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May 16, 2012, 11:45 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 …
Jake Smith / 9to5Mac:
WSJ: Next iPhone to feature at least a 4-inch screen, production to begin in June  —  Update: Reuters backed up the WSJ's report and claimed sources have indicated, “The new iPhone screens will measure 4 inches from corner to corner.”  It also said that early production began at LG Display …
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Facebook Is Still Figuring It Out.  Will Advertisers and Investors Wait Around?  —  There are a bunch of ways to explain away GM's decision to stop spending ad dollars on Facebook.  We'll get to those.  —  But there's one thing that even the most ardent Facebook fan can't argue with …
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.
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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.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Facebook increases IPO size (again)  —  Facebook adds 25% more shares.  —  FORTUNE — Facebook has significantly increased the size of its initial public offering, just two days before it is expected to begin trading on the NASDAQ.  —  According to an amended registration document …
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Microsoft Gives Windows a Clean Sweep  —  For a long time, some Microsoft officials have privately griped that PC makers don't present Windows in its best light.  They clutter desktops with icons that are often little more than ads for third-party products; include confusing utilities …
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 …
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 …
More: WebProNews and Techdirt
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 …
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
For Facebook-boosted video apps, reality checks in  —  When Facebook made it easy to share what videos you were watching, companies like Socialcam, Metacafe, DailyMotion and Viddy rocketed up the app-charts and saw a sharp increase in the usage and downloads of these apps.
More: AllThingsD
Reuters:
Samsung loses $10 billion market value on Apple order report  —  (Reuters) - Shares in Samsung Electronics Co slumped more than 6 percent on Wednesday, wiping $10 billion off the electronics giant's market value, on a report that Apple placed huge chip orders with troubled Japanese chip rival Elpida.
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 …
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 …
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 …
More: WebProNews
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Under DDoS Attack From Unknown Enemy  —  Although Pirate Bay downtime happens a handful of times each month, it rarely persists for more than a few hours.  When it goes beyond that the steady flow of reader emails to TorrentFreak quickly transforms itself into a torrent.
More: Ars Technica and ZDNet
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Google Docs Research sidebar looks up terms, adds images, quotes, and citations  —  Google Docs has a lot going for it as an office or writing tool, and we imagine the Research sidebar, which appears to have recently launched on the suite, will help bolster its popularity.

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