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May 22, 2012, 3:35 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 …
Business Week:
It's Official: Google Is Now a Hardware Company  —  Last August, Google (GOOG) Chief Executive Officer Larry Page fulfilled a pledge made to one of his senior executives, a square-jawed former attorney named Dennis Woodside.  Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook had been trying to poach Woodside …
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.
Reuters:
Facebook shares drop again as SEC, FINRA call for review  —  (Reuters) - Facebook's shares fell sharply again on Tuesday and two top U.S. financial regulators called for a review of the circumstances surrounding its troubled initial public offering last week.
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.
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 …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
AmEx to Offer a Prepaid Debit Card That Rewards Users in FarmVille Cash  —  American Express and Zynga are rolling out a rewards program today that will allow players to earn virtual currency when they spend money in the real world.  —  FarmVille fans willing to jump through a number of hoops …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Fairfax News:
Startup Act 2.0 Aims to Jumpstart the Economy  —  U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and three colleagues today introduced bipartisan legislation, Startup Act 2.0, to help jumpstart the economy through the creation and growth of new businesses and jobs.  It is based upon research showing …
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 …
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Someone Is Asking The USPTO To Invalidate Zuckerberg's News Feed Patent, But Yahoo Says Not Us  —  One idea floated when Ross Levinsohn took the reins as the interim CEO of Yahoo is that he might represent a kinder, gentler phase in the Internet company's contentious patent fight against Facebook.
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Zimride launches mobile real time ride sharing via Lyft  —  Booking a lift via car ride sharing startup Zimride can be a good option for a long trip that you schedule in advance (think hitching a ride to San Francisco to L.A.) But what about if you want to catch a ride right now?
Kenneth Wong / Bloomberg:
SAP Agrees to Buy Ariba  —  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, whose board of directors …
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Andreessen Horowitz's Jeff Jordan: Are Companies Building On Top Of Facebook Really Growing Or Just “Spam?”  —  This morning at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2012, TechCrunch editor Eric Eldon sat down for a fireside chat with Jeff Jordan, General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz and former CEO of OpenTable …
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.

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