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May 29, 2012, 2:40 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.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
MongoDB database creator 10gen grabs a whopping $42M from NEA, Sequoia, others  —  10gen, the startup that created the popular MongoDB open-source data application, has raised a new $42 million round of funding to improve its data-harnessing technology and build out its team.
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 …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Sequoia Capital raising new funds  —  Venture firm seeks at least $1 billion.  —  FORTUNE — Sequoia Capital is back in the fund-raising market, with a series of venture capital vehicles designed to raise at least $1 billion (in aggregate).  My understanding is that one fund …
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.
John Cook / GeekWire:
Lockerz buys online fashion site Chick Approved  —  Lockerz continues to bolster its ranks through acquisitions, with the fast-growing Seattle social shopping company announcing that it has acquired online fashion community Chick Approved.  —  Chick Approved — founded by Jeff Turnbull …
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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 …
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 …
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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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Crowdsourced Flight Finder FlightFox Grabs $800K In Angel Funding, Joins YC's Latest Batch  —  Australian travel search FlightFox has a new take on how to surface the best airline deals, and now it has a round of angel funding and entry into top startup incubator Y Combinator, to go along with it.

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