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May 29, 2012, 4:25 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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google launches Chromebook, Chromebox & gets it right  —  We often joke Google is like the old Microsoft — getting things right, bumbling its way into new markets, and getting things right on the third try.  This seems to be quite true of Google's efforts to develop a cloud PC.
David Pierce / The Verge:
New Samsung Chromebook & Chromebox review: Chrome OS grows up  —  2012 is the year of Chrome OS — or so we're told.  When we spoke with Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome, he told us that this is the culmination of “a long, slow march” for Google's cloud-based operating system.
Dee Gill / 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
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
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 …
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.
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Samsung Music Hub: Samsung's streaming iTunes service debuts on Galaxy S3, has eyes on your TV and fridge  —  Samsung's new music service, Music Hub, plans to take on virtually every music service currently available from Spotify to iTunes, offering users the chance to listen to music …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
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.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Apple's Crystal Prison and the Future of Open Platforms  —  Two weeks ago, Steve Wozniak made a public call for Apple to open its platforms for those who wish to tinker, tweak and innovate with their internals.  —  EFF supports Wozniak's position: while Apple's products have many virtues …
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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 …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
The Truth About Those Brutal Descriptions Of Working Conditions At Square  —  Over on Q&A site Quora, several former Square employees have posted harsh descriptions of the working conditions at the booming mobile payments company founded and run by Jack Dorsey.

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