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April 18, 2012, 4:35 AM

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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.
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
You Think $1 Billion Was Expensive For Instagram?  They Originally Asked For $2 Billion  —  Facebook raised a lot of eyebrows when it bought Instagram for $1 billion last week.  —  But that's actually a bargain compared with Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom's original asking price of $2 billion.
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.
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Yahoo shows signs of life, Alibaba in the cards again  —  (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc reported an uptick in revenue that marked its first quarterly sales growth in three years, as new Chief Executive Scott Thompson outlined his plan to revamp the struggling Web company.
More: TechEye
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 …
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 …
Steven Levy / Wired:
Going With the Flow: Google's Secret Switch to the Next Wave of Networking  —  In early 1999, an associate computer science professor at UC Santa Barbara climbed the steps to the second floor headquarters of a small startup in Palo Alto, and wound up surprising himself by accepting a job offer.
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
New “Listen” Button On Facebook Musician Pages Instantly Plays Their Songs In Your Favorite Streaming App  —  Today Facebook co-opts the best thing about Myspace pages — rapid music discovery — by prominently adding a “Listen” button to musician Pages right next to the Like button.
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 …
Mark Milian / Bloomberg:
Rejected By VCs, Pebble Watch Raises $3.8M on Kickstarter  —  When it comes to the road to success in Silicon Valley, Eric Migicovsky was definitely on the right path.  —  His idea for creating a watch that can display messages from your smartphone was embraced by Y Combinator, the prestigious business incubator.
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.
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.
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Former Twitter VP launches location-based photo journal app called Dabble  —  Daemonic Labs, a fledgling San Francisco startup with offices in Argentina, is today launching a new (and perhaps, yet another) location-based photo journaling service called Dabble at the DEMO conference in Silicon Valley.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
CloudFlare Is In Talks to Raise Funding At Near A $1 Billion Valuation  —  CloudFlare, a San Francisco-based startup that protects web sites from security threats and speeds up their load times, has been in talks to raise funding at a valuation that is around $1 billion, according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions.
Mark Milian / Bloomberg:
Oakley Tests Technology That Would Rival Google's Project Glass  —  Oakley Inc. is developing technology that can project information directly onto lenses, putting the sunglass maker into potential competition with Google Inc. (GOOG)  —  The technology would let Oakley …
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Satellite imagery and Hadoop mean $70M for Skybox  —  Skybox Imaging, a startup that wants to capture and analyze high-resolution photos and videos of the Earth from microsatellites, has raised $70 million in Series C funding led by Canaan Partners and Norwest Venture Partners.
Christiaan Adams / Google LatLong:
Balloon and kite imagery in Google Earth  —  Here at Google we publish a lot of imagery, most of which comes from the satellite and aerial imagery providers with whom we partner.  Last week we published something a bit different: images collected from balloons and kites!
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Makes Venue Maps More Visible On Bing  —  Microsoft has introduced a number of improvements to Bing Maps, chief among which is making “venue maps” more obvious.  Microsoft says there are roughly 900 venue/interior maps on Bing focused primarily on “malls, airports, casinos and shopping districts.”
More: Bing and WebProNews

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