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April 23, 2012, 4:20 PM

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Facebook Newsroom:
Microsoft, Facebook Announce Patent Agreement  —  Microsoft Corp. and Facebook announced today a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will assign to Facebook the right to purchase a portion of the patent portfolio it recently agreed to acquire from AOL Inc. Facebook has agreed to purchase this portion for $550 million in cash.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Facebook Paying Microsoft $550 Million To Get its Hands on Hundreds of Former AOL Patents  —  Microsoft and Facebook are about to announce a deal with the social networking giant paying Redmond $550 million for access to more than 600 patents, AllThingsD has learned.
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Making personal cloud storage for Windows available anywhere, with the new SkyDrive … Over the last year we've been hard at work building SkyDrive alongside Windows 8, setting out a unique approach to designing personal cloud storage for billions of people by bringing together the best aspects of file, app, and device clouds.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Facebook's Yearly Revenue Up 45 Percent, But Down Quarterly  —  Facebook filed an updated version of its S-1 public offering document today, which included first-quarter financials.  —  In the new filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, its fourth update for its upcoming public offering …
Leo Kelion / BBC:
Intel's Ivy Bridge chips launch using ‘3D transistors’  —  Intel's new Ivy Bridge processors use a new tri-gate transistor technology to boost processing power while reducing the amount of energy needed  —  Intel is launching its Ivy Bridge family of processors - the first to feature what it describes as a “3D transistor”.
Jon Ying / The Dropbox Blog:
Share your stuff with a link!  —  We're super excited to announce a whole new way to share: now you can send a link to the files or folders in your Dropbox!  —  Sharing with friends and family is easy!  Once you've saved that video of your niece's birthday party to Dropbox …
Max Zachariades / TechCrunch:
Frustration, Disappointment And Apathy: My Years At Microsoft  —  Editor's Note: This Guest post is written by Max Zachariades, who spent the last five years at Microsoft in various roles.  He blogs under the name Max Zografos.  —  I first used Windows on a TULIP portable computer, some twenty years ago.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
NimbleTV Aims to Stream TV on Devices  —  In a move that could hasten the slow pace of so-called TV Everywhere, a technology start-up is introducing a way to move a whole subscription's worth of TV onto the Web, with or without the subscription company's permission.
Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
Instagram … Two years ago we invested $250,000 in Instagram.  Thanks to the spectacular vision and effort of Kevin Systrom and the Instagram team, the investment will be worth $78,000,000 when the Faceboook acquisition closes.  The work that Kevin and team did will go down as legend in the industry and we thank them immensely.
Sherry Turkle / New York Times:
The Flight From Conversation  —  WE live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating.  And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection.  —  At home, families sit together, texting and reading e-mail.  At work executives text during board meetings.
Benjamin Jackson / The Next Web:
In its 3rd year, Kickstarter successfully raises over $119 million, taking home $6 million in commission  —  It's easy to root for Kickstarter.  The company has made it possible to bring new, innovative products to market and finance projects that would never get off the ground before the popularization of crowdfunding.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple May Add Secure Password Suggestions to Safari with OS X Mountain Lion  —  1Password is a popular password service which offers apps and browser plug-ins for a number of platforms, including Mac, Windows, iOS and Android.  The service automatically generates strong …
More: Macgasm and MacNN
Shmulik Shelach / Globes Online:
EMC close to buying XtremIO for $400-450m  —  The flash memory storage company has raised $25 million.  —  EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is in talks to buy storage solutions company XtremIO for $400-450 million and market sources believe that an acquisition is close at hand.

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