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May 15, 2012, 2:25 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 …
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.”
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 …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Lenovo announces ThinkPad X1 Carbon, calls it the world's lightest 14-inch ultrabook (hands-on)  —  Lenovo unveiled a blitz of refreshed ThinkPad laptops today, each sporting a redesigned keyboard and Intel Ivy Bridge chips, but it had one surprise in store: the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Bloomberg:
Disney's ESPN in Talks With Apple to Expand Digital Access (Update 1)  —  Walt Disney Co. (DIS)'s ESPN sports network is talking with Apple Inc. (AAPL) about including the WatchESPN application on the computer maker's television device, network executive Sean Bratches said.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Plagiarism and The Next Web  —  Joshua Gross: Today, TheNextWeb took a little bit of that away from me by basically plagiarizing my post (pic), being sneaky about it, and defending it.  The response by The Next Web is terrible.  What bothers me about this situation is that it's not an isolated incident — it's the norm.
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
.Pirate Domains Now Available Through OpenNic  —  Despite the best efforts of Dutch lobby groups, and American entertainment cartels, the internet is a place where barriers don't stay barriers for long.  —  Throw a roadblock out and a new route is recalculated.  So it is with DNS.
More: WebProNews
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 …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Exclusive: New Google+ Study Reveals Minimal Social Activity, Weak User Engagement  —  Larry Page recently called Google+ the company's “social spine.”  If that's the case, then Google's backbone might be much weaker than Page has been letting on, at least according to a new report from RJ Metrics.
More: BGR and The Verge
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.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Social inbox Engagio becomes a social conversations network  —  Engagio, an email-like inbox that organizes social media conversations, is taking a big step toward becoming more of a social network of its own.  The Toronto-based start-up seed funded by Union Square Venture's Fred Wilson …
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 …
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 …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Finnish court rules open WiFi network owner not liable for infringement  —  Several hundred use a network, someone infringes—can't blame for the owner.  —  A Finnish District Court has ruled that the owner of an open WiFi network is not liable for copyright infringement by others using that network.
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.

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