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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: April 11, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: April 11, 2012

Happy Wednesday, everyone. It's April 11 and it's time to take a look at the stories that made heads turn in the world of tech today. Or, at least, the stories that made eyes roll, like this - Verizon upgrade fee last to the party. Yep, now on all carriers you'll have to pay more to get the newest technology. Speaking of new technologies, LG Google TV 2.0 takes on future Apple TV this week. And in other Google news, Google+ refresh triggers social fury.

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Four alternatives to Instagram

Four alternatives to Instagram

As Instagram gains some intense success after it's been released to Android, gets a bump for iPhone, and is purchased by Facebook for a billion dollars, you might find yourself looking for alternative apps that do essentially the same thing. We just happen to have three alternative apps ready for you to peek at right here - each of them more high quality and powerful than the last! Will you be able to pull yourself away from the simplicity and coolness of Instagram long enough to switch?

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Instagram may be first in a line of Facebook purchases

Instagram may be first in a line of Facebook purchases

After making a blockbuster purchase of the number one and rising app hit Instagram this month for a whopping one billion dollars, Facebook board members are now being asked what the company plans on picking up next. Facebook is currently working with at least $4 billion MORE in cash right this minute as SF Gate reminds us, with a couple more billion on the way thanks to their $5 billion IPO announced months ago. Will Facebook start picking up 3rd party apps and services left and right now that they've perhaps opened the flood gates with Instagram?

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Instagram gets HTC One X support with Tegra 3 tweak

Instagram gets HTC One X support with Tegra 3 tweak

Instagram has updated its Android app to support the HTC One X, as well as making GPS tagging of photos on all devices more accurate. Released less than a week ago - but already notching up over 5m downloads - Instagram for Android has already seen several minor tweaks, but v1.0.4 addresses the biggest complaint among users: that high-profile new phones like the One X weren't supported thanks to a reported glitch with the Tegra 3 chipset.

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Three easy ways to save your Instagram photos to desktop

Three easy ways to save your Instagram photos to desktop

Those of you using Instagram for the first time in these recent weeks when it's just come to Android may well be wondering how you can easily access and save your content to your desktop - as it turns out, there's three apps for that. Though the recent purchase of Instagram by Facebook may bring more desktop-related features in the future, for the moment we're stuck moving photos one by one if we want to save them offline or off-phone. Three projects with inspired names have filled that hole with their own solution: Copygram, InstaBackup, and Instaport.

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Instagram for Android hits 5 million downloads in six days

Instagram for Android hits 5 million downloads in six days

There were many people waiting for Instagram to come to the Android platform. When the app finally landed for Android, it was understandably popular with 1 million downloads in its first day. The massive popularity of the app led the Facebook gobbling it up for $1 billion. The Android version of Instagram has now been available for six days.

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Instagram buyout nets co-founders $500 million

Instagram buyout nets co-founders $500 million

The United States watched with unbridled curiosity as the three winners of the recent $600+ million Mega Millions jackpot were revealed. But here's a pair of guys who won the Mega Millions of the business world - Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. By now, the world knows about their creation, Instagram, and its billion-dollar acquisition from Facebook. The two will walk away with a combined $500 million.

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Facebook’s Instagram buy is a $1bn mobile landgrab

Facebook’s Instagram buy is a $1bn mobile landgrab

One billion dollars either gets you a huge amount or very little these days. Facebook has either bought itself 27m registered users, or a few retro-style filters in a slickly designed app for iPhone and Android. Of course, in reality they're one and the same thing: in acquiring Instagram, Facebook has opened the door to a new bubble of membership - albeit an expensive one, at around $37 a user - and added another string to its content sharing portfolio. It's also gained a further footprint on smart devices, arguably the most important aspect of the deal.

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