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May 11, 2012, 1:15 AM

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Bing:
Introducing the New Bing: Spend Less Time Searching, More Time Doing  —  In 2009, we launched Bing with a simple proposition: people should expect more from a search engine.  —  Our aim has always been to help you do more with search, and over the past three years we have made exciting strides to realize that vision.
E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Google, Alert: Bing Wants “To Model Every Object On The Planet,” Reinvent Search  —  The future of search is not about page rank.  It's about creating giant databases of every person, place, and thing on the planet.  —  Today Bing is announcing a revamp of its front end, to make its search results more useful for users.
Tweets: @johnsheehan
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft to bring full Internet Explorer browsing to Xbox 360 with Kinect controls  —  Microsoft is currently testing a modified version of Internet Explorer 9 on its Xbox 360 console, according to our sources.  The Xbox 360 currently includes Bing voice search, but it's limited to media results.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Microsoft's Sneaky Success: The Xbox Is the Most Popular Video Player in the U.S.  —  More evidence that Microsoft is increasing its lead in the digital living room race: Data that shows its Xbox gaming console is the most popular non-PC device to watch Web video.
Bloomberg:
Facebook IPO Said to Meet Weaker-Than-Expected Investor Demand  —  Facebook Inc. (FB)'s initial public offering has so far generated lower-than-expected demand from institutional investors who are concerned about the company's growth prospects, people with knowledge of the matter said.
More: Business InsiderTweets: @ldignan
Reuters:
Facebook's IPO already oversubscribed: source  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's record initial public offering is already oversubscribed, a source familiar with the share listing said, days after the world's largest social network embarked on a cross-country roadshow to drum up investor enthusiasm.
More: CNETTweets: @pkedrosky and @pkafka
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Google, Twitter quizzed on Facebook-Instagram: source  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has reached out to Google Inc and Twitter in an investigation into Facebook Inc's $1 billion acquisition of photo-sharing service Instagram, a source familiar with the probe told Reuters.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
7-Inch iPad with Retina Display Coming in October Priced at $200-$250?  —  iMore reports that Apple is “currently targeting” an October launch for a smaller iPad, with the device carrying a display of roughly 7 inches and being priced in the $200-$250 range.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
TV Broadcasters Warn of Huge Industry Shakeup If Barry Diller's Aereo Isn't Stopped  —  After filing a copyright lawsuit against Aereo in March, broadcasters on Wednesday detailed why a preliminary injunction is warranted.  —  All of the major TV broadcasters are fighting a legal battle against Aereo …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Pebble smartwatch tops $10 million in Kickstarter pledges, sells all 85,000 watches  —  If you thought that the campaign for the Pebble E-Paper Watch would show signs of slowing after it broke Kickstarter records and pushed past $5 million in pledges, you'd be wrong — for it has now topped $10 million …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter Buys Personalized Email Marketer RestEngine To Deliver Best Tweet Digests  —  Twitter has just finalized a deal to hire the team and buy the technology of RestEngine, a personalized email marketing service, which could help Twitter deliver email digests of great tweets you've missed.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Pay To “Highlight” Your Facebook Status Updates To More Friends - A Reckless New Ads Test  —  Only 12% of your friends see your average status update, but Facebook is testing an option called “Highlight” that lets you pay a few dollars to have one of your posts appear to more friends.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Intel CEO says Windows on ARM will struggle without legacy support  —  During Intel's annual investor meeting today, CEO Paul Otellini wasted no time in emphasizing the major advantage x86 architecture support will offer when it comes to choosing between Windows 8 hardware powered by Intel chipsets …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 launches with high-end specs, $399 price  —  Been lusting after a GeForce GTX 680 at a more affordable price point?  Nvidia has done the inevitable and trickled its Kepler GPU architecture down to a more wallet-friendly level with the introduction of the $399 GeForce GTX 670.
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Oracle might only receive $150,000 in damages from Google  —  Summary: In what was once touted as a $6 billion case, Oracle might end up with only $150,000 in statutory damages.  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Oracle's situation in its intellectual property legal battle against Google is looking more bleak by the day.
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Kara Swisher's “Just Jokin'” Look At Buying TechCrunch  —  Interesting line in PandoDaily's article a couple of days ago about TechCrunch - “Kara Swisher was kicking some tires [about buying TechCrunch] to add the brands to the expanding All Things D franchise.”  —  Then a full retraction yesterday:
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
AOL Has A New CTO  —  AOL just named interim CTO Curtis Brown its fulltime CTO.  —  He joined the company in 2010.  —  Before that he was CTO at Kaplan Test Prep.  —  On LinkedIn, he describes his specialties as:  — Partnering with executives to align and deliver technology strategy …
Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
OMG, is Amazon going to kill tech blogs too?  —  Is Amazon seriously launching a tech blog that aims to compete with gadget blogs like the Verge and Gizmodo?  According to a new report from “The Daily,” yes.  The funny thing is that Amazon already has a gadget blog called End User …
More: The DailyTweets: @counternotions and @nytimesbits
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Adobe Lightroom 4 arrives in the Mac App Store for $149.99  —  Adobe's Photoshop Lightroom 4, first released in early March, has made its way to the Mac App Store.  Priced at $149.99, the photography app marks the first professional-caliber product Adobe is offering via Apple's digital storefront.

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