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April 23, 2012, 2:00 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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
L. Gordon Crovitz / Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department Bites Apple  —  The 30% revenue-share model is the company's standard practice, not the product of a conspiracy.  —  'I don't think you understand.  We can't treat newspapers or magazines any differently than we treat FarmVille.  With those words, senior Apple executive Eddy Cue stuck …
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.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Adobe Officially Unveils CS6 And Its $49/Month All-Inclusive Creative Cloud Subscription Service  —  Today is a big day for Adobe.  Not only is the company officially unveiling the next versions of virtually all of the applications in its Creative Suite, but Adobe is also launching its Creative Cloud online offerings.
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.
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
Will Stanford and Silicon Valley Transform Education?  —  Stanford University is so startlingly paradisial, so fragrant and sunny, it's as if you could eat from the trees and live happily forever.  Students ride their bikes through manicured quads, past blooming flowers and statues by Rodin …
More: Betabeat and Ezra Klein
Reuters:
China Internet firms face venture capital funding squeeze  —  (Reuters) - China's hot Internet sector is facing a problem it is unaccustomed to: a lack of money.  —  The world's largest Internet market, with nearly half a billion users, gave birth to some of the world's most vibrant Internet firms …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Google and Facebook Grow Comfortable and Complacent  —  Google and Facebook, young and successful companies that they are, risk being left behind as technology shifts from PCs and Web browsers to mobile devices.  —  Earlier this month, when Google showcased a new design for Google Plus …
More: BetabeatTweets: @bmorrissey, @ywxwy and @nickbilton
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Read Offline: News.me Automatically Downloads Your News Whenever You Leave Home  —  News.me, the newsreader app hatched in The New York Times' R&D lab and incubated at betaworks, today added a nifty feature to its new iPhone app, which gives readers instant access to their news offline — whenever they leave the house.
More: TeleRead
Staska / Unwired View:
HTC is developing its own CPU for lower end smartphones with ST-Ericsson  —  HTC is following in the footsteps of Apple and Samsung, and is now working on its own dedicated applications processor.  According to China Times, the Taiwanese smartphone maker has already signed memorandum …

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