May 29, 2012, 12:30 PM

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Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Microsoft at Work on Meshing Its Products With Skype  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — By some measures, Tony Bates has accomplished a lot at Skype since Microsoft paid $8.5 billion for the Internet calling service.  —  The statistics tell the story.  In seven months, the number of people using …
Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
Facebook shares fall below $30 as US authorities begin investigation into IPO  —  Shares continue to slump on Wall Street as lawsuits against founder Mark Zuckerberg allege company misled investors  —  Facebook's shares dipped below $30 Tuesday as the company's shares hit new lows and continued …
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch: Is Definitely Being Acquired By Facebook Say Sources  —  The purchase of by Facebook is happening and is a done deal, say multiple TechCrunch sources.  —  Those familiar with the matter have confirmed the price will be $100m, as per the media speculation in the last few days.
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Is Yandex behind Facebook's rumored deal?  —  Facebook's apparent interest in Israeli image recognition startup could rely on an unexpected partner — the Russian search engine Yandex, according to reports.  —  Rumors that Mark Zuckerberg is interested in purchasing …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Photos: Black and white next-gen metal iPhone backs, mini-dock, taller screen, moved earphone jack present  —  Earlier today, we posted the first image of the back plate for the next-generation iPhone, and now we have received several more images that are very high-resolution.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy S III launches in 28 countries, to be available in 145 by July  —  Although some retailers are saying they don't expect to have inventory right away, Samsung is officially claiming that it has launched the Galaxy S III in 28 countries today.  That's a massive launch …
Michael Mace / MobileOpportunity:
Fear and Loathing and Windows 8  —  I was very excited when I saw the first demos of Windows 8.  After years of settling for mediocre incremental improvements in its core products, Microsoft finally was ready to make bold changes to Windows, something I thought it had to do to stay relevant in computing.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Prototype Original iPad with Dual Dock Connectors Surfaces  —  Ever since its initial introduction in early 2010, the iPad has offered a single dock connector oriented in portrait mode.  But a rumor just prior to that introduction had indicated that the device would include …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Sweet irony: EU imposes cookie law, ignores own rules  —  On all European Union institution websites, you will be lucky to find a single page that asks the visitor for permission to set cookies.  But they're using them all the same.  —  The ‘cookie law’ requires any company …
Graham Spencer / MacStories:
Apple Posts Initial WWDC 2012 Schedule, Releases Official App  —  With less than two weeks to go until WWDC 2012 kicks off, Apple has this morning released the conference schedule as well as the official iOS app and some guides for the conference goers.  Developers who were lucky enough …
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
RIM Writedown Risked With $1 Billion Inventory: Corporate Canada  —  Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM)'s stockpiles of BlackBerry smartphones and PlayBook tablets have swollen by two-thirds in the past year because of slumping sales, raising the chances of the company's third writedown since December.

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