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May 29, 2012, 6:05 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.
Chip Cummins / Wall Street Journal:
RIM Hires J.P. Morgan, RBC for Strategic Review  —  TORONTO—Research In Motion Ltd. said it had hired investment bankers J.P. Morgan Securities and RBC Capital Markets to assist the company in reviewing business and financial performance, and it warned of a first quarter operating loss.
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.
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
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Has Lost About $35 Billion In Value Since IPO As Shares Dip Below $29  —  Pain, pain, and more pain for Facebook's stock.  Facebook sunk into the $20s for the first time today, declining about 9 percent as options trading started.  The decline also came a day after a third wave …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Face.com Is Definitely Being Acquired By Facebook Say Sources  —  The purchase of Face.com by Facebook is happening and is a done deal, say multiple TechCrunch sources.  —  Those familiar with the matter have confirmed the price will be $100m, as per the media speculation in the last few days.
Marie Mawad / Bloomberg:
Technicolor Dissects IPhones In Hunt For Patent Payoff  —  When Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s next iPhone hits store shelves, Technicolor SA (TCH)'s engineers will rush to get the handset — not to make calls or play games, but to rip it apart.  —  Technicolor, an unprofitable French company that invented …
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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.
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 …
Dan Webb / Twitter Engineering:
Improving performance on twitter.com  —  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 …
Evan Ackerman / Automaton:
Japanese MH-2 Shoulder Robot Wants To Be Your Friend, Literally  —  Nobody likes being alone, and Japanese researchers from Yamagata University are developing a robot to make sure you'll never have to be alone again: the MH-2 wearable miniature humanoid lives on your shoulder and can be remotely inhabited …
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.
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Facebook faces extended U.S. review of Instagram deal  —  (Reuters) - Facebook has received notice that U.S. antitrust regulators will give its proposed purchase of the popular photo-sharing app maker Instagram a lengthy investigation, an industry source told Reuters on Tuesday.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 8 Release Preview leaks out ahead of official debut  —  A Chinese edition of Microsoft's Windows 8 Release Preview, due in the first week of June, has leaked ahead of its official debut.  ISO files for an 8400 build of Windows 8 have been circulating on Chinese forums and bit torrent websites …
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 …

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