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May 10, 2012, 11:30 AM

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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 …
Rafe Needleman / CNET:
Facebook App Center: More showcase than store, actually  —  Or, how Facebook makes money and advances its own interest by helping Apple sell apps on its own store.  It's a surprisingly clever move.  —  The Facebook App Center will “sell” iOS apps.  —  The app store model is winning the evolutionary battle for software businesses.
More: Fortune
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google agrees with Mozilla's Windows RT browser concerns  —  Mozilla says only a crippled version of Firefox could run on Windows for ARM chips, effectively restricting user choice to IE10, and now the maker of Chrome says it's worried, too.  —  Google has joined Mozilla in its attempt …
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
Mozilla and Google accuse Microsoft of unfair browser competition  —  Summary: Microsoft will restrict third-party browsers like Firefox and Chrome to the Metro sandbox in Windows 8 for ARM devices, while treating Internet Explorer 10 as an “intrinsic feature” of Windows.
John Ruwitch / Reuters:
Apple, supplier Foxconn to share costs on improving factories  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc and its key supplier Foxconn Technology Group will share the initial costs of improving labor conditions at the Chinese factories that assemble iPhones and iPads, Foxconn's top executive said on Thursday.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Finally, Harry Potter Is Touching Down on Amazon's Kindle  —  J.K. Rowling has been one of the big holdouts, refusing to sell Harry Potter in electronic form through booksellers like Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  —  That is apparently about to change, according to Amazon.com …
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
A Circle of Tech: Collect Payout, Do a Start-Up  —  FACEBOOK LEGACIES Matt Cohler, left, employee No. 7 at Facebook, is now a partner at Benchmark Capital.  Adam D'Angelo, a former chief technology officer at Facebook, is a founder of Quora.  Ruchi Sanghvi was Facebook's first female engineer and helped start Cove.
More: Betabeat
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 …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Was Zynga's Deal To Buy OMGPOP That Disastrous?  Here's Some Perspective.  —  Draw Something, the game that could do no wrong now seems like it can do little right, at least according to the blogosphere.  There's been a string of stories from virtually everyone saying that the OMGPOP acquisition is …
Tweets: @cdixon
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Start-Up Staff Getting More Cash  —  As Silicon Valley's start-up scene continues heating up, closely held technology companies are boosting the cash compensation they dole out to compete with publicly traded firms.  —  According to a new study from Radford, a compensation-consulting unit owned by Aon PLC …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Pirate Bay Scolds Anonymous Hackers For Cyberattacks On Its Behalf  —  Some hackers aim to free the flow of information, while others aim to stifle it.  The Pirate Bay has taken a moment to remind the hacker group Anonymous of the difference.  —  Anonymous has been launching a series …
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
New York State Pensions Are Funding Startups: The Limited Partners VCs Rarely Discuss  —  Movable Ink cofounder Vivek Sharma and Mr. DiNapoli via Twitter @NYSComptroller  —  When a startup raises a round of funding, the news typically includes a list of venture capital firms and angel investors that participated.
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Amazon launches Vegas trade show for AWS developers, users  —  Amazon is looking more like old-school IT vendor every day.  In November, it will host its first-ever partner and customer conference at the Venetian in Las Vegas.  The web services giant posted a “save the date” for the three-day AWS re:invent show on its blog Wednesday.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
What's Behind the Drop in Kindle Fire Shipments?  —  Once hailed as the first true rival to the iPad, Amazon's Kindle Fire no longer seems to be much of a threat to Apple's tablet.  The Fire had no impact on Apple's March-quarter iPad sales.  Indeed, during the company's second-quarter earnings call …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
DVDs and Blu-rays will now carry two unskippable government warnings  —  The old FBI copyright warning gets an upgrade.  —  You know those FBI warning messages that appear at the beginning of DVDs and Blu-ray discs?  They're getting an upgrade—and they're multiplying.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Payments And Online ID Verification Company Jumio Nabs Strategic Investment From Citi Ventures  —  Mobile and online payments and ID verification startup Jumio has received an additional Series B investment led by Citi Ventures, a unit of global financial services company Citi.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
EMC Joins The Flash Madness Club By Acquiring Israel's XtremIO  —  Storage technology giant EMC said today it has reached a deal to acquired the Israeli startup XtremIO.  The price was reported by the Israeli newspaper Globes to be $430 million, but EMC didn't confirm that in a statement.
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
SocialCode hires 15 employees from Digg.com  —  SocialCode, a social media advertising firm and subsidiary of The Washington Post Co., announced Thursday that it has hired 15 members from the engineering team at the social news site Digg.  —  Digg was once one of Silicon Valley's most promising start-ups.
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Coupa scoops up $22M to help companies cut costs  —  Coupa Software netted $22 million in new funding to boost its cloud-based e-procurement (or spend-management) services.  —  New investor Crosslink Capital led this E Series round, joining previous backers Battery Ventures, BlueRun Ventures …
Michael V. Copeland / Wired:
Angel No More: Why One of Silicon Valley's Savviest Investors Has Shut His Wallet  —  Kevin Hartz is sitting this one out.  —  Sure, Hartz is busy with his day-job as CEO of online ticketing startup Eventbrite, but it's not a time management thing that keeps him from his usual angel-investing habit.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
FBI Fears Bitcoin's Popularity with Criminals  —  The FBI sees the anonymous Bitcoin payment network as an alarming haven for money laundering and other criminal activity — including as a tool for hackers to rip off fellow Bitcoin users.  —  That's according to a new FBI internal report …
More: Gizmodo
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
In a SoHo Lab, HuffPo Mafia rekindles the old magic  —  After the Huffington Post was acquired by AOL last year, HuffPo chief technology officer Paul Berry estimated 15 percent of his time was spent dealing with corporate politics.  A year later, that figure had zoomed to 85 percent …

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