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May 2, 2012, 8:05 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.
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 …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Twitter's big problem: It still needs better filters  —  Things couldn't be better at Twitter, CEO Dick Costolo told attendees at a conference on Tuesday, saying the business is going “phenomenally well,” and the company is “confident we have a hit on our hands” with its Promoted Tweets feature for advertisers.
Satya Patel / Twitter Blog:
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.
More: CNET, The Verge and BetaNewsThanks:@forbestech
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Apple-Targeting Flashback Botnet Still Kicking, But Shrinking By 100,000 Macs Per Week  —  Dr. Web's count of Macs actively infected with Flashback over time.  The “A” marks Apple's release of its Flashback removal tool, and the “B” marks Dr. Web's discovery of another variant of Flashback …
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Meet InToTally: the startup that's souping up Vodafone's 3G networks  —  A tiny company you have never heard of is about to have an outsized impact on the global mobile industry.  Global giant Vodafone plans to use a technology developed by a small startup called InToTally to supercharge …
Thanks:@tomkrazit
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
OS X Mountain Lion update adds helpful ‘Do Not Disturb’ option for notifications  —  Apple's update to OS X Lion Preview 3 adds a very helpful new “Do Not Disturb” feature for notifications.  The feature is a toggle accessible at the top of Notification Center that allows users to block incoming alerts and banners.

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