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May 17, 2012, 7:35 AM

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Exclusive: Japan's Rakuten Wins the Heart of Pinterest in $100M Funding Race With $1.5B Valuation  —  Rakuten, the largest e-commerce site in Japan, is expected to be the lead investor in the much-contested next round of funding for Silicon Valley's hottest start-up, Pinterest.
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
US-citizenship renouncing Facebook cofounder Saverin may be effectively banned from the country  —  Oh dear, I don't think that too many people saw this coming.  I do hope that Eduardo Saverin did, however, as his move to renounce his US citizenship may carry a penalty …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Matthew Braga / Ars Technica:
Say hello to the real real-time Web  —  It's not just a buzzword, but a technological shift—the instantly accessible Web.  —  Real-time technologies are making Web apps faster—and in some cases, indistinguishable from desktop apps.  —  Garret Voight  —  It started with a simple idea …
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) …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Google's bots learn to read interactive webpages more like humans  —  Google can now index parts of the Web that weren't indexable before  —  Google feeds its search engine's index with site data from a virtual army of “bots”—Web-crawling applications that scour sites for content.
Antony Savvas / Computerworld UK Public Sector:
Met Police uses ‘quick’ mobile data extraction system against suspects  —  Police will have immediate access to data on handset  —  The Metropolitan Police has rolled out a mobile device data extraction system to allow officers to extract data “within minutes” from suspects' phones while they are in custody.
More: TechEye
Rebecca Mackinnon / Foreign Policy:
The Rise of Europe's Private Internet Police  —  Activists are fighting to rein them in.  —  In 2005, Peter Mahnke, a resident of the English town of St. Margaret's, Middlesex, set up a community website.  For the past seven years, he and a handful of local volunteers have been publishing regular updates …
David Kravets / Wired:
Banned PlayStation Hacker Sees Hope of Return in Jailbreaking Deliberations  —  Hacking sensation George Hotz, aka “GeoHot.”  Photo: George Hotz  —  George Hotz, an infamous hardware hacker better known online as Geohot, has a PlayStation that he's not allowed to play with …
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Palantir Technologies Nabs $56M In New Funding, SEC Filing Shows  —  Palantir Technologies, the big data analysis company founded in 2004 by a team of ex-PayPal employees including Peter Thiel, has raised $56 million in new funding, according to a document filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Emil Protalinski / ZDNet:
Wikileaks has been under DDoS attack for the last three days  —  Summary: The Pirate Bay is down.  Wikileaks is down.  Visa was down.  Are all these Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks a coincidence?  Right now it's not clear, but something is definitely happening.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Even as Settlement Hopes Appear, Facebook Blames Shoddy Checking in Answer to Yahoo Patent Fraud Claim  —  When last we tuned in to the ongoing drama that is the patent infringement lawsuit Yahoo aimed at Facebook, Yahoo had a CEO — Scott Thompson — who was full steam ahead in pressing the controversial legal action.
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.
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

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