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May 2, 2012, 11:45 AM

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Paul Sloan / CNET:
Frustrated advertisers to Facebook: Take our money — please!  —  With the social network's huge IPO getting nearer, this is the sort of news that Mark Zuckerberg doesn't need to hear just now.  With a reach approaching 15 percent of the world's population, Facebook is a thriving media business.
More: ReadWriteWeb, BGR and GuardianTweets: @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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Down, Not Out: Nokia Goes On The Offensive With 11 Lawsuits Against HTC, RIM And ViewSonic Covering 45 Patents  —  As Nokia continues to try to turn itself around as a mobile phone business, it is also playing on the offense in the legal game: today it announced that it has filed fresh round …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
After Testifying in Oracle-Google Trial, Scott McNealy Speaks Out  —  Having testified in the Oracle-Google trial with a decidedly different viewpoint from that of his successor, former Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy took to Bloomberg TV yesterday to talk a little about Java, and licensing of its APIs, and other matters yesterday.
More: Wired
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
Nokia Repays $420 K. Grant For Failing To Create Lasting Jobs in New York  —  Nokia's renovated headquarters via PerkinsWill.com  —  This week, Nokia, the Finnish phone company currently taking a beating on its bottom line, was forced to pay back $420,000 for a broken deal to bring jobs …
Michael Carney / PandoDaily:
Flingo Marries Up, Gets Hitched to Mark Cuban  —  In a courtship that began at CES earlier this year, smart TV app company Flingo is now getting hitched to billionaire technology and digital media expert Mark Cuban.  —  Flingo announced $1 million of additional financing by Cuban and Gary Lauder …
More: CNET and BetaKit
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 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Amazon Gets Into the Sitcom Business  —  Amazon has been stocking up its Web video offering with lots of old TV shows.  Now it's going to start making some of its own.  —  The company is pulling back the covers (a bit) on its plans to produce kids' shows and sitcoms via its “Amazon Studios” …
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
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.

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