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May 22, 2012, 7:55 PM

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Reuters:
SEC, FINRA to review Facebook issues, Nasdaq sued  —  (Reuters) - Two top U.S. financial regulators said the issues around the initial public offering of Facebook should be reviewed, putting fresh pressure on the company, its embattled lead underwriter and the Nasdaq.
Michael Wolff / Technology Review:
The Facebook Fallacy  —  Facebook is not only on course to go bust, but will take the rest of the ad-supported Web with it.  Given its vast cash reserves and the glacial pace of business reckonings, that will sound hyperbolic.  But that doesn't mean it isn't true.
More: Washington PostTweets: @carnage4life
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Larry Page / The Official Google Blog:
We've acquired Motorola Mobility  —  The phones in our pockets have become supercomputers that are changing the way we live.  It's now possible to do things we used to think were magic, or only possible on Star Trek—like get directions right from where we are standing; watch a video on YouTube …
9to5Mac:
Likely next-generation iPhone with 3.999-inch display, 1136 x 640 resolution in testing (updated: more decimals)  —  Apple is testing multiple next-generation iPhones, and we have independently heard that at least one of these devices sports a brand new display.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Kleiner Perkins Sued By Partner Ellen Pao For Alleged Sexual Harassment, Gender Discrimination  —  Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers, one of the most storied and well-respected venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, has been sued by Ellen Pao, an investment partner with the firm.
Carl Franzen / Livewire:
Facebook Begins Testing Redesigned “Timeline” View  —  Days after it first began offering stock in a rocky initial public offering, Facebook has quietly begun testing a new look for user profiles, or “Timelines,” the company confirmed to TPM.  —  Here is a view of the new Timeline view Facebook …
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Facebook settles lawsuit over “Sponsored Stories”  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc. has agreed to settle a proposed class action lawsuit that alleged the site's “Sponsored Stories” feature publicized users' “likes” without compensation or the ability to opt out, according to a court document filed on Tuesday.
NBC Bay Area:
VP of Palo Alto's SAP Arrested in LEGO Bar Code Scam  —  A San Carlos software engineer is charged with four counts of felony burglary.  —  A Silicon Valley executive could soon be trading LEGO blocks for cell blocks.  It's a story you will only see on NBC Bay Area News.
Matt Thompson / The Mozilla Blog:
Introducing “Mozilla Webmaker:” helping the world make the web  —  Today, we're proud to launch “Mozilla Webmaker,” a new program to help people everywhere make, learn and play using the open building blocks of the web.  —  The goal: help millions of people move from using the web to making the web.
More: eWeek and WebProNews
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
VIA launches $49 Android PC  —  The Raspberry Pi has set the price bar very low for a fully functional PC, and no one has managed to get anywhere near it yet.  VIA is within spitting distance though, with the announcement today of a $49 Android PC (APC) system.
More: Ars Technica and UbergizmoTweets: @davezatz
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
100 Most Valuable Brands: Apple Tops Again; Nokia Disappears  —  WPP's Millward Brown published its annual BrandZ study, ranking the world's leading brands, which are increasingly technology companies.  According to the research house, four of the top five global brands and seven of the Top 10 are tech firms.
Ryan Spoon:
Announcing Spindle.  —  It's a bold vision: “build the discovery engine for hte social web”... and that's precisely what excites us about Spindle.  Based in Cambridge, MA and started in Dogpatch Labs, Spindle aims to deliver actionable information and news that you wouldn't have found otherwise …
Kenneth Wong / Bloomberg:
SAP Agrees to Buy Ariba in $4.3B Deal  —  SAP AG (SAP), the largest business- management software maker, agreed to buy Ariba Inc. (ARBA) (ARBA) to add a cloud-computing applications maker in a transaction valued at about $4.3 billion.  —  SAP offerd $45 a share for Ariba …
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Facebook loses trademark fight against adult social network  —  A federal judge has refused to order a Norwegian website that describes itself as “the number one socializing porn and sex network” to turn over its name to Facebook.  —  U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White last week ruled …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Samsung Chromebox gets a premature outing, $330 price tag (video)  —  Samsung has been almost completely silent regarding its Chromebox since its CES outing, so we were taken aback when we were tipped off that it was hiding in plain sight on TigerDirect's web store.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Airbnb Will Now Cover up to $1M Worth of Property Damage  —  Airbnb is putting up some cash to build a reputation around the safety and security of its hosts' property.  The company today committed to cover as much as $1 million in damage resulting from a booking.

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