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May 22, 2012, 1:45 PM

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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 …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
It's Time to Googorola: Acquisition Finally Closes and Google's Dennis Woodside Put in Charge  —  At long last, Google has completed its $12.5 billion cash purchase of Motorola Mobility, eight months after the deal was announced.  —  The acquisition had been held up by government approval processes …
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Insight: Morgan Stanley cut Facebook estimates just before IPO  —  (Reuters) - In the run-up to Facebook's $16 billion IPO, Morgan Stanley, the lead underwriter on the deal, unexpectedly delivered some negative news to major clients: The bank's consumer Internet analyst, Scott Devitt, was reducing his revenue forecasts for the company.
Dylan Tweney / VentureBeat:
Larry Page on Charlie Rose: “We're still waiting” for Facebook to unlock user data  —  Google chief executive Larry Page appears on PBS show “Charlie Rose” this evening at 11 p.m. local time.  —  In the show, Page addresses a wide range of topics, starting with today's surprising news …
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 …
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.
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 up to $1 million in damage resulting from a booking.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Are You a Human replaces annoying CAPTCHAs with games  —  Websites need to verify that a visitor is a real person and not an automated bot.  But the CAPTCHA test that they came up with — where you have to type in the word that you see in a blurry distorted font image — is extremely annoying and often leads to multiple failures.
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 …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
A New Home for Computer Screens: The Face  —  Wearable Glasses Showing Turn-by-Turn Driving Directions, or Displaying Email and Text Messages, Could be the Future  —  Employees at eyeglasses designer Michael Pachleitner Group have no reason to consult desktop computers …
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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Machinima Gets $35M In Funding, Led By Google  —  After being first reported by AllThingsD, online video creator Machinima confirmed Monday that it has closed a $35 million funding round led by Google, which also included existing investors Redpoint Ventures and MK Capital.
Vlad Bobleanta / Unwired View:
Samsung Galaxy S III (i9300) pre-orders start at Amazon, yours for $799.99, shipping on May 29  —  If you're in the US and are dying to get your hands on a Samsung Galaxy S III, Amazon has come to your rescue.  However, you do have to shell out quite a large sum for the privilege …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Obama, Clinton pay tribute to Steve Jobs at the Webbys  —  A star-studded tribute to Steve Jobs at Webby Awards  —  Nearly a dozen celebrities, politicians and tech luminaries paid tribute to late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs at today's annual Webby awards show.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Amazon Appstore's Test Drive try before you buy feature now available on Android phones  —  When Amazon's Appstore initially appeared on the Android scene last year, one of its most innovative features was a Test Drive virtual machine that let users try out apps for free from their desktop …
Joe Moreno / Mea Vita:
Upside Down Apple Logo  —  Sometimes, even the science and studies can be wrong.  Not because of an error, but because you didn't dig deep enough.  —  About a dozen years ago we had some discussions at Apple about the placement of the logo on the back of Apple's laptops.
Joanna Stern / ABC News:
ooVoo: 12-Way Video Calling Comes to Facebook and the iPad  —  Skype and FaceTime might be the household names when it comes to video calling these days, but ooVoo doesn't want that to be the case for much longer.  —  The video chat service announced today that it's bringing its 12 …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Chatter To Add Instant Messaging and Screensharing  —  The team behind Salesforce.com's enterprise social networking app Chatter is making a big push for real-time communication with two new features — Chatter Messenger and Chatter Screensharing.

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