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May 16, 2012, 3:01 PM

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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 …
Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing the Knowledge Graph: things, not strings  —  Cross-posted from the Inside Search Blog  —  Search is a lot about discovery—the basic human need to learn and broaden your horizons.  But searching still requires a lot of hard work by you, the user.
Sue Marek / FierceWireless:
Verizon will kill ‘grandfathered’ unlimited data plans, push users to data share  —  Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) plans to eliminate the $30 per month unlimited data plan that it still provides to 3G customers who were “grandfathered” into the plan because they were data customers prior …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Electric Imp Raises $7.9M From Redpoint & Lowercase Capital To Power The Internet of Things  —  One trend we've been tracking is the “Internet of Things” — the idea that at some point, all devices will be intelligent and connected, allowing for things like whole home automation.
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 …
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: Techdirt
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 …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
LG debuts Optimus UI 3.0 to compete with HTC Sense and Samsung TouchWiz  —  Playing catchup in the Android smartphone market to Samsung and in some respects HTC, Korean electronics giant LG has today launched an updated version of its custom Android user interface — Optimus UI 3.0 …
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Oracle Drops New Documents In Itanium Trial, and They're Juicy  —  A new trove of previously redacted emails and other documents submitted as evidence in the Oracle-Hewlett-Packard Itanium trial, and they fill in a lot of the blanks on the state of play between HP, Oracle and Intel …
More: eWeek and ZDNet
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Bitly readies real-time viral search engine, raises $20 million in new funding  —  Bitly, a New York company that lets users shorten, share, and track URLs, is raising around $20 million in a new round of funding, we have learned from multiple sources.  That's twice the amount the company raised …
More: Betabeat and GuardianThanks:@benpopper
Steven Musil / CNET:
Virgin Atlantic launches in-flight cell use  —  In-flight cell service will be available on Virgin Atlantic's Airbus A330.  —  (Credit: Virgin Atlantic)  —  Virgin Atlantic will soon allow passengers to use their cell phones during flights, but don't expect your phone-free fuselage to be replaced with coffeehouse clatter.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Oracle and Google take copyright damages out of the jury's hands  —  Yesterday Oracle counsel David Boies made a spur-of-the-moment suggestion that would prevent the jury from handling damages for Google's copyright infringement in Android, and keeping Oracle's hopes for a substantive payout alive.

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