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May 19, 2012, 4:55 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's IPO Sputters  —  Underwriters Forced to Prop Up IPO of Social Network; Only a 23-Cent Rise  —  Facebook Inc. took eight years to stage one of the most anticipated initial public offerings ever.  The anticlimax came Friday, as Wall Street bankers struggled to prevent …
Wall Street Journal:
Missing Out on Facebook Jackpot  —  At times like Facebook Inc.'s initial public offering, hindsight in Silicon Valley is 20/20.  Everybody knows the story of Harvard whiz-kid Mark Zuckerberg, who wanted to change the Internet and made billions.  Less often told is the story of former carpet salesman Pejman Nozad.
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Sorry, But This Whining And Umbrage About Facebook's IPO Is Ridiculous  —  This isn't going to be a popular thing to say, but it needs to be said.  So here goes...  All this whining and umbrage about Facebook's IPO is ridiculous.  —  When are people who voluntarily speculate on stocks finally …
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Creating the Windows 8 user experience … At the D: All Things Digital conference in June 2011, we demonstrated for the first time the new user interface that we developed for Windows 8.  This new UI is fast and fluid to use, and optimized for mobile form factors such as laptops, tablets …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Facebook vs. Twitter  —  The best way to compare Twitter and Facebook is to look at the old children's story The Tortoise and the Hare.  —  For those that don't remember curling up in bed as a child, listening to an adult narrate it, this is the old fable of an arrogant hare who loses a race to a slow tortoise.
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Danny Weitzner / The White House Blog:
Putting Twitter's “Do Not Track” Feature in Context  —  This week, we got some terrific news about new ways individuals can protect their privacy on the internet.  —  Twitter announced it will support the new Do Not Track feature in web browsers, giving users one-click control over whether …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
The story of the ‘secret’ room at Pixar, frequented by Steve Jobs and many other celebrities  —  Truthfully, I thought everyone knew about the ‘Lucky 7 Lounge’.  It's a secret room at Pixar that's really not so secret now.  But I took a quick poll of some friends and coworkers and drew a blank, so here goes.
John Letzing / Wall Street Journal:
China Clears Google's Motorola Mobility Deal  —  Google Inc. said Saturday that Chinese antitrust authorities have cleared the Internet giant's proposed purchase of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc., pushing the $12.5 billion deal over its last regulatory hurdle.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
ePub standards body proposes new ‘lightweight’ DRM for ebook platform interoperability  —  Tor and several other related imprints may be going DRM-free in July, but that doesn't mean the rest of the publishing industry is ready to jump on board.  Instead, the International Digital Publishing Forum …
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
Why Did Zynga's Stock Drop After Facebook Went Public?  —  Believe it or not, other stocks besides Facebook traded on Friday.  Although Zynga probably wishes it wasn't one of them.  —  While Facebook's much-ballyhooed IPO didn't pop, Zynga's stock went cliff-diving.

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