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June 8, 2012, 9:10 PM

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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Apple to Release New Tracking Tool for App Developers  —  Apple Inc. is planning to release a new way for mobile app developers to track who uses their software, according to people briefed on Apple's plans, the company's latest attempt to balance developers' appetite for targeting data with consumers' unease over how it is used.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple WWDC preview: What the analysts are saying  —  Is Wall Street expecting AAPL to get a post-conference bounce?  You be the judge.  —  Prepping the Moscone Center.  Photo: CNET  —  FORTUNE — Apple's (AAPL) World Wide Developers Conference — its only remaining public event …
Amit Singhal / Google Public Policy Blog:
Setting the record straight: competition in search  —  Search is about helping people find the right answers to their questions when and where they need them.  We work hard every day to figure out the most useful results for our users, and we're working to create new and better ways to answer your questions.
Ian Paul / PC World:
Facebook App Center: Hands On  —  Here is a first look at Facebook's App Center, the social network's take on an app store offering a centralized place to find more than 600 Facebook and Facebook-related apps.  —  Facebook recently launched App Center, the social network's take on an app store offering …
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
U.N. could tax U.S.-based Web sites, leaked docs show  —  The United Nations is considering a new Internet tax targeting the largest Web content providers, including Google, Facebook, Apple, and Netflix, that could cripple their ability to reach users in developing nations.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Microsoft details how it's improving Windows 8's movie and music players  —  Microsoft is promising that Windows 8 will look and sound better than its predecessor on any hardware because of a series of tweaks it's made to the operating system.  In an extensive blog post …
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Whopping .038% of Facebook users vote on data use policy change  —  Facebook's grudging institution of a vote fizzles, as the site hoped it would.  —  Facebook closed the vote on its new data use policy and new statement of rights and responsibilities Friday, with a paltry 342,632 ballots cast as of a minute before closing.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Retina-ready apps begin to appear in Apple's Mac App Store ahead of WWDC  —  Apps on Apple's Mac App Store are beginning to be updated with Retina-ready graphics, ready for the rumoured launch of new high-resolution Mac Retina Displays.  —  Approved this morning, Mac App Store tool Folderwatch …
Reuters:
Insight: Intel's plans for virtual TV come into focus  —  (Reuters) - Intel is counting on facial-recognition technology for targeted ads and a team of veteran entertainment dealmakers to win over reluctant media partners for its new virtual television service.
Evan Rodgers / The Verge:
Dropbox app for Android updated with streaming video support  —  Dropbox released its 2.1.4 update for Android 4.0 yesterday, bringing with it video streaming and Korean language support.  Streaming a video is simple in execution — you just select one within Dropbox and it will begin playing rather than presenting a download prompt.
Christian Zibreg / iDownloadBlog.com:
Apple Campus 2 plans show massive underground auditorium for pressers and exhibitions  —  The City of Cupertino has released a new set of high-resolution technical drawings for Apple's upcoming ring-shaped Campus 2 facility.  The official documents depict the iSpaceship building …
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Enterprise Cloud Security Firm Qualys Files For $100 Million IPO  —  The initial public offering fever that seemed to be sweeping over the tech industry has cooled noticeably in the weeks since Facebook's much-buzzed-about (and potentially botched) stock market debut.  But it's not a deep freeze in IPO land quite yet.
More: VentureBeat and Reuters
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Trust Us, Facebook Ads Do Work: Comscore Study Out Next Week  —  Facebook is understandably unexcited about the “Facebook ads don't work” meme.  They'll try turning that around next week, armed with a new study from Comscore.  —  The online measurement company put up a brief preview of the report on Thursday, via a blog post.
Eric Savitz / Forbes:
Logitech Cutting 450 Jobs As Part Of Restructuring Plan  —  Logitech late yesterday said it is cutting 450 jobs, or about 13% of its worldwide workforce, as part of a previously announced cost reduction program.  The company said it will take about $35 million in pre-tax charges in the current fiscal year in connection with the cuts.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Crypto breakthrough shows Flame was designed by world-class scientists  —  The spy malware achieved an attack unlike any cryptographers have seen before.  —  An overview of a chosen-prefix collision  —  Marc Stevens  —  The Flame espionage malware that infected computers …

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