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May 15, 2012, 12:25 PM

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Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Facebook offers 50.6m extra shares, confirms new $34-$38 price range, may raise up to $14.7 billion  —  Facebook has just filed a seventh amendment to its S-1, which you can read here.  TechCrunch yesterday reported that FB was going to sell extra shares (update: or at least that underwriters …
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 …
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Those suave Google glasses are now patent-protected  —  Google has successfully patented the “ornamental design” of its augmented reality eyewear.  To you, me and Aunty Dee they might look almost like regular Ray-Bans, but there's a lot of secret technology concealed within those sleek lines …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Does Yahoo even know how to be a modern media company?  —  Now that Yahoo has managed to make its way through yet another CEO shuffle — its sixth in just five years — the former portal has to get back to the main task at hand: namely, figuring out what its future looks like.
Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Prepare Thinner Mac Laptops Sporting Intel Chips  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is preparing a new lineup of thinner MacBook laptops running on more powerful chips made by Intel Corp. (INTC), people with knowledge of the plans said.  —  The MacBook Pro machines, to be unveiled …
David Carr / New York Times:
Audiences Now Rarely Drawn to Live Television  —  This week, when they ring the bell on the television upfronts, the annual orgy of advertising buying, I hope the industry isn't counting on my house to lift ratings.  —  So far in the month of May, our household has watched exactly two minutes and one second of live television.
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Sony VAIO S upgraded with Intel's Ivy Bridge CPUs and Nvidia's Kepler GPUs  —  Sony has announced a refresh of its VAIO S Series laptops, along with a pair of new E Series models.  The S Series will come with a choice of 13.3- and 15.5-inch displays; the 15.5-inch model has a 1080p IPS screen …
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Please Don't Learn to Code  —  The whole “everyone should learn programming” meme has gotten so out of control that the mayor of New York City actually vowed to learn to code in 2012.  —  A noble gesture to garner the NYC tech community vote, for sure, but if the mayor of New York City actually needs …
More: SachaGreif.com and BetabeatTweets: @currybet
Cade Metz / Wired:
If You Can Copyright an API, What Else Can You Copyright?  —  Oracle's Larry Ellison says APIs can copyrighted - and that raises questions across the computer industry.  Photo: Oracle  —  What does an API look like?  —  Sometimes, says Brian Pagano, it looks like this: /users.  Or this: /products.
Julie Miller / Vanity Fair:
Groupon Gets a Poorly Titled CBS Sitcom  —  In 2010, Facebook was the basis for a David Fincher film, and now another wunderkind-run Web site with an I.P.O. in the billions is being adapted for entertainment's sake.  This time, the social-media muse is Groupon, and the project …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Supreme Court denies Psystar's appeal in Mac clone case  —  One of Psystar's early “OpenMac” models.  —  (Credit: Psystar)  —  The U.S. Supreme Court today denied Psystar's request to review a lower court decision that keeps it from selling computers that run Apple's OS X but that are not made by Apple.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Look Out: Pinterest Marketing Platform Curalate Lands $750k Seed From NEA, First Round, MentorTech  —  A new breed of social media sites led by visual rather than text-based interactions is now spawning a new breed of marketing service catering to the new format.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Fox and NBC: Dish's commercial-skipping DVR ‘a strange thing to do’ at best, ‘an insult’ at worst  —  Customers may be impressed by Dish Network's commercial-skipping Auto Hop feature on the Hopper DVR, but at least two networks aren't so happy.  In a press call, Fox entertainment chairman Peter Rice …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Google's Chrome Browser Is Coming For iOS, Says Macquarie  —  Macquarie analyst Ben Schacter has a surprising report out this morning.  —  He writes, “Google Chrome browser for iOS is coming.”  —  He adds, “Apple may already be reviewing Google's submitted code for a Chrome browser for iOS.”
Jake Smith / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases update to Leopard, includes Flashback removal tool  —  While Apple has released updates for both Lion and Snow Leopard to remove the Flashback malware that is making the rounds, the company had not released a fix for Leopard until today.  Apple released a Flashback Removal Security Update …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
LG shows off the best Google TV yet, with motion controls, dual-core CPU, 3D  —  When we first learned LG would be launching its crop of Google TV sets this month, I asked “will anyone care?”  — now after seeing LG's G2 series in action, I'm surprised to report that plenty of consumers just may.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Columbia Pictures Wins ‘Social Network’ Lawsuit Over Zuckerberg Classmate  —  Almost everyone knows the story of the Winklevii.  Not everyone has heard about Aaron Greenspan.  Is it better to be portrayed as a loser in developing a social network than to be cut out of the story altogether?
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Adobe upgrades its Digital Publishing Suite with iPhone viewer, improved social media features  —  Between rolling out Creative Suite 6, Creative Cloud and a new video platform for broadcasters, Adobe's been mighty busy lately.  If that's not evidence enough that the outfit is making …
More: VentureBeat and Gizmodo
Tim Bray / ongoing:
Browsers and Apps in 2012  —  It's like this: The browser's doomed, because apps are the future.  Wait!  Apps are doomed because HTML5 is the future.  I see something almost every day saying one or the other.  Only it's mostly wrong.  [If you don't want to read my opinions …

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