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May 20, 2012, 8:10 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.
More: CNETTweets: @erichippeau
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
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.
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 …
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.
Sean Buckley / FierceTelecom:
Verizon confirms plans to raise FiOS rates  —  Verizon (NYSE: VZ) plans to implement price increases for its FiOS service to offset content costs and increase profitability, a senior executive said this week.  —  Shammo  —  Speaking at the 40th Annual J.P. Morgan Global Technology …
More: The VergeTweets: @mparekh
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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