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May 29, 2012, 3:25 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.
Amazon.com:
Amazon Instant Video Now Available on Xbox 360, with Access to ‘Your Video Library’ and Prime Instant Video  —  Customers can now watch the latest movies and TV episodes on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and use Kinect for Xbox 360 to find and play videos with the wave of a hand or sound of their voice
Yusuf Mehdi / TechNet Blogs:
Xbox Beyond the Box  —  Next week, the Xbox team heads to Los Angeles for E3.  Having recently joined the team, I have the benefit of fresh perspective, and one of the things that has struck me is the amount of opportunities we have ahead.  —  Before joining Xbox, I had the fortune …
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:
Robin Sloan:
Pictures and vision  —  Okay, I'm going to argue that the futures of Facebook and Google are pretty much totally embedded in these two images: The first one you know.  What you might not know is just how completely central photos are to Facebook's product, and by extension its whole business.
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 …
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.
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
As Zynga's stock lockup ends, Game Closure steals a mobile game expert  —  Zynga's lockup on the ability for employees to sell stock in the aftermath of its initial public offering expires today.  That may explain why a smaller company, Game Closure, has been able to recruit a prominent mobile gaming expert from Zynga.
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 …
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 …

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