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June 4, 2012, 10:25 PM

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Michael Gorman / Engadget:
Microsoft's SmartGlass gets official: app brings AirPlay-esque streams to Android, iOS and Windows Phone  —  Microsoft may not be introducing a next-gen console at E3 this year, but it is teaching its venerable Xbox 360 some new tricks.  SmartGlass brings AirPlay-style wireless technology …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 and WebProNews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Facebook Bringing Its Mobile News Feed Redesign To the Web, With Larger Photos And Text  —  If you liked the larger photos that Facebook introduced to its mobile news feed last month, here's some good news: It's bringing a similar redesign to its Web interface.
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
HTC joins Sony as a maker of PlayStation certified handsets, PlayStation Suite is now PlayStation Mobile  —  Thought Sony's E3 2012 presser would be about a next-gen console?  Well, sorry to disappoint you, but that doesn't mean there's no news on the PlayStation front …
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's to lose,” said one person close to the situation.
Matthew Prince / CloudFlare blog:
The Four Critical Security Flaws that Resulted in Last Friday's Hack  —  A core value CloudFlare is that security information should be shared between organizations to make the entire Internet safer.  That is how CloudFlare's systems work: if one site is attacked, data about that attack …
Steve Stecklow / Reuters:
Exclusive: Iranian cell-phone carrier obtained banned U.S. tech  —  (Reuters) - A fast-growing Iranian mobile-phone network managed to obtain sophisticated U.S. computer equipment despite sanctions that prohibit sales of American technology to Iran, interviews and documents show.
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
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
RIM's Stock Hits Single Digits  —  Research In Motion's yearlong slide into the abyss quickened Monday as its stock price fell below $10 for the first time in nearly a decade.  —  Dragged down by RIM's announcement on May 29 that it's gearing up to report a quarterly loss and has hired …
More: Macgasm and WebProNews
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
EA Building Up Its Facebook Empire — This Time With SimCity Social  —  Electronic Arts is hoping to hit the restart button this year on its Facebook strategy by bringing one of its biggest brands to the social network.  —  “We have high aspirations and high hopes for this one,” said Jami Laes …
Google Analytics Blog:
[New Feature]: Conduct Browser-Size Analysis Within Google Analytics  —  We're pleased to announce a new tool for optimizing your site's content: browser-size analysis, which is part of the In-Page Analytics report.  —  Browser Size  —  Today's visitors to websites are using an ever-growing number of devices.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon acquires 62-year-old publisher Avalon Books  —  Amazon has acquired Avalon Books, a small publisher that focuses on hardcover mystery, “wholesome” romance and Westerns, and will make its titles available digitally for the first time.  (Don't confuse Avalon Books with Avalon Publishing Group, which Perseus bought in 2007.)

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