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May 22, 2012, 12:15 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.
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.
Jason D. O'Grady / ZDNet:
TiVo streaming coming to iOS this summer  —  TiVo fans rejoice!  Streaming from the original DVR is finally coming to iOS devices like the iPad and iPhone this summer.  —  During the 2012 NCTA Cable Show which opened today in Boston TiVo announced two new devices.
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.
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 …
More: 9to5Google
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.
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.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Juniper Networks Invests In Video Conferencing Startup Vidyo, Bringing Total Funding To $97M  —  Video conferencing startup Vidyo announced Tuesday that it has received a strategic investment from Juniper Networks as part of the network equipment vendor's Junos Innovation Fund.
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 …
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.
Chris Dixon:
Four types of mobile apps  —  If you are a founder trying to create a new mobile app or an investor trying decide whether an app has enduring value, it is helpful to separate the ways that people use apps into four categories.  —  1. Time wasters: Apps that can be used for short bursts when you are waiting in line, etc.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Nuance launches in-car voice-activated platform  —  Summary: Nuance has launched a ‘Siri for cars’ — a new voice-activated in-car system — that includes Nuance's trademark ‘intelligent’ natural language search technology.  —  Nuance, the leading voice recognition software company, today announced an in-car natural language system.
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 …
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.
Erin Griffith / PandoDaily:
Bootstrapped GitHub Raising a Round from Andreessen Horowitz  —  Github is nearing a close on a round of venture funding from Andreessen Horowitz, according to sources familiar with the situation.  —  The popular social network for programmers and code host has famously bootstrapped itself up to this point.
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