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May 17, 2012, 12:01 AM

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Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing the Knowledge Graph: things, not strings  —  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.  So today I'm really excited to launch the Knowledge Graph …
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 …
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 …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Netflix launches sexy new web-based video player  —  Netflix just rolled out a completely revamped video player for browser-based viewing, and I gotta say, it's pretty slick: Not only does it come with lightbox-like text overlays while a video is paused, users can also preview entire seasons …
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.
Neal Gompa / ExtremeTech:
Japanese researchers transmit 3Gbps using terahertz frequencies  —  Researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a new wireless transmission system that works above all currently regulated spectrum frequencies.  The new system works at the range of 300GHz to 3THz (terahertz) …
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.
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Facebook rolling out new “Pages Manager” app for iPhone  —  Facebook has just broken out another feature of their main app and released Pages Manager for the iPhone.  The app appears to function just like the main Facebook app, but with all of the features dedicated to fan pages.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Sleepover Time!  All-Night Hackathon Precedes Facebook IPO At Headquarters  —  Carrying on in the esteemed tradition of Facebook hackathons, there will be an all-nighter on Thursday at the company's Menlo Park headquarters that culminates with CEO Mark Zuckerberg ringing in the NASDAQ bell ahead …
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Toyota Just Turned the Nintendo DS into a Navigational System  —  If Japan uses the Nintendo DS in schools, then why not in cars?  Toyota's newest Smart Navi car navigational system enables drivers to turn the Nintendo DS into a navi remote control.  —  No, no, no not drivers.  Passengers.
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Facebook's latest filing: Insiders are cashing in  —  Facebook today revealed that it will have more shares than expected available to investors when it goes public on Friday.  But the social network won't be the one cashing in on it.  —  Facebook will now offer up to 484.4 million shares …
David Meyer / GigaOM:
Rocket caught copying Fab code in Nigerian push  —  In recent days, Berlin clone factory Rocket Internet has had a register-your-interest page up for its new Nigerian site, Sabunta.  It's a clothing store and, once launched, it will probably look like Rocket's many other Zappos clones.
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Ki Mae Heussner / GigaOM:
Bloglovin, a prettier take on RSS and Tumblr, gets Betaworks investment  —  When Mattias Swenson, Patrik Ring and their three co-founders first decided to launch a startup out of high school, the plan was to work on it for a year and then move on with their lives.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
In the Race to Win Social Video, Is One App Gaming the System Too Much?  —  There's a popular maxim in Silicon Valley: Find your user base and the revenues will come later.  —  For a while, it seemed to be the easiest way for a founder to explain his or her way out of a proper business model.
More: BetaKitThanks:@mikeisaac
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Path CEO Dave Morin Joins Eventbrite Board  —  Path co-founder and CEO Dave Morin is joining the board of the event ticketing startup Eventbrite, the company is announcing today.  The news of the appointment follows what has been, so far, quite a busy year for the startup …
Larry Dignan / CNET:
Netflix: Disgruntled customers rejoining service  —  A third of Netflix's new customers are people who quit the service and signed up again in less than a year, says the company's CFO at an investor conference.  A Netflix executive said today the company has taken its brand hit for pricing changes last year …
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 …

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