AsOf9: LinkedIn Acquires Pulse for $90 mn & Other Top Stories

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linkedinYep, LinkedIn Acquires Newsreader Startup Pulse for $90 Million: Signaling another step by the massive professional network toward becoming an online content powerhouse.It’s a big buy for LinkedIn, costing a cool $90 million, according to the company.

Samsung announces the Galaxy Mega, a 6.3? or 5.8? monster Android smartphone launching in May: Is this the passing of the torch for the Galaxy Note II? Perhaps not, given the strength of the Note branding and also the absence of the stylus, found on the Note II and new Note 8.0 tablet.

All links on Twitter temporarily stopped working, demonstrating the problem with the t.co wrapper: What today’s temporary outage does show, however, is the major drawback with relying on a single service for managing links. T.co handles all of the links posted to the social network, ensuring that users retain the maximum number of characters for the rest of their tweet.

You can now tell Google what to do with your account in the afterlife: Google launched the service on its account settings page to give users options with their account should it remain inactive for an extended period of time.

It made sense yesterday: The Libertarian party now accepts donations in Bitcoin: What’s fun about this is that you can give, say, $1,000 in Bitcoin, and with the current market gyrations only have made a functional donation of $500, or perhaps $2,000. I’ll leave how to manage the accounting of Bitcoin valuation changes and how it is counted under FEC rules to the tax professionals.

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