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May 9, 2012, 12:30 PM

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Mark Milian / Bloomberg:
Zuckerberg's Hoodie a ‘Mark of Immaturity,’ Analyst Says  —  Mark Zuckerberg is known for having arrived late for a meeting with prospective investor Sequoia Capital and giving a less-than-serious pitch while wearing pajamas.  —  Now, as Facebook preps its initial public offering …
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
How Goldman Sachs Blew The Facebook IPO  —  IPOs are wildly profitable deals for Wall Street investment banks, and they come with huge bragging rights.  —  So it's no surprise that the biggest Wall Street banks fought over the Facebook IPO for years.  —  The inside story of the Facebook …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
HP unveils Envy Spectre XT Ultrabook, other thin-and-lights in various sizes  —  What's that?  You're hungry for more HP laptops?  Good!  Because we're not nearly done yet!  The company just expanded its line of Ultrabooks from two to five, and that's not even counting this guy.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
HP on laptop design similarities with Apple's: it's a struggle as we drive to simplicity  —  HP's spent the afternoon here in Shanghai to share some details about its latest products and strategy, and to our delight, there was one session dedicated to “Style Meets Function,” …
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Tim Armstrong Says AOL Plans to Invest in TechCrunch and Engadget, Not Sell Them  —  Domestic Display Advertising Falls as Activist Investor Seeks Shakeup  —  AOL reported a 4% drop in average monthly visitors to AOL owned-and-operated properties, when it reported first-quarter earnings on Wednesday.
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Sources Say AOL Seeking Buyers for Engadget and TechCrunch, Arrington “Not In The Least Bit Interested”  —  We weren't sure about this one at first, but now we have two independent sources confirming that AOL is exploring the sale of its cornerstone technology sites Engadget and TechCrunch.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Nano-SIM update: Apple design modified to fix concerns, standard will be decided this month  —  We just spoke with SIM card maker (and pioneer) Giesecke & Devrient here at CTIA about progress on the creation of the 4FF standard — the so-called nano-SIM — over which Apple and Nokia have been warring in recent months.
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Foursquare Joins the Coupon Craze  —  Foursquare doesn't want to be another popular—but unprofitable—social network.  Its new plan to make money?  Personalized coupons.  —  The company, which lets users alert their friends to their location by “checking in” via smartphone from coffee shops …
Andrew Sinkov / Evernote Blogcast:
Evernote for Mac Update: Card View, Word Count, New Save Features, and More  —  Today, Evernote for Mac gets a pretty great update (v 3.1) full of new features, redesigned screens and stability improvements.  We've added a completely new Card View, word and character counts for notes, easier attachment export, and much more.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple's next iPhone coming in September, 7-in. iPad launching in August - report  —  Pegatron has reportedly landed orders for Apple's next-generation iPhone, rumored to launch in September, while Foxconn will allegedly manufacture a new 7-inch iPad arriving in August.
Jamie Keene / The Verge:
Flipboard for Android leaks out for all to download  —  At the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III, one unexpected inclusion was the Flipboard app — supposedly exclusive to the handset for the first few months.  However, despite the fact that the Galaxy S III hasn't even been released yet …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Loeb Again Calls for Thompson Firing From Yahoo, as Former eBay Boss Support Him  —  As expected, Yahoo activist shareholder Daniel Loeb released a new letter on the bio controversy he set off at Yahoo, again calling for the firing of CEO Scott Thompson.  —  “It seems farcical to us …
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
BlackBerry Curve 9320 now official: BB OS 7.1, 2.44-inch display, BBM button  —  The 9320 has visited more countries during its short gestation than some phones get to see in their whole lives, but it's finally arrived.  The specs are pretty much what we guessed, with the socially-focused BB OS 7.1 onboard …
Michael Degusta / Technology Review:
Are Smart Phones Spreading Faster than Any Technology in Human History?  —  Mobile computers are on track to saturate markets in the U.S. and the developing world in record time.  —  Today's technology scene seems overheated to some.  Apple is the most valuable company on earth.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
DDOS attack: Ustream down, Bambuser under heavy load  —  Updated.  Ustream has been unavailable this morning, and Bambuser has been under a heavy load of unusual traffic due to what looks like a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack against both live streaming providers.
More: TechCrunchTweets: @ustream
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
How Amazon saved Zynga's butt—and why Zynga built a cloud of its own  —  Five years ago, the social gaming company Zynga was cruising along with a fairly standard IT infrastructure.  Servers were racked and stacked in a retail data center where Zynga rented space.
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Virgin Media site goes titsup in Pirate Bay payback attack  —  Anonymous claims takedown victory  —  Virgin Media's main website dropped off the interwebs on Tuesday with hackivist collective Anonymous claiming responsibility for the DDoS attacks in response to the company's recent cut-off of The Pirate Bay.
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Facebook spawns ecosystem of startups  —  To get the true measure of what's often called “The Facebook Effect,” look beyond the company.  Generally ignored in the klieg lights focused on Facebook's IPO is a growing ecosystem of other startups that are using the social network's 900 million users to launch their own businesses.
Darrell Etherington / BetaKit:
Flint Launches image-Based Mobile Payment App, Raises $3M Series A  —  The race to find the mobile payments solution that works best for every type of business is on, and San Francisco-based Flint Mobile thinks it has the ideal offering for small businesses who operate mostly on the go.
Christina Farr / VentureBeat:
As venture capitalists turn their backs on China, funding dries up  —  Venture capital investment is hitting the skids in China, the world's largest Internet market.  —  VC investment fell to its lowest level in six years this quarter, as reported by Dow Jones VentureSource.

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