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May 2, 2012, 6:50 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.
More: Guardian and NBC Bay AreaTweets: @joshconstine
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.
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Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Apps using Dropbox are being rejected because Apple is playing hardball  —  If you've ever developed an iOS app, you know that the submission process can be a scary one.  Apple provides developers with a HIG (Human Interface Guidelines) that must be followed, but sometimes something obscure trips you up during the process.
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: CNET and TUAW
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 …
Satya Patel / Twitter Blog:
Discover better stories  —  The Discover tab makes it easy to discover information that matters to you without having to follow additional accounts.  Starting today, the Discover tab will begin to surface content that is even more personalized and meaningful to you.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
BlackBerry 10: a closer look (video)  —  We've taken a closer look at the UI elements revealed during RIM's BlackBerry World keynote and put together a video detailing the major new elements we've seen.  Firstly and foremost, RIM is focusing heavily on gestures to move between and within apps.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Bing Strips Down Results Page To Make Google Look Like “Search Overload”  —  While Google keeps cramming its search results pages full of tools and social content, today Bing confirmed with me the full roll out a redesigned search results page that completely clears the left sidebar …
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Unwired Planet sets sail on patent offensive  —  With patent litigation becoming an increasingly common part of the technology space, the last thing many folks want to see is another company have the sole goal of defending patents.  If you're one of those folks, close your eyes.
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 …
Tweets: @mathewi
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.
More: CNET
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Skype replaces P2P supernodes with Linux boxes hosted by Microsoft (updated)  —  Microsoft has drastically overhauled the network running its Skype voice-over-IP service, replacing peer-to-peer client machines with thousands of Linux boxes that have been hardened against the most common types of hack attacks, a security researcher said.
Google Developers:
SPDY Performance on Mobile Networks  —  Authors: Matt Welsh, Ben Greenstein, and Michael Piatek, Mobile Web Performance team  —  SPDY is a replacement for HTTP, designed to speed up transfers of web pages, by eliminating much of the overhead associated with HTTP.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
European VC Connect Ventures Launches With $22M Fund.  Secret Sales Gets The First Helping: $487K  —  Make way for another VC firm in Europe: Today sees the launch of Connect Ventures, a new London based fund that will focus on seed and Series A stages in European tech companies.

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Intel:
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