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May 9, 2012, 3:45 PM

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TechCrunch:
Status Update  —  So first thing's first: We're not being sold!  Instead, we've just hired a bunch of brilliant writers and a new COO.  Also, we've seen a resurgence of community support (with over a thousand people attending our NYC meetup last night, for example), are back around 12% …
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
HP unveils Envy Spectre XT Ultrabook, other thin-and-lights in various sizes  —  What's that?  You're hungry for more HP laptops?  Good!  Because we're not nearly done yet!  The company just expanded its line of Ultrabooks from two to five, and that's not even counting this guy.
Mark Milian / Bloomberg:
Zuckerberg's Hoodie a ‘Mark of Immaturity,’ Analyst Says  —  Mark Zuckerberg is known for having arrived late for a meeting with prospective investor Sequoia Capital and giving a less-than-serious pitch while wearing pajamas.  —  Now, as Facebook preps its initial public offering …
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
How Goldman Sachs Blew The Facebook IPO  —  IPOs are wildly profitable deals for Wall Street investment banks, and they come with huge bragging rights.  —  So it's no surprise that the biggest Wall Street banks fought over the Facebook IPO for years.  —  The inside story of the Facebook …
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Etsy Raises $40 Million for International Expansion  —  Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods, is getting a very non-D.I.Y. present.  —  On Wednesday, the company announced it was raising a $40 million Series F round in venture financing, from Index Ventures …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Nano-SIM update: Apple design modified to fix concerns, standard will be decided this month  —  We just spoke with SIM card maker (and pioneer) Giesecke & Devrient here at CTIA about progress on the creation of the 4FF standard — the so-called nano-SIM — over which Apple and Nokia have been warring in recent months.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple's next iPhone coming in September, 7-in. iPad launching in August - report  —  Pegatron has reportedly landed orders for Apple's next-generation iPhone, rumored to launch in September, while Foxconn will allegedly manufacture a new 7-inch iPad arriving in August.
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Foursquare Joins the Coupon Craze  —  Foursquare doesn't want to be another popular—but unprofitable—social network.  Its new plan to make money?  Personalized coupons.  —  The company, which lets users alert their friends to their location by “checking in” via smartphone from coffee shops …
Jamie Keene / The Verge:
Flipboard for Android leaks out for all to download  —  At the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III, one unexpected inclusion was the Flipboard app — supposedly exclusive to the handset for the first few months.  However, despite the fact that the Galaxy S III hasn't even been released yet …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
DDOS attack: Ustream down, Bambuser under heavy load  —  Updated.  Ustream has been unavailable this morning, and Bambuser has been under a heavy load of unusual traffic due to what looks like a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack against both live streaming providers.
Michael Degusta / Technology Review:
Are Smart Phones Spreading Faster than Any Technology in Human History?  —  Mobile computers are on track to saturate markets in the U.S. and the developing world in record time.  —  Today's technology scene seems overheated to some.  Apple is the most valuable company on earth.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Rovio Passes 1 Billion Angry Birds Downloads, Still Mulling IPO  —  Rovio released its first financial figures this week, but the company has not decided when, where or whether to go public.  —  “This is a decision of Rovio's owners if Rovio will file for IPO, when it would be and in what market,” CEO Mikael Hed told AllThingsD.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
How Amazon saved Zynga's butt—and why Zynga built a cloud of its own  —  Five years ago, the social gaming company Zynga was cruising along with a fairly standard IT infrastructure.  Servers were racked and stacked in a retail data center where Zynga rented space.
Vic Gundotra / The Official Google Blog:
Google+: a mobile app with sense and soul  —  Sharing is deeply sensory.  From cooking a favorite meal to getting together with friends, it's the smells and the stories and the smiles that make human connections so essential.  With Google+ we want to extend these moments online …
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Search engines have same speech rights as the New York Times, says Google report  —  Just as the New York Times can decide “All the News That's Fit to Print,” search engines have a free speech right to choose who or what to put in their search rankings.  —  That's the conclusion of a prominent …
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
BlackBerry Curve 9320 now official: BB OS 7.1, 2.44-inch display, BBM button  —  The 9320 has visited more countries during its short gestation than some phones get to see in their whole lives, but it's finally arrived.  The specs are pretty much what we guessed, with the socially-focused BB OS 7.1 onboard …
Erin Griffith / PandoDaily:
Adaptly's $10.5 Million Round Will Buy the Social Marketing Platform a Sales Force  —  It's easy to get stuck on the “great product, no sales” trap.  That' s not something New York-based Adaptly has to worry about.  The startup was on track to generate around $10 million in revenue last year, and that's with just one sales guy.
Bloomberg:
Deutsche Telekom Said to Discuss MetroPCS Deal for T-Mobile  —  Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) is discussing a merger of its T-Mobile USA unit with MetroPCS Communications Inc. (PCS) as it reviews options for the customer-losing business, according to people familiar with the matter.
More: CNET and TmoNews
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
AFP Back To Claiming That Twitter's Terms Of Service Allow It To Take And Sell Anyone's Twitpic Photos  —  Two years ago, we wrote about one of the most bizarre copyright lawsuits we've ever heard of.  News giant AFP (Agence France Presse) — for reasons that I still cannot begin to comprehend …
Peter Kaplan / Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Testifies on Efforts to Protect Consumer Privacy  —  Asks Congress to Encourage Industry to Continue Efforts on “Do Not Track” Tools  —  The Federal Trade Commission testified before Congress about the agency's efforts to protect consumer privacy, including the FTC's support for implementation of a …
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Instacanvas unveils online art gallery for Instagram photogs  —  Pushing forward the elevated idea of Instagram photographers as modern day artists, a startup called Instacanvas officially launches Tuesday to give IG photogs online galleries where they can display and sell their filtered square captures as art.

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