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May 20, 2012, 9:40 PM

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Steven Musil / CNET:
Microsoft quietly launches So.cl social network  —  In the wake of social-networking giant Facebook's IPO, Microsoft has quietly launched So.cl, its own social networking foray.  However, So.cl isn't a designed to be a Facebook challenger.  The project, the details of which leaked out last year …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Microsoft Launches Socl Social Network: A Look Inside  —  Congrats, Mark Zuckerberg.  You went public on Friday, got married on Saturday, and as a special present from part-owner and best partner Microsoft, now have a new social network to content with: Microsoft's So.cl.  But don't worry too much.
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Fat Lady Finally Sings: Yahoo and Alibaba Officially Shake on $7 Billion Stock Sale Deal [UPDATED]  —  As AllThingsD.com reported several days ago they would, Yahoo and Alibaba Group have finally reached an agreement for the Silicon Valley Internet giant to sell back half its stake in the Chinese Web company in a $7 billion deal.
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Disruptions: DIY, a Site for Children, Is Instructive for Start-Ups  —  I am flooded daily with pitches from Silicon Valley start-ups that boast they are the next big thing.  The problem is, that next big thing is often an inconsequential variation on a previous big thing.  —  An Instagram for video.
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Apple, Samsung CEOs set for U.S. court talks  —  (Reuters) - The chief executives of Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd are used to running the show at their global tech empires, but they will be in for a different experience when they arrive at a San Francisco federal courthouse on Monday.
Marcus Wohlsen / Associated Press:
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg weds on day after IPO  —  A day after the historic Facebook IPO, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg updated his status Saturday to “married.”  Zuckerberg wed 27-year-old Priscilla Chan, his girlfriend of nearly a decade, according to a guest authorized to speak for the couple.
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
The Undoing of Scott Thompson at Yahoo  —  When the activist shareholder Daniel Loeb confronted Yahoo's directors on May 3 with the possibility that Yahoo's recently hired chief executive, Scott Thompson, might have falsified his résumé by claiming to have a computer science degree, their initial reaction was disbelief.
More: Business InsiderTweets: @brocromanek
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Report: Pakistan Blocks Twitter Over Blasphemous Content, Facebook Complies?  [Update: Back Up]  —  Another day, another example of a country making it harder for its people to use the web and some of its most effective channels of communication?  There are reports coming in from Pakistan …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Voyager Mobile, a 22-Year-Old's Cellphone Start-Up, Launches After Delay  —  An attack on his Web site pushed things out a few days, but John Mardini says Voyager Mobile is now ready to take orders for cut-rate cellphone service.  —  Mardini, a 22-year-old entrepreneur and New York University student …
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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