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May 10, 2012, 12:55 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 …
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 …
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
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 …
More: ForbesTweets: @cdixon
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.
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 …
Joseph L. Flatley / The Verge:
Scamworld: ‘Get rich quick’ schemes mutate into an online monster  —  My first true look inside the world of Internet Marketing came courtesy of a 37-year-old businessman named Bedros Keuilian.  The Chino Hills-based Californian specializes in fitness and personal training marketing, and he is also something of a would-be auteur.
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Joe Weisenthal vs. the 24-Hour News Cycle  —  Joe Weisenthal wakes up around 4 a.m. most weekdays, afraid that in the five or six hours he has been sleeping, something happened that could move financial markets.  His alarm is his cellphone, and after he silences it so that his wife can sleep …
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 …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Klik App Does Mobile Facial Recognition in Real Time  —  Is taking pictures of your friends on your phone, tagging their names and uploading them just too darn hard?  Now there's a free helper app for that, called Klik, which launches out of testing today on the iPhone.
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Google looks to replicate iOS Game Center, app purchasing  —  In an attempt to bolster Android's presence in mobile gaming Google is reportedly developing an app that is similar to Apple's Game Center, and is looking to revamp its Google Play payment system to streamline purchases.
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.
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Meet Silk, the Semantic Web for the rest of us  —  Almost since Tim Berners-Lee first came up with the original concept of the web, there's been a new, improved version on the horizon: the much-promised Semantic Web.  This, goes the thinking, is a way to make the online world more useful …
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:
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 …
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.
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
Kunal / Sammy Hub:
Galaxy Note Android 4.0 update rolling out now  —  It seems Samsung has started rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for Galaxy Note (N7000).  Few users have started receiving notification for the firmware upgrade that will bump the Android to version 4.0 and bring in the Premium Suite apps.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sony reports net loss of $3.2 billion for Q4 2011, annual loss of $5.7 billion  —  Sony announced its consolidated financial results for its fiscal year today, reporting a record annual loss of 457 billion yen ($5.7 billion).  The company's final quarter of the year saw it report a loss of 255 billion yen …

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