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3:15 PM ET, March 20, 2011

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Snaptu blog:
We've agreed to be acquired by Facebook!  —  The Snaptu team is excited to announce today that we recently agreed to be acquired by Facebook.  —  Our goal when we founded Snaptu in 2007 was to provide useful and innovative services to the 95 percent of mobile users that don't have access to advanced smart phones.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Facebook Acquires Snaptu (For An Estimated $60 - $70 Million)  —  According to several Israeli business newspapers (TheMarker, Calcalist) Facebook has acquired Snaptu for an estimated $60 - $70 million, although some reports peg the price lower, at around $40 million.
Discussion: SAI, GeekWire and The Next Web
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AT&T Buying T-Mobile USA In $39 Billion Deal  —  AT&T just announced a deal to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash and stock deal worth $39 billion.  —  The deal would make AT&T the nation's largest wireless carrier by a wide margin, so it will probably face significant government scrutiny …
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Business Wire:
AT&T to Acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom  —  Provides Fast, Efficient and Certain Solution to Impending Spectrum Exhaust Challenges Facing AT&T and T-Mobile USA in Key Markets Due to Explosive Demand for Mobile Broadband  —  Enhances Network Capacity, Output and Quality in Near Term for Both Companies' Customers
Elizabeth Spiers / Spiersblr:
HOW NOT TO INTERACT WITH THE MEDIA 101, courtesy of Hashable CEO, Mike Yavonditte:  —  1. See a negative op-ed about your company wherein the author uses a metaphor describing you being a velvet rope telling people they're not “Hashable” enough.  —  2. Utterly fail to grasp metaphor.
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Mike Taylor / Betabeat:
Hashable Is Worthless  —  If there's one thing I hate …
Discussion: @coreypein
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Does Anne Hathaway News Drive Berkshire Hathaway's Stock?  —  Given the awesome correlating powers of today's stock trading computers, the idea may not be as far-fetched as you think.  —  A couple weeks ago, Huffington Post blogger Dan Mirvish noted a funny trend: when Anne Hathaway was in the news …
Discussion: Examiner
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Apple's Safari Browser Gives Search Marketers Headaches  —  Apple's dominance on tablets and smartphones presents a threat to accurately measure and optimize the performance of paid-search marketing campaigns.  —  Search firm Marin Software published a white paper Tuesday based on findings …
Discussion: TUAW
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures Launches $10,000 Startup Referral Program For Employees  —  If you're a Google employee and you know about a stealth startup that wants funding, you can pocket a cool $10,000.  The Google Ventures team announced the new program at Google's weekly all-hands “TGIF” meeting, earlier this afternoon.
Aileen Lee / TechCrunch:
Why Women Rule The Internet  —  Editor's note: This guest post is written by Aileen Lee, Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.  Aileen focuses on investing in early stage consumer internet ventures and previously worked at Gap, Odwalla, The Northface and Morgan Stanley.
Discussion: Don Dodge on The Next …, Thanks:jancoo7
Laura Kusisto / Betabeat:
Apple Sour on Grand Central  —  Apple's plans to bring the world's largest iStore to Grand Central always seemed to defy all laws of taste, landmarks preservation and possibly even physics.  —  Apparently, Apple has reached the same conclusion, because a source close to the M.T.A. has confirmed …
Fred / A VC:
The War For Talent  —  Steve Blank says in his New Rules For The New Internet Bubble: … I'm hearing this from everyone I know in Silicon Valley.  And you can see the evidence on the web.  —  Joshua Schachter posted this on his twitter feed yesterday.  This is what a new developer gets when they show up at work at Tasty Labs.
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Do not track tools push firms to crossroad  —  Hundreds of millions of Web surfers finally have the ability to easily tell marketers they don't want their online activities monitored.  —  Microsoft's updated Internet Explorer browser released on Tuesday and the new version of Mozilla's Firefox set …
 
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Discussion: Mashable!
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Report: Verizon iPhone snagged 4.5% of iPhone mobile ad impressions in Feb.
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