By WRAL Tech Wire

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Some of the latest high-tech and life science related news from the Triangle, North Carolina, the southeast, and the world is just a click away.

• According to multiple sources close to the company, Facebook is eyeing IPO on May 17, depending on whether the SEC agrees that all the reams of paperwork (including those concerning its recent acquisition of Instagram) are in order. This is in line with earlier reports that the company was going to hit NASDAQ during the third week of May. Read more details here.

• Microsoft will announce its third quarter earnings for its 2012 fiscal year on Thursday. This year is going to be a crucial year for Microsoft as it will see the launch of Windows 8, the beta launch of Office 15, and decide the fate of Windows Phone, which has hardly seen any significant traction since its launch. Read more details here.

• Although Intel hasn’t announced when exactly its next-gen 22nm Ivy Bridge-based processors will be hitting the market, rumors suggest the release is just around the corner. Now a leaked Lenovo product roadmap further pinpoints that the laptop implementation called Chief River will be available by at least June 5, when Lenovo is expecting to see its first Ivy Bridge laptops go on sale. Read more details here.

• One of the FBI’s top cyber experts has joined a new company, CrowdStrike, which bills itself as a “stealth-mode security start-up.” Amid the established field, CrowdStrike is taking a ninja approach to help companies in their “pursuit of the enemy.” Read more details here.

• Zynga’s immensely popular Draw Something just got a bunch of new features that fans of the game have been clamoring about since its launch. Read more details here.