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April 23, 2012, 9:45 AM

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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.
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”.
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.
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
Will Stanford and Silicon Valley Transform Education? … - POLITICS - PROFILES - THE TALK OF THE TOWN - COMMENT - TABLE OF CONTENTS - THE FINANCIAL PAGE - NEWS DESK - THE POLITICAL SCENE
More: Betabeat and Ezra Klein
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.
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Nokia: Three Big Problems  —  Nokia's results for Q1 2012 are in: They're not good.  (See the earnings release here, Management's Conference Call presentation here.)  —  Compared to the same quarter last year, Nokia overall revenue is down 29%, to $9.7B.  And the company is now losing money, $1.8B, 18.5% of revenue.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
As Pinterest's Hype Peaks, Growth May Be Slowing  —  Pinterest has been on a hot streak this year.  Or should we say hype streak?  —  In February, comScore reported that the site had passed 10 million monthly unique users faster than any standalone site ever.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Skype for Windows Phone version 1.0 released, no longer considered beta  —  Microsoft promised a full version of its Skype for Windows Phone software in April back when the original beta was released at Mobile World Congress earlier this year.  The company delivered on that promise today …

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