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May 29, 2012, 2:15 PM

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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.
Forbes:
A boo.com Moment?  Facebook's IPO Faceplant, Carnage in Social Media Stocks  —  The Facebook (FB) fiasco has spooked a lot of tech investors, especially those holding shares of recently-launched social media companies with similarly unproven earnings streams.
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 …
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Is Yandex behind Facebook's rumored Face.com deal?  —  Facebook's apparent interest in Israeli image recognition startup Face.com could rely on an unexpected partner — the Russian search engine Yandex, according to reports.  —  Rumors that Mark Zuckerberg is interested in purchasing …
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.
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.
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Bitly Launches New Bookmarking Features, Profiles, Search & iPhone App  —  Link shortener Bitly today launched a major redesign and number of new features that all add up to what the company itself calls “a new Bitly.”  Among these new features are ‘bitmarks,’ Bitly's name for its new bookmarking features …
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 …
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Google Wallet: one year later  —  The rumors and leaks go back a bit further, but it was a year ago today that Google officially revealed its Google Wallet mobile payment service — a platform that the company is still betting big on, even if it may be slightly reconsidering the way it does business.
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Rumored images of Apple's 3D Maps for iOS 6 leak  —  Earlier this month reports surfaced that Apple was preparing an updated Maps app for iOS 6, which would include a focus on 3D.  And while we still don't know for sure what the company is up to, BGR is adding some fuel to the fire …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
F50: A Different Kind Of Tech Conference  —  Faster than you can say “Can I borrow your copy of ‘How To Win Friends And Influence People,’” it's tech conference season again.  There hasn't been a week during the month of May where I haven't attended a tech conference or traveled to something tech conference-related.
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Tarleton Gillespie / limn:
Can an Algorithm be Wrong?  —  How do we know if we are where it's at?  Tarleton Gillespie explores the controversy over Twitter Trends and the algorithmic ‘censorship’ of #occupywallstreet.  Throughout the Occupy Wall Street protests, participants and supporters used Twitter (among other tools) …
More: GigaOM
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 …

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