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May 9, 2012, 5:50 PM

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Aaron Brady / Facebook Developer Blog:
Introducing the App Center  —  Today, we're announcing the App Center, a new place for people to find social apps.  The App Center gives developers an additional way to grow their apps and creates opportunities for more types of apps to be successful.  —  In the coming weeks …
Vic Gundotra / The Official Google Blog:
Google+: a mobile app with sense and soul  —  Sharing is deeply sensory.  From cooking a favorite meal to getting together with friends, it's the smells and the stories and the smiles that make human connections so essential.  With Google+ we want to extend these moments online …
TechCrunch:
Status Update  —  So first thing's first: We're not being sold!  Instead, we've just hired a bunch of brilliant writers and a new COO.  Also, we've seen a resurgence of community support (with over a thousand people attending our NYC meetup last night, for example), are back around 12% …
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Tim Armstrong Says AOL Plans to Invest in TechCrunch and Engadget, Not Sell Them  —  Domestic Display Advertising Falls as Activist Investor Seeks Shakeup  —  AOL reported a 4% drop in average monthly visitors to AOL owned-and-operated properties, when it reported first-quarter earnings on Wednesday.
Bloomberg:
Deutsche Telekom Said to Discuss MetroPCS Deal for T-Mobile  —  Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) is discussing a merger of its T-Mobile USA unit with MetroPCS Communications Inc. (PCS) as it reviews options for the customer-losing business, according to people familiar with the matter.
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
How Goldman Sachs Blew The Facebook IPO  —  IPOs are wildly profitable deals for Wall Street investment banks, and they come with huge bragging rights.  —  So it's no surprise that the biggest Wall Street banks fought over the Facebook IPO for years.  —  The inside story of the Facebook …
Mark Milian / Bloomberg:
Jamie Keene / The Verge:
Flipboard for Android leaks out for all to download  —  At the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III, one unexpected inclusion was the Flipboard app — supposedly exclusive to the handset for the first few months.  However, despite the fact that the Galaxy S III hasn't even been released yet …
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Foursquare Joins the Coupon Craze  —  Foursquare doesn't want to be another popular—but unprofitable—social network.  Its new plan to make money?  Personalized coupons.  —  The company, which lets users alert their friends to their location by “checking in” via smartphone from coffee shops …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Nano-SIM update: Apple design modified to fix concerns, standard will be decided this month  —  We just spoke with SIM card maker (and pioneer) Giesecke & Devrient here at CTIA about progress on the creation of the 4FF standard — the so-called nano-SIM — over which Apple and Nokia have been warring in recent months.
Michael Degusta / Technology Review:
Are Smart Phones Spreading Faster than Any Technology in Human History?  —  Mobile computers are on track to saturate markets in the U.S. and the developing world in record time.  —  Today's technology scene seems overheated to some.  Apple is the most valuable company on earth.
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Venture-Capital Firm NEA Raises $2.1 Billion  —  In the venture-capital industry's most significant fundraising this year, New Enterprise Associates has closed on $2.08 billion for a fund that could grow in size to become one of the largest ever raised.  —  In a securities filing on Wednesday …
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Safari update automatically disables old versions of Flash  —  Apple on Wednesday released Safari 5.1.7, an update to its Web browser.  One of the new security features is that Safari will automatically disable old versions of Adobe's Flash Player.  —  “Out-of-date versions of Adobe Flash Player …
More: The Verge
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Apple releases OS X 10.7.4, FileVault bug gets addressed  —  Hey, Mac users: are you ready for an update?  Because Apple is dropping its latest OS version on your heads.  10.7.4 just hit, and it brings with it a number of small fixes to help improve things like security, stability and compatibility for your system.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Samsung Acquires Mobile Entertainment And Music Streaming Startup mSpot  —  Samsung Electronics has acquired mobile entertainment startup mSpot, according to a release issued today.  Financial terms were not disclosed, but previous reports point to an acquisition price of $8.8 million.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple's next iPhone coming in September, 7-in. iPad launching in August - report  —  Pegatron has reportedly landed orders for Apple's next-generation iPhone, rumored to launch in September, while Foxconn will allegedly manufacture a new 7-inch iPad arriving in August.

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