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May 9, 2012, 7:55 AM

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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 …
Aden Fine / ACLU:
BREAKING NEWS: Twitter Stands Up For One Of Its Users  —  Twitter has filed a motion in state court in New York seeking to quash a court order requiring it to turn over information about one of its users and his communications on Twitter.  This particular case involves a Twitter user …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Twitter: We're still the free-speech wing of the free-speech party  —  As various levels of government both in the U.S. and around the world have stepped up their attempts to track down dissidents through social networks, the pressure has intensified on companies like Twitter and Facebook …
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.
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.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Yahoo Director in Charge of Botched CEO Vetting to Step Down From Board  —  CSLie has claimed its first victim, although the mystery is still unsolved.  —  Patti Hart — the Yahoo director in charge of the search that resulted in the hiring of Scott Thompson as its CEO …
Ben Rudolph / The Windows Blog:
Smoked by Windows Phone by the numbers (and new ads!)  —  When I kicked off Smoked by Windows Phone at CES in January, I did it with one thing in mind - show the world that Windows Phone is simply faster at the everyday stuff that people do on their smartphones.
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.
Ben Sandofsky:
Shell Apps and Silver Bullets  —  Every company comes up with the idea of writing a “shell app.”  By replacing native code with a web view you could:  — Release new functionality outside a full app update  — Implement a feature once and share it across platforms
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Foursquare CEO Reveals Plans for Personalized Coupons  —  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” …
More: Fast Company and GigaOMTweets: @rakeshlobster and @dens
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
New iPad Coming to 30 Additional Countries Including Brazil on May 11 and 12  —  As revealed by Apple's iPad selection page for Latin America, the new iPad will be launching in 13 new countries in that region this Friday, May 11.  The most significant new addition is Brazil …
Alex Payne:
What Is and Is Not A Technology Company  —  When I was a kid, I had a morning routine with my family.  Over breakfast, we'd divvy up the newspaper.  I'd go straight for the Business section, and from there to the back pages with yesterday's stock prices.  Scanning down the lines of tiny text, I'd look for SUN, ORCL, MSFT, AAPL, SGI.
More: GigaOM
Elinor Mills / CNET:
Thousands of Twitter passwords exposed  —  Twitter is investigating the release of what appear to be thousands of user account passwords and e-mail addresses.  —  “We are currently looking into the situation.  In the meantime, we have pushed out password resets to accounts that may have been affected …
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Andreessen Horowitz Confirms Its Scout Program, Calls Out Lazy Angels Who Hate Competition  —  It's all coming out now.  —  Andreessen Horowitz Partners has just confirmed that it too has been operating a stealthy scout program.  —  In case you missed it, last week we uncovered …
More: Business Insider and PE Hub BlogTweets: @arrington
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.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
StumbleUpon CEO Garrett Camp Steps Down, 10 Years Later  —  Garrett Camp, the co-founder and long-time CEO of Web discovery service StumbleUpon, is moving on.  Or up, you could say — Camp will now be chairman of the board, while the company undertakes a public search for a new CEO.
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.
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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