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May 11, 2012, 1:30 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.
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 …
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.
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
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Saas For Cows!  Farmeron Raises $1.4 Million *Seed* to Ease Farmers' Lives  —  A lot of people in Silicon Valley are pretty obsessed with organic this and that.  One or two startups have looked at the whole connecting-fams-with-consumers- directly model, even.
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Exclusive: Music locker service MP3tunes.com files for bankruptcy  —  Michael Robertson, founder of MP3tunes.com, says if EMI's goal was to put his company out of business, then it succeeded.  If the goal was to prevent the rise of unlicensed music lockers, then the label failed.

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