Tech 2.0 for Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 5/15/2013 2:37 pm

It sounded almost too good to be true. In early 2012, the three men were offering people the chance to buy Facebook stock just as the company was to go public. Turns out that, according to prosecutors, the offer was too good to be true. They claim the men had no connection to the stock or to Facebook. And now the men are charged with defrauding a potential investor out of nearly $7 million. Federal prosecutors in Newark, New Jersey have charged the three men with wire fraud conspiracy. All three men appeared in court Tuesday. Their lawyers did no comment to news reporters who were on hand.

We haven't heard a whole lot from Google CEO Larry Page lately. And that's because he can't talk. He has disclosed that he has a problem with his vocal cords that makes it hard for him to both speak and breathe. But he insists he is fit enough to keep running the Internet's most influential company. Page lost his voice a year ago. He says doctors haven't been able to fully diagnose why his vocal cords are giving him so much trouble, though he has been able to speak -- albeit raspily -- at recent earnings calls.

Apple's iTunes is closing in on a milestone, its 50-billionth app download. Apple will surprise the lucky downloader with a $10,000 app store gift card. The next 50 people will get $500 gift cards. And, if you're hoping to win the prize, iTunes has a countdown ticker on its website, so you can try to time it in your favor. The winner is expected to be named today.

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