peHUB Second Opinion 4.9

What? You didn’t hear? Facebook just acquired the photo-sharing app Instagram for, like, a billion dollars.

Still, questions simmer. Was Sequoia able to make an investment in the company last week or wasn’t it? Was Instagram talking to Facebook before Series B talks got underway or afterward?

Meanwhile: Who are the most poachable players in tech? Betabeat has 27 suggestions for recruiters.

Who are 25 next-gen businesspeople to know in Asia? Fortune has you covered.

Cash-strapped AOL dumps its patent portfolio for $1.1 billion.

The Empire State’s IPO set-up has some of its investors feeling rankled.

Blackstone’s credit arm is now bigger than its private equity and real estate units.

Avon gets a new CEO.

Another Monday, another lawsuit  care of activist investor Carl Icahn.

Manhattan’s tallest residences.

The making of the Rolling Stones’ song “Sympathy for the Devil.” (H/T: Paul Kedrosky)

Kristin Wigg on rumors that she’s leaving SNL at the end of this season.

Are we just hungry or do these look delicious?