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May 30, 2012, 11:05 AM

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Tim Cook On Apple's (Tumultuous) Relationship With Facebook, “Stay Tuned”  —  When asked onstage at D10 about what could be done about the lack of Facebook integration on iOS despite Facebook's formidable 900 million users and Apple's partnership with the much smaller social network Twitter …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Cook Reveals More Details About Apple's Product Naming Policies, And Yes, The ‘S’ Stands For Siri  —  Apple's product naming polices can be somewhat confusing and arbitrary: And today an audience member at the D10 conference called Apple CEO Tim Cook out on the somewhat bizarre nomenclature …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Places Is Over, Company Makes Google+ The Center Of Gravity For Local Search  —  When Google+ and Google+ Pages for business were introduced a little less than a year ago many people in the local search arena began anticipating the day when Google would merge or integrate Google Places and Google+ Pages.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Salesforce Set to Snap Up Facebook Friend Buddy Media for More Than $800 Million  —  Enterprise, meet social: Cloud-computing pioneer Salesforce.com is close to a deal to acquire Buddy Media, the five-year-old company that helps brands manage their Facebook presence.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype's present is secure, its future is not  —  It has been over six months since Microsoft officially became an owner of Skype, one of the biggest communication services in the world.  The company has been growing quietly, thanks to its “Skype everywhere” strategy.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Apple Store now selling Nest Learning Thermostat for $249.95  —  It turns out the rumors were true: Apple has begun selling the Nest Learning Thermostat in its online store for $249.95.  It's the second large retail expansion for Nest in the past 24 hours, with the company announcing Canadian availability …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Wasting Time Is New Divide in Digital Era  —  In the 1990s, the term “digital divide” emerged to describe technology's haves and have-nots.  It inspired many efforts to get the latest computing tools into the hands of all Americans, particularly low-income families.  —  Those efforts have indeed shrunk the divide.
More: Gawker
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Google: Search Activity Rising Following Revamp  —  Google said it has seen a noticeable increase in activity on its vaunted Web-search in the two weeks since the company began one of the biggest search transformations in its history.  —  People doing Web searches now see a big box …
Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
Netflix agrees to delete data on ex-customers  —  Turns out that nobody has to know about that copy of Bad Girls of Red Light District 6: The Extended Cut you rented from Netflix just over a year ago.  —  U.S. District Court papers filed Friday revealed greater detail as to how Netflix settled …
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
How Twitter Beat Facebook At Its Own Story  —  On the day Facebook went public, all eyes were on its biggest competitor.  Those hazy months when the IPO was just a rumor, the giddy days and hours before the market opened, the hilariously chaotic trading period, the ensuing backlash …
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Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
The Case for Facebook  —  Let's not let 10 days of share price fluctuation blind us to Facebook's unprecedented accomplishments.  Consider this a skeptic's guide to the bull case for the social network.  —  Facebook just had modern history's worst IPO and it's down again today by some percentage that will be quoted endlessly.
More: TechCrunch
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Google Nexus tablet appears in benchmarks, appears to run on quad-core Tegra 3  —  ASUS's seven-inch MeMo tablet has just ducked under the FCC's gates, but some benchmark results for a purported Google and ASUS team-up could tally with the same device.  According to the listing …
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.
BBC:
Iran ‘finds fix’ for sophisticated Flame malware  —  The sophistication of Flame helped it avoid detection by security software  —  Iran says it has developed tools that can defend against the sophisticated cyber attack tool known as Flame.  —  The country is believed to have been hit hard …
More: CNET and Gizmodo UK
Lisa Rapaport / Bloomberg:
Hewlett-Packard Promotes Veghte To COO, Kadifa To Lead Software  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) has elevated Bill Veghte to chief operating officer and named George Kadifa executive vice president of the company's software business.  —  Kadifa will report directly to Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman …
More: GigaOM and HP
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Educational games maker Mindshapes raises $4 million from Index, others  —  London-based app development startup Mindshapes, which is behind a series of educational games and applications, has secured $4 million in funding from VC firm Index Ventures, Richmond Park Partners and existing investors.
Roberto Baldwin / Wired:
Sergey Brin Finally Lets Someone Else Wear Google Glass  —  Google's co-founder manipulates the Google Glass touch pad.  Image Capture: Current TV  —  Sergey Brin has once again hit the town with Project Glass — but this time he let someone else wear Google's augmented reality headset.

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