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May 14, 2012, 5:20 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple readies revamped 15-inch MacBook Pro: Retina Display, ultra-thin design, and super-fast USB 3  —  Mockup: New, thinner MacBook Pro on the left.  Current model on the right.  —  Apple is putting the finishing touches on an entirely new 15-inch MacBook Pro that is the outcome of years …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Preparing Upgrade to iCloud  —  Apple Inc. is preparing an upgrade of its online service iCloud that includes new photo-sharing features, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The new features, expected to be announced at Apple's world-wide developer conference beginning June 11 …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Is Facebook raising its IPO range?  —  Facebook set to up its price.  —  FORTUNE — Last week, Bloomberg reported that Facebook was getting “weaker than forecast” demand for its upcoming IPO.  A few hours later, Reuters reported that the offering was already oversubscribed.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Ex-Yahoo Chief Told Board He Has Cancer  —  Before resigning as chief executive of Yahoo Inc. over the weekend, Scott Thompson disclosed to the company's board of directors and several colleagues that he has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, according to people familiar with the matter.
Harry McCracken / Techland:
Fact-Checking Digitimes, the Taiwanese Apple Rumor Source That Keeps Crying ‘Wolf!’  —  “It's key to note that the DigiTimes has a hit-or-miss track record for nailing predictions....”  —  “Digitimes has a spotty track record with regard to Apple rumors...”
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Anatomy of an iTV rumor  —  The latest “confirmation” that Apple is building a TV set turns out to be another soufflé  —  FORTUNE — It is perhaps a measure of how badly broken today's commercial TV viewing experience is — the cookie-cutter sitcoms, the ridiculous reality shows …
Michael Bathon / Bloomberg:
LightSquared, Failed Wireless Venture, Files for Bankruptcy  —  LightSquared Inc. filed for bankruptcy after its plan to deliver high-speed wireless to as many as 260 million people ran afoul of U.S. regulators.  LightSquared, based in Reston, Virginia, listed debt and assets …
Brian X. Chen / Bits:
Head of Time Warner Cable Is Unfamiliar With Apple's AirPlay  —  AirPlay, a software tool included with Apple's iPads and iPhones, is widely viewed as being potentially disruptive to the cable industry, because it makes it easy for people to view a broad variety of Internet content on a television.
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Intel Windows 8 tablets to hit retail stores in November  —  Intel ‘Clover Trail’ Atom Z2760-based Windows 8 tablet.  —  (Credit: Brooke Crothers)  —  The first wave of Intel-based Windows 8 tablets are expected to land in retail stores in November, a source familiar with device makers' plans told CNET.
Catherine Solyom / National Post:
Insider tells why Anonymous ‘might well be the most powerful organization on Earth’  —  Christopher Doyon, a.k.a. Commander X, sits atop a hillside in an undisclosed location in Canada, watching a reporter and photographer make their way along a narrow path to join him, away from the prying eyes of law enforcement.
More: Techland
Rocky Agrawal / VentureBeat:
AmEx's new local offers pose threat to Groupon  —  American Express is releasing a new version of its iPhone app today that lets users find offers at nearby businesses.  The new feature, dubbed “My Offers,” represents a threat to Groupon, which has tried to entice merchants to market through its mobile product, Groupon Now.
More: GigaOM and Mashable!
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Zynga Picks Up Mobile Gaming Startup Wild Needle In A Talent Deal  —  Zynga has picked up the team behind Wild Needle, a female-focused casual games company that was backed by Playdom co-founder Rick Thompson.  —  Wild Needle was raising funding back in late 2010 to build casual …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Yep, the Wireless Industry Actually Lost Contract Customers Last Quarter  —  The analysts thought this might happen — and it did.  The titans of the U.S. cellular industry managed to see their total number of on-contract customers drop last quarter.  —  Typically, the major carriers …
More: Gizmodo and PhoneArena
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Facebook giveth, Facebook taketh: A curious case of video apps  —  Nick Bilton, in today's The New York Times, writes about Facebook's ability to look at what is happening on its network and predict the future.  He says since more than nine million apps and services use Facebook Connect …
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