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June 4, 2012, 11:15 AM

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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.
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 …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
ASUS announces line of Transformer Books, laptops with detchable touchscreens  —  In addition to various Windows 8 tablets and hybrid devices, ASUS announced the Transformer Book, a line of laptops with detachable touch screens that can function as standalone slates.  —  Developing...
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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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 …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Readies New Local-Ad Assault  —  Google Inc. has repeatedly tried, and largely failed, to crack the market for local business advertising.  As early as next month, the Internet company will try anew, as it trains its largest-ever assault on the roughly $20 billion market.
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 …
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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