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May 16, 2012, 10:00 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Apple Moves Toward Larger iPhone Screens … As Apple prepares for a launch of a new iPhone later this year, people familiar with the situation say the company is planning for a larger screen.  Above, the Apple store in Hong Kong.  —  HONG KONG—Apple Inc., which is expected to launch …
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 …
Chris Dixon:
Facebook's business model  —  Startups usually succeed because of a single major product or business innovation.  Google is unusual in that they succeeded because of two major innovations: their core search product, and their keyword advertising business model.
More: SlateTweets: @ajkeen and @mattrosoff
Pamela Parker / Marketing Land:
Ahead Of IPO, GM Drops Facebook Ads; Forrester Warns Other Companies May Follow  —  It couldn't have happened at a worse time for Facebook, which has its initial public offering of stock later this week.  General Motors has decided to stop advertising on the social networking giant, citing concerns about the site's effectiveness.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
HTC One X and Evo 4G LTE indefinitely delayed at US Customs for investigation of Apple patent infringement  —  The HTC One X and Evo 4G LTE are a notable devices for many reasons, but today it becomes notorious: it's the first device to face an import delay at US Customs for potentially infringing an Apple patent.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Changes Tack on Android  —  Google Inc. is shifting its strategy for its Android mobile operating system, in a bid to create a united front with smartphone and tablet makers to take on rivals like Apple Inc. and prevent wireless carriers from controlling the devices.
Joe Palazzolo / Law Blog:
Apple Fires Back in Lawsuit over Siri's Performance  —  Apple Inc. is defending its voice-recognition software Siri — she of the iPhone 4S — against claims that it doesn't perform as advertised.  —  A cluster of lawsuits seeking class action status in Oakland, Calif. …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Admitted file-swapper begs Supreme Court for help  —  Says RIAA sought huge damages to create an “urban legend.”  —  Supreme Court, debunker of “urban legends”?  —  Flickr user TexasGOPVote.com  —  “Joel Tenenbaum is a fine and courageous young man who has just received his doctorate …
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.
More: Matt GalliganTweets: @percivalThanks:@mulligan
The Economist:
Did Eduardo Saverin do anything wrong?  —  ACCORDING to the internet's hilarious headline writers, Eduardo Saverin, a Facebook co-founder, dis-"likes" America's tax rules and has “un-friended” the land of the free in order to dodge a potentially monumental tax bill after Facebook goes public.
Peter Sciretta / /Film:
Aaron Sorkin To Adapt ‘Steve Jobs’ for Sony  —  Last year we heard that Sony wanted Academy Award-winning The Social Network/The West Wing writer Aaron Sorkin to write the screenplay for a Steve Jobs biopic based on Walter Isaacson's best-selling biography.  Sony had purchased the rights …
Mat Honan / Gizmodo:
How Yahoo Killed Flickr and Lost the Internet  —  Web startups are made out of two things: people and code.  The people make the code, and the code makes the people rich.  Code is like a poem; it has to follow certain structural requirements, and yet out of that structure can come art.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Flipboard Expands: Adds Audio From NPR, Public Radio & SoundCloud; Introduces Japanese Version  —  “Social magazine” Flipboard may have to think up a new tagline for itself, as tonight the company is rolling out an update which greatly expands its focus beyond text-based content to also include audio.
Faith Merino / VatorNews:
Social ad spend expected to reach nearly $10B in 2016  —  A report from BIA/Kelsey forecasts social ad spending to grow by 21% a year  —  As a testament to the fact that social media is hotter than ever, social ad spending is predicted to reach $9.8 billion by 2016, according to a forecast released Tuesday by BIA/Kelsey.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Google finally adds ability to save home and work locations to Google Maps  —  Setting up a location for home and work and saving them in your address book is one of the most helpful mapping tips I can give anyone.  Google apparently agrees, as it has now added the ability to save Home …
Andrew Sinkov / Evernote Blogcast:
The All New Evernote 4.0 for Android  —  Major operating system updates are a great opportunity for us to rethink our apps.  That's exactly what happened when Google released the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.  Today, we're excited to unveil the completely redesigned Evernote 4.0 for Android.
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Judge comes down hard on publishers, Apple in e-book case  —  In a strongly worded opinion, US District Judge Denise Cote rejected requests by Apple and five book publishers to throw out a class action suit that accuses them of price-fixing.  —  Citing ongoing state, federal …
Yoni Appelbaum / The Atlantic Online:
How the Professor Who Fooled Wikipedia Got Caught by Reddit  —  T. Mills Kelly encourages his students to deceive thousands of people on the Web.  This has angered many, but the experiment helps reveal the shifting nature of the truth on the Internet.  —  A woman opens an old steamer trunk …
Shayndi Raice / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's New R&D Machine  —  Fewer Half-Baked Products Without User Input; 'We've Gotten More Humble'  —  Mark Zuckerberg is taking a more measured approach for major features added to Facebook.  Above, a stencil of Zuckerberg at headquarters.  —  For years, Facebook Inc. chief Mark Zuckerberg led …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Gartner: Q1 2012 Phone Sales Declined 2%, Dragged Down By Asia-Pacific.  Samsung Leads All  —  Sign of a maturing marketing flattening out, a lack of compelling devices, or a contraction in the economy?  Gartner today released figures that note that worldwide sales of mobile phones were actually …

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