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May 25, 2012, 5:15 AM

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Dirk Stoop / Facebook Newsroom:
Introducing Facebook Camera  —  Today, we're introducing Camera, a new mobile app that makes using Facebook photos faster and easier.  —  See friends' photos all in one place  —  When you launch the app, you'll see a feed of just great photos from the people you care about.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
As Facebook Launches a Standalone Camera App, the Instagram Buy Comes Into Focus  —  We know that Facebook is serious about photos.  Heck, it dropped a cool $1 billion on Instagram, the immensely popular mobile photo-sharing app.  —  What we didn't know, however, is that Facebook …
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Why Facebook Needs Two Photo Apps  —  Facebook released Camera today, an iPhone app that lets you take photos, add filters to them, and share them on Facebook.  —  Hey, wait a second.  Isn't that what Instagram does, which Facebook just smartly agreed to acquire for $1+ billion?  —  Yes and no.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
More on Apple's Removal of Airfoil Speakers Touch From the App Store  —  After some interesting back-and-forth with a few informed sources, I think Apple's removal of Airfoil Speakers Touch from the iOS App Store is not as mysterious or capricious as I first thought.  The key is to focus on what's new in version 3 of the app:
Ibrahim Elbouchikhi / Android Developers Blog:
In-app Subscriptions in Google Play  —  We launched In-app Billing on Google Play a year ago to give developers more ways to sell and engage users over the lifetime of their apps.  Since the launch, In-app Billing has been extremely successful in helping developers monetize their apps through try-and-buy …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET:
Meet the tireless entrepreneur who squatted at AOL  —  19-year-old entrepreneur Eric Simons spent two months secretly living at AOL's Palo Alto, Calif. campus, sleeping each night on a couch like this one.  —  (Credit: Eric Simons)  —  It was 6 a.m. when Eric Simons was jolted awake by the yelling.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
No-cost desktop software development is dead on Windows 8  —  You won't be able to use the free Visual Studio Express to develop desktop apps.  —  Photo illustration by Aurich Lawson  —  Microsoft wants Windows developers to write Windows 8-specific, Metro-style, touch-friendly applications …
Brad Sams / Neowin:
This is Dell's Windows 8 tablet  —  Dell is working on a Windows 8 tablet; we know this because Dell told us that they are planning to launch a Windows 8 tablet, easy enough.  What we did not know is what will be driving the tablet under the hood, at least, until now.
Mike Shields / Adweek:
NBCU Exploring Buyback of MSNBC.com  —  Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O' Donnell and Chris Matthews Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images  —  Chris Matthews must be getting that tingling feeling down his leg again.  He and his colleagues may soon have a giant news site to call their own.
Dan Misener / misener.org:
Kickstarter hides failure  —  (TL;DR: Kickstarter does not want you to see failed projects.  Failed Kickstarter campaign pages include robot meta tags to keep search engines from indexing them.  Plus, Kickstarter's front page and “Discover” interface never show failed projects.  Ever.)
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
New Jersey mayor, son, arrested on charges they nuked recall website  —  The father and son used a low tech hack—password recovery—to take down the site.  —  FBI  —  The mayor of a small New Jersey hamlet has been arrested, along with his son, on federal charges that they shut …
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Google prepping ‘Events’ and ‘Local’ features for Google+?  —  Google rolled out version 2.6 of the Google+ app for Android today, updating its UI and adding several new features, but it appears to have left something hidden under the hood as well.  A source informed us — and we have confirmed …
Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox Sues Dish Network Over Auto Hop Ad-Skipper  —  Fox has sued Dish Network over its new Auto Hop service, which allows consumers to skip television ads.  Fox issued the following statement on Thursday: … The suit, filed in U.S. District Court on Thursday on behalf of Fox Broadcasting …
Mat Honan / Gizmodo:
Meth Labs and Dead Dogs: How the Founder of McAfee Antivirus Went on the Run in Belize  —  It's been a while since I've posted anything.  “I've been busy” is everyone's excuse for laziness, but I can't come up with a better one.  For those of you who follow the news in Central America …
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Meddik Grabs $750K From Chris Dixon, Founder Collective & More To Build A Better WebMD  —  Entrepreneurs, please start paying more attention to healthtech.  Rather than trying to build the next billion-dollar mobile photo app, go lean and deep into bigger problems.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft clarifies Ballmer's claims of massive Windows 8 adoption  —  Analysts point out how Microsoft inflates the pool of Windows 8-capable PCs  —  Reports earlier this week that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer predicted unprecedented sales of Windows 8 were wrong on multiple counts, Microsoft and independent analysts agreed.

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Atlassian:
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Zoho Blogs:
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