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May 19, 2012, 10:25 AM

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Facebook's IPO Sputters  —  Underwriters Forced to Prop Up IPO of Social Network; Only a 23-Cent Rise  —  Facebook Inc. took eight years to stage one of the most anticipated initial public offerings ever.  The anticlimax came Friday, as Wall Street bankers struggled to prevent …
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Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
Why Did Zynga's Stock Drop After Facebook Went Public?  —  Believe it or not, other stocks besides Facebook traded on Friday.  Although Zynga probably wishes it wasn't one of them.  —  While Facebook's much-ballyhooed IPO didn't pop, Zynga's stock went cliff-diving.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Windows 8's desktop UI changes unveiled  —  If you have been following Windows 8 for any amount of time, you must have run across the Building Windows 8 Blog, the official organ of the Windows team.  It is not for massive, Internet-bending pieces of non-fiction that pack in enough context …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
The story of the ‘secret’ room at Pixar, frequented by Steve Jobs and many other celebrities  —  Truthfully, I thought everyone knew about the ‘Lucky 7 Lounge’.  It's a secret room at Pixar that's really not so secret now.  But I took a quick poll of some friends and coworkers and drew a blank, so here goes.
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Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Motorola Droid RAZR and RAZR Maxx getting Android 4.0 in Q2, Bionic in Q3  —  Motorola has updated its timeline for Ice Cream Sandwich updates for a number of devices, several of which should see Android 4.0 within the next few months.  In the US, both the Droid RAZR and RAZR Maxx are expected …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple files for immediate Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban in the United States after partially successful appeal  —  At 8 PM local California time on Friday, Apple filed a motion for a U.S. preliminary injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1.  The motion is based on a ruling by the Court of Appeals …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
ITC orders import ban against Motorola Android devices that infringe a Microsoft patent  —  The United States International Trade Commission ("USITC", or just “ITC") today ordered an import ban against all Android-based Motorola Mobility devices that infringe a particular Microsoft patent …
Nick Wingfield / Bits:
Closure in Disappearance of Computer Scientist  —  Just over five years ago, Jim Gray, a computer scientist then working for Microsoft, vanished with his sailboat somewhere in the waters off in San Francisco beyond the Golden Gate Bridge.  Because no trace of Dr. Gray or his boat, Tenacious …
More: TechFlash
Dan Rowinski / ReadWriteWeb:
Computer Programming for All: A New Standard of Literacy  —  Everyone ought to be able to read and write; few people within the global mainstream would argue with that statement.  But should everyone be able to program computers?  The question is becoming critically important …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
SceneTap Interview: San Francisco's Least Welcome Start-Up Explains Itself (Video)  —  Late yesterday afternoon, I was supposed to meet SceneTap CEO Cole Harper at a bar in San Francisco, so I could get an in-person view of his company's nightlife monitoring system that was set to debut today at various local venues.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Facebook buys Karma app  —  The newly public Facebook says it is buying Karma, a mobile social gifting app.  The news was released via Karma's blog.  As we first posted, Karma was founded by Lee Linden and Ben Lewis who in their past life were co-founders of Tapjoy, that was acquired …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
GameStop To Sell SIM Cards  —  GameStop is hurting.  Same store sales fell 5%-11% and revenue was down 17% to $2 billion.  Profit fell to $72.5 million.  Arguably, those are still huge numbers and presumably a new console refresh should push the company out of the doldrums.

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