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April 18, 2014, 4:05 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
TPG-Led Group Closes $450 Million Investment in Airbnb  —  Funding Values Home-Rental Site at $10 Billion  —  A group led by private-equity firm TPG has finalized an agreement to invest $450 million in Airbnb Inc., valuing the home-rental site at $10 billion, according to people familiar with the situation.
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Deep Nishar / Official LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn hits 300M members, 100M in US, says mobile traffic will overtake desktop later this year  —  The Next Three Billion [INFOGRAPHIC]  —  We are excited to announce that we reached a big milestone today: there are now more than 300 million LinkedIn members in the world!
Vodafone Social:
HTC hints at DSLR-like optical zoom in the next 18-24 months, “wants to own the selfie market”  —  HTC talks camera tech: DSLR-destroying optical zooming ‘18 months’ away  —  The HTC One (M8) is here, and even though we're only in April, it's already a strong contender for phone of the year.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook's Paper for iOS updated with birthdays, events, photo comments, group updates, and more  —  Facebook today released the first major update to its Paper for iOS app, adding a slew of new features just 10 weeks after the initial launch.  You can download the new version now directly from Apple's App Store.
Ed Christman / Billboard:
Record Labels Sue Pandora Over Pre-1972 Recordings  —  As expected, the three major labels, ABKCO, and the RIAA filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in New York state court against Pandora for playing pre-Feb. 15, 1972 recordings without making any royalty payments.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Samsung hints that Milk Music will ‘soon’ include ads, and offer a $3.99/month premium service  —  When Samsung introduced its first Internet radio service Milk Music in March, one of the things that stood out was that it was available free and without ads.  That may change soon, according to information disclosed by Samsung today.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Certificate Revocations Lists increase sharply in the wake of Heartbleed, hogging bandwidth  —  Heartbleed Bug Sends Bandwidth Costs Skyrocketing  —  The exposure of the Heartbleed vulnerability last week had a number of repercussions, one of which was to set off a mad scramble by companies …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
App Search Engine Quixey Acquires Competing Service Kite.io  —  Mobile app search engine Quixey, backed by $75 million from Alibaba, Innovation Endeavors, Translink Capital and others, has put some of those dollars to use by acquiring a smaller, competing app search startup, San Francisco-based Kite.io.

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