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June 4, 2012, 12:25 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Explores Access for Younger Kids  —  Facebook Inc. is developing technology that would allow children younger than 13 years old to use the social-networking site under parental supervision, a step that could help the company tap a new pool of users for revenue but also inflame privacy concerns.
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Done deal: Salesforce.com buys Buddy Media for $689m in cash and shares  —  Salesforce.com has finally confirmed that it has acquired social media marketing company Buddy Media for nearly $700 million in cash and shares ($689 million to be exact).  —  Early rumors about the purchase …
Michael Lazerow / Buddy Media:
New Beginnings  —  Mary Dedinsky, my newswriting professor at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, taught me early on to not bury the lead.  So here I go:  —  Kass and I have agreed to sell Buddy Media to salesforce.com.  —  Now that that's over, let me tell you a story …
Jeremy Allaire / AllThingsD:
Apple Television, AirPlay and Why the iPad Is the New TV Apps Platform  —  Ever since the publication of Walter Issacson's biography on Steve Jobs where he cites Steve as saying that he and Apple had “cracked the code” on TV, there has been insane speculation about Apple's purported forthcoming TV products and strategy.
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
ASUS Transformer AiO official: all-in-one PC dual-boots Android and Windows 8  —  ASUS has managed to keep a tight lid on its Computex 2012 lineup, but it left no doubt about this: it was on the verge of announcing a dual OS (and possibly dual form factor) device capable of running both Android and Windows.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Verizon's Galaxy S III preorders begin June 6th, start at $199.99  —  Verizon Wireless on Monday became the first wireless carrier in the United States to announced launch details for Samsung's next-generation flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III.  The nation's No.1 carrier has confirmed …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Exclusive: Instapaper for Android launches (hands-on)  —  While there are several places where Instapaper for Android falls short, there are a few places where Android really lets Marco Arment's concept spread its wings.  While Arment has done his best on iOS to incorporate sharing articles …
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Acer unveils 11.6-inch Iconia W700, 10.1-inch W510 Windows 8 tablets (update: hands-on pictures and video)  —  And the flood of Windows tablets begins!  With only four months or so to go before Microsoft finalizes the OS, we had a feeling Computex 2012 would bring lots of Win8 devices, and it looks like we won't be disappointed.
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Don't Mean To Be Alarmist, But The TV Business May Be Starting To Collapse  —  In the first decade of the commercial Internet—the 1990s and early 2000s—there were frequent murmurings that newspapers were screwed.  —  The digital audience didn't read newspapers, people pointed out.  They visited web sites.
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Dan Ackerman / CNET:
Sony's new Vaio laptops revealed  —  The latest refresh of Sony's iconic Vaio laptop line is dominated by the company's first entry in the growing ultrabook category.  —  But, looking at the new Vaio T, you might think, “Doesn't Sony already have an ultrathin laptop?”
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
The Oracle v. Google aftermath  —  Two Google lawyers reflect on the case: APIs stay free, cost of business soars.  —  The Oracle v. Google patent and copyright trial is over, resulting in definitive wins for Google on both fronts.  Ars interviewed two Google attorneys—general counsel Kent Walker …
Nick Peers / BetaNews:
Firefox 13 arrives with major new features — get it NOW!  —  Ahead of its official release, Mozilla has uploaded Firefox 13 FINAL to its servers, the latest version of its open-source, cross-platform web browser.  Version 13 will be officially unveiled on June 5, when it should also become available …
Mike Lennon / SecurityWeek:
Microsoft Certificate Was Used to Sign “Flame” Malware  —  Microsoft: Techniques Used By Flame Could Be Used By Less Sophisticated Attackers to Launch Widespread Attacks  —  On Sunday, Microsoft reached out to customers and notified the public that it had discovered unauthorized digital certificates that …
Michael Carney / PandoDaily:
Eventup Adds Chicago, Closes $1.8 Million Round  —  With a cool $1.8 million in hand courtesy of its newly closed seed financing, online event space marketplace Eventup is thinking beyond venue discovery and booking services.  It is also announcing Chicago as its newest market.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Motif lets people turn ideas into investments  —  Hardeep Walia, former GM of enterprise services at Microsoft was sitting around a few years ago with his friend Tariq Hilaly, a hedge fund analyst, batting around interesting investment ideas.  But Walia realized that while he had a lot …
New York Times:
Cyberweapon Warning From a Computer Security Expert  —  MOSCOW — When Eugene Kaspersky, the founder of Europe's largest antivirus company, discovered the Flame virus that is afflicting computers in Iran and the Middle East, he recognized it as a technologically sophisticated virus that only a government could create.

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