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May 2, 2012, 10:35 AM

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Paul Sloan / CNET:
Frustrated advertisers to Facebook: Take our money — please!  —  Mark Zuckerberg at F8 in 2010.  —  (Credit: James Martin/CNET) With a reach approaching 15 percent of the world's population, Facebook is a thriving media business.  In the last quarter alone, it raked in more $1 billion in revenue, almost entirely from advertising.
Wall Street Journal:
The Big Doubt Over Facebook's IPO  —  Facebook Inc. has built a $3 billion-a-year advertising business by convincing marketers to buy new forms of advertising designed to create buzz around their brands.  —  But some advertisers with big spending accounts are wondering whether they're getting their money's worth.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Spotify (Finally) Shows Up on the iPad  —  You wanted a Spotify iPad app?  You've got a Spotify iPad app.  —  It's pretty, and it takes advantage of the tablet's bigger screen to showcase artist artwork and other cool stuff.  Just like you'd expect from an iPad app.  —  Demo video is at the bottom of this post.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
An Apple CEO-in-waiting sells 95% of his company shares  —  The head of iPhone and iPad software sold 64,151 shares Friday worth $38.7 million  —  Scott Forstall.  Photo: SplatF.com  —  FORTUNE — Scott Forstall took home a chunk of change Friday.  —  Taking advantage of Apple's (AAPL) …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
FRAND abuse: German court hands Motorola an injunction against Windows 7 and Xbox 360  —  This morning, Judge Dr. Holger Kircher of the Landgericht Mannheim (Mannheim Regional Court) handed down his postponed ruling on a set of four closely-related Motorola lawsuits against Microsoft.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Revealed: Facebook Messenger for iPad, iPhone app with video chat in the works  —  While Facebook has focused on smartphones for its standalone Facebook Messenger app, the company is currently developing a version for the Apple iPad.  A reliable source has provided an in-depth look …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Google introduces ‘VC Office Hours’, Google+ hangouts with top Silicon Valley figures  —  Google+ is often lamented for failing to capture the attention of mainstream social network users and, almost in response to that accusation, Google is launching an interesting initiative that will see top figures …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Dropbox working with Apple to resolve app rejection issue  —  After a number of developers using the Dropbox SDK reported that Apple was rejecting their iOS apps from the App Store because of links to an external purchase option, the cloud storage provider has confirmed that is working with Apple to address the issue.
More: TUAW and CNET
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Mozilla Slams CISPA, Breaking Silicon Valley's Silence On Cybersecurity Bill  —  While the Internet has been bristling with anger over the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, the Internet industry has been either silent or quietly supportive of the controversial bill.  With one exception.
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Barnes & Noble CEO: NFC coming to the Nook  —  The battle for e-book dollars became a lot more interesting earlier this week when Barnes & Noble (BKS) announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft (MSFT).  Over the next five years, the Redmond, Washington-based software giant will invest …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
New Firefox design will offer uniform look across desktop and mobile  —  Mozilla recently combined its desktop and mobile design teams with the aim of unifying the Firefox user experience across form factors.  A presentation slide deck published by Mozilla's Madhava Enros offers some insight …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Birst Lands $26M From Sequoia, Hummer Winblad To Bring Big Data Analytics To The Masses  —  Birst, a San Francisco-based startup that offers on-demand business intelligence and analytics solutions for companies big and small, has raised $26 million in series D financing, led by Sequoia Capital.
More: GigaOM and AllThingsD
Miguel de Icaza / Xamarin:
Android Ported to C#  —  Oracle and Google are currently in a $1 billion wrestling match over Google's use of Java in Android.  —  But Java is not the only way to build native apps on Android.  In fact, it's not even the best way: we have been offering C# to Android developers as a high-performance …
Ross Miller / The Verge:
Target will phase out all Kindle products this spring  —  Last night we reported on Target's plans to discontinue sale of the Kindle due to “conflict of interest,” and now the company has confirmed the story with us.  In a statement, Target says that it will be “phasing out Kindles and Amazon …
Mark Milian / Bloomberg:
Twitter Said to Have Considered Buying Mobile Photo App Camera+  —  Soon after Facebook agreed to pay $1 billion for Instagram, social networking rival Twitter considered acquiring a mobile photo-sharing application called Camera+, two people with knowledge of the negotiations said.
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Teradata buys eCircle to get more of your marketing data  —  Data warehouse veteran Teradata announced on Wednesday it is buying German software company eCircle in an attempt to gain a stronger presence in fast-growing world of marketing data.  The terms of the deal weren't disclosed …
Chris Taylor / Mashable!:
Instagram Passes 50 Million Users, Adds 5 Million a Week  —  So maybe that $1 billion it cost Facebook to buy Instagram was a bargain after all.  —  The photo-sharing app is on fire.  It now has more than 50 million users — and is adding new ones at the rate of roughly 5 million per week, according to its API.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Yuri Milner, Dave Morin, SV Angel, CrunchFund And More Hook Up Pair With $4.2M  —  For a social network that's, for lack of a better term, monogamous, social network for couples Pair has just raised funding from so many high-profile investors I'm having trouble picking who to include in this headline, and seriously running out of room.
More: Business InsiderTweets: @mathewi
Kathleen De Vere / Inside Mobile Apps:
Google Play doesn't monetize?  It does for free-to-play games that use carrier billing  —  Google Play has an undeserved reputation as platform that doesn't monetize — at least according to several developers with free-to-play games.  Companies as diverse as TinyCo, Spry Fox and Robot Invader …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
DataSift raises $7.2m inside round to help make sense of ‘big data’ beyond social interactions  —  DataSift, a rising star in the world of ‘big data’ collection and analysis, has raised $7.2 million from existing backers GRP Partners and IA Ventures to help accelerate growth as worldwide demand for its services continues to soar.
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
European Regulators May Reopen Street View Inquiries  —  BERLIN — Privacy regulators in Britain, Germany and France said Wednesday that they may reopen or expand their investigations into Google's illegal collection of Internet data for its Street View service following revelations …
More: ZDNet
Curtis Silver / Wired:
Flattr Partners With Dailymotion for Video Crowd-Funding  —  Maybe you've seen their little green button on blogs around the internet, maybe you haven't.  Sweden based Flattr has been flying generally under the radar up until this point, not making too much of a dent in the world of curated …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Sony reveals VAIO T ultrabook: 11 and 13-inch models, Sandy Bridge processors, out this month  —  Sony has announced its first true ultrabook, the VAIO T. The design looks much the same as the prototype we saw all the way back at CES, with a 17.8mm-thick brushed metal body that pushes right up against the 18mm limit specified by Intel.

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