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May 15, 2012, 6:45 PM

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CNBC:
As Investors Fawn Over Facebook, Poll Finds User Distrust, Apathy  —  Facebook's initial public offering will be the largest and perhaps the most highly anticipated Internet deal in history.  —  Faced with great expectations, however, Facebook is staring down some unnerving obstacles …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
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.”
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
T-Mobile USA's Philipp Humm announces restructuring, ‘difficult decisions’ to staff  —  T-Mobile USA CEO Philipp Humm had previously announced a round of layoffs with a net loss of some 1,000 jobs back in March, and the company's restructuring continues today with another memo sent to employees.
Matt Galligan:
Socialcam's Shady Secret  —  I had a hunch that Socialcam was doing some really shady tactics to get more of a bump in engagement at the detriment of user experience.  Looks like my hunch was right.  The app has been on quite the tear lately with how much it's growing and getting insane engagement.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple also working on MacBook Airs and iMacs with Retina Displays  —  Mockup showing Retina Display 11 and 13 inch MacBook Airs  —  On Monday we broke the news that Apple is readying a brand-new 15-inch MacBook Pro with cornerstone features like an ultra-thin design and USB 3 ports for incredibly fast data transfers.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
GM to Stop Advertising on Facebook  —  General Motors Co. GM -1.04% plans to stop advertising on Facebook after the company's marketing executives determined their paid ads had little impact on consumers, people familiar with the matter said, a move that comes as more companies question …
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Is Comcast prioritizing its Xfinity app over competitors like Netflix?  —  A detailed study from technical infrastructure expert Bryan Berg reveals that Comcast may be prioritizing traffic for its own Xfinity app for Xbox 360 over other services, like Netflix — which, if accurate …
More: GigaOM and berg'd
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
Kevin Ryan Asks Jetsetter CEO Drew Patterson to Step Down After ‘Mutiny’ From Staffers  —  Gilt Groupe founder Kevin Ryan and Gilt Groupe chairman Susan Lyne spent Monday in meetings at the offices of Jetsetter, an independent deals site for luxury travel bookings under the Gilt umbrella.
More: Tnooz
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 …
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Yahoo, AOL vet Garlinghouse named CEO of YouSendIt  —  Brad Garlinghouse, who once headed up AOL's Silicon Valley operations, is now CEO of YouSendIt, a provider of file sharing and storage software for businesses.  —  In early April, reports surfaced that the current CEO …
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.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple introduces the Steering Wheel Remote Control  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of twenty-one newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  The most surprising one of them all is one that snuck through the patent system until today.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: How Mark Zuckerberg Booted His Co-Founder Out Of The Company  —  Ahead of Facebook's $15 billion IPO later this week, Billionaire Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin has renounced his US citizenship in order to avoid a boatload of taxes.  —  One reason this is possible: Saverin no longer works at Facebook.
More: CNET, WebProNews and Gizmodo
Alexandra Chang / Wired:
It's Official: Cellphone Owners Love Apple Hardware  —  According to the latest ACSI report, cellphone users are most satisfied with Apple's iPhone.  Photo: Jim Merithew/Wired  —  Hey, Apple — it turns out the world does love you.  RIM?  Not so much.  —  The American Customer Satisfaction Index …
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.
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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