May 30, 2012, 12:25 PM

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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 …
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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.
Zagat goes free with launch of Google+ Local  —  Since Google bought Zagat last September for a reported $151 million, the company hasn't done much with Zagat's local content.  That changes today with the rollout of Google+ Local, which incorporates Zagat scores and summaries into its listings …
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 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Salesforce Set to Snap Up Facebook Friend Buddy Media for More Than $800 Million  —  Enterprise, meet social: Cloud-computing pioneer is close to a deal to acquire Buddy Media, the five-year-old company that helps brands manage their Facebook presence.
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.
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Mary Meeker Explains the Mobile Monetization Challenge  —  Looming over the Internet industry is the mismatch between the growth in mobile usage and mobile monetization.  —  Most recently, it was the risk factor that helped take down Facebook's ill-fated IPO roadshow, when the company warned …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
That's Amore: Has Apple Bought Italian Music Editing Startup Redmatica?  —  Everyone is focused on what hardware product Apple might launch next, but out of Italy comes reported news of a software development: the company has bought Redmatica, a small startup that specializes in digital music-editing apps.
Billy Chasen / chilly:
Facebook's Cognitive Dissonance with Sharing  —  Two philosophies  —  One of Facebook's core philosophies is that a user's privacy is paramount.  Part of that privacy is the data you create by browsing Facebook is never shown to other users.  You'll never see a newsfeed story that says, “Joe viewed your profile 1,024 times.”
Dan Webb / Twitter Engineering:
Improving performance on  —  To connect you to information in real time, it's important for Twitter to be fast.  That's why we've been reviewing our entire technology stack to optimize for speed.  —  When we shipped #NewTwitter in September 2010, we built it around …
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 …
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 …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Badgeville raises $25M, shows gamification has legs  —  While skeptics still scoff at the term gamification, Badgeville keeps gaining the trust of big companies and investors, who believe in its power.  Badgeville announced Wednesday it raised $25 million in a round led by Interwest Partners …
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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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
WiFi, cellular data to account for 60% of all Internet traffic by 2016  —  Cellular's share of worldwide Internet traffic will increase fivefold.  —  WiFi will account for more than half of all Internet traffic by 2016, and cellular data will grow by leaps and bounds to take a 10 percent share, according to Cisco.
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.
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 …
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 …

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