verge
Erin Bury / BetaKit:
Coursera Launches Online Education Platform with $16 Million in Funding  —  Online educational marketplaces are on the rise, with tools like Udemy and Khan Academy allowing people of all ages to become an expert in any topic.  New company Coursera is targeting higher education …
Andy Baio / Wired:
Memeorandum Colors 2012: Visualizing Bias on Political Blogs  —  I don't watch sports, but every four years, I lose myself in the horse race of the U.S. presidential elections.  That competition kicked off in earnest Monday, as Gallup started its daily tracking polls for the general election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Even after Apple's fix, 140k machines are still affected by Flashback malware  —  According to a post on the Symantec security blog, Apple's attempts to get rid of the Java-based Flashback malware that affected 600,000 computers haven't solved the problem completely.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Chrome For Android Gets Desktop View, Home Screen Bookmarks, File Downloads  —  Chrome for Android is becoming somewhat of a flagship mobile app for Google, but given that it's only available on phones and tablets running Ice Cream Sandwich, its reach is pretty limited.
Alexandra Chang / Wired:
Intel Shows Off Ultrabook-Tablet Hybrid Running Windows 8  —  Super-thin, super-light and super-speedy, ultrabooks were designed to make us forget about traditional PC notebooks.  They were all the rage at their big CES coming-out party in January, but now even “traditional” ultrabooks are passe.

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