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April 23, 2012, 6:55 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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Amended S-1: 901 Million Users, 500M Mobile, Paid $300M Cash + 23M Shares For Instagram  —  Facebook has just filed a fourth amendment to its S-1 to IPO that notes that it now has 500 million mobile users, 901 million monthly active users, and that it paid 23 million shares at $30.89 …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Updated S-1: Facebook's Yearly Revenue Growth Up 45 Percent, But Down Six Percent From Last Quarter  —  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 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix Posts An In-Line Quarter, But Investors Balk  —  First look at Netflix numbers: A loss of $0.08 a share on revenue of $870 million.  Wall Street was expecting revenues of $855 million and a loss of $0.27 a share.  The crucial number: 23.41 million domestic streaming subscribers.
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 …
Leo Kelion / BBC:
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.
Dan Frommer / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft's Mobile Comeback Is Looking Terrible  —  Microsoft ruled the PC market for decades with utter dominance.  But today, as the future shifts toward mobile devices, things are not looking good for Microsoft.  It's not that it's not trying: Microsoft is spending a lot of money and effort …
Royal Pingdom:
Current status of the “Browser Wars”  —  In this report we will examine the current status of what is often referred to as the “Browser Wars.”  How popular are the various web browsers around the world right now?  As you'll see, there are significant regional differences in web browser usage.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Viddy, a Video-Sharing App, Attracts Biz Stone and Shakira as Backers  —  After photo-sharing apps like Instagram, will the next big thing in social media be video-sharing apps?  —  The people behind Viddy, a video-sharing app, certainly hope so.  The application, which is currently available …

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