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June 4, 2012, 7:40 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Xbox Music service announced, coming to Xbox, Windows Phone, and Windows 8  —  We heard that Microsoft was planning to unveil its “Woodstock” Xbox Music service at E3 this week, and the company has revealed details on its plans today.  Yusuf Mehdi says Microsoft will release Xbox Music on Xbox, Windows 8, and Windows Phones.
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple to bring full Siri voice-assistant to the iPad with iOS 6: mockup and details  —  Siri on iPad mockup based on descriptions from sources  —  Come this fall, people will start talking to their iPads.  Apple's breakthrough Siri Assistant, based on an incredible artificial-intelligence system …
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Google Is Buying Meebo, The Online-Chat Startup That Reinvented Itself As An Ad Play  —  Google is buying Meebo, a company originally known for its Web-chat client.  —  Meebo subsequently introduced a new advertising format, the Meebo Bar, which is distributed on popular websites like EW.com.
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.
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Oracle sues to smash patent troll Lodsys  —  Oracle, it seems, is not one for irony.  Right after an epic court fight with Google in which it was accused of abusing its intellectual property, the software maker is now trying to dissolve another company's patents.
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.
Jimmy Lin / Twitter Engineering:
Studying rapidly evolving user interests  —  Twitter is an amazing real-time information dissemination platform.  We've seen events of historical importance such as the Arab Spring unfold via Tweets.  We even know that Twitter is faster than earthquakes!  However, can we more scientifically characterize …
More: GigaOM
Calob Horton / Pocketables:
Samsung Galaxy S III US launch date roundup  —  Question: what's better than one Samsung Galaxy S III?  Answer: five Samsung Galaxy S IIIs!  —  Five US national carriers - AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Verizon - announced today their plans for making the phone available on their respective networks.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Netflix Rolls Out Its Own CDN: Open Connect  —  Netflix announced today that it is rolling out a new content delivery network of its own, called Open Connect, which will reduce its costs of delivery and could improve delivery of its content.  But Open Connect isn't just about reducing …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon updates $79 Kindle, says it's now more like paper  —  Amazon just announced a software update for the $79 Kindle, the least-expensive of its dedicated e-readers, including changes that the company says will improve the experience of reading on the device.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Yahoo Board Hires Spencer Stuart for CEO Search  —  Yahoo's board has hired Spencer Stuart in yet another CEO search, although sources close to the company said that interim leader Ross Levinsohn is the prime candidate for the position at this point.  —  “It's Ross' to lose,” said one person close to the situation.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Corning launches slim, flexible ‘Willow Glass’ that can be wrapped around devices  —  With Gorilla Glass 2 and Lotus Glass already in production, Corning is today adding yet another glass to its portfolio with the launch of an ultra-slim and flexible substrate called Willow Glass.
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 …
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Google grows IP arsenal with mobile patents from Magnolia Broadband  —  In the tech industry, you're only as safe as your latest batch of patent procurements.  And Google, stuffed with billion dollar coffers, is only too happy to comply.  Neatly paired with its recently wrapped Motorola acquisition …
More: AllThingsD
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft promises a ‘sneak peek’ at the future of Windows Phone on June 20th  —  Microsoft previously announced its Windows Phone Developer Summit early last month, but the company didn't reveal exactly what it was planning to show.  We received an updated invitation today that hints Windows Phone 8 might be on the agenda.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Facebook in iOS 6: Integration is system-wide, ‘Liking’ of App Store apps present  —  Mockup of Facebook sharing in iPhone Photos app (thanks, Spencer Caldwell)  —  A few days ago, TechCrunch reported that Facebook will be integrated into iOS 6 in some fashion.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Square credit card readers now being sold at Walgreens, FedEx Office, and Staples  —  Mobile payments startup Square now offers its credit card reader for iOS and Android devices at many Walgreens, FedEx Office, and Staples stores across the U.S., the company announced today.
Julianne Pepitone / CNNMoney.com:
Groupon now worth less than the $6 billion Google offered  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Andrew Mason could probably use a Groupon for a massage, a beer, or some comfort food right about now.  —  His company's precipitous stock decline continued on Monday, sending Groupon's market cap below …

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