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June 12, 2012, 11:10 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Apple Steps Up Rivalry With Google  —  Apple Inc. unveiled a series of software features for its mobile phones and computers Monday that place erstwhile partner Google Inc. squarely in its path.  —  Speaking at the company's annual developer conference in San Francisco …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Three Takeaways From Today's WWDC Keynote  —  1.  —  On the software side, Apple has — dare I say finally — become a company that can walk and chew gum at the same time.  Remember back in 2007 when Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) was delayed six months because, Apple flat-out admitted …
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
MacBook Pro Retina Display Analysis  —  I'm in San Francisco until tomorrow morning, but aside from dinner I've been spending as much time with the next-gen MacBook Pro as possible.  Apple, as always, has done an excellent job of giving users enough reasons to want this thing.
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Andy Hertzfeld blasts Apple over Mac Pro neglect  —  Hertzfeld argues that “the only thing that's still high-end about [the Mac Pro] is the bloated price.”  —  Andy Hertzfeld, a member of the original Apple Macintosh development team and current Google employee, has taken a swipe at his former employer over the Mac Pro.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Verizon Overhauls Its Rate Plans, Focusing on Shared Data  —  In a major shakeup to how it handles its billing, Verizon Wireless plans to start charing customers almost exclusively based on how much data they are using, rather than on the amount of phone calls or text messages sent.
Apple:
iOS 6 — It will take your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in entirely new directions  —  iOS 6 gives you more features to make the things you do every day even better.  It's coming this fall, and it's free and easy to upgrade wirelessly on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch — the moment it's available.
Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central:
Exclusive: Sprint Touch Wallet slides show carrier is serious about NFC wallet app  —  Last week we heard that Sprint was developing their own NFC-based mobile wallet application, and today an insider has passed along to us a couple presentation slides to let us know that it's real.
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
The Antivirus Era Is Over  —  Conventional security software is powerless against sophisticated attacks like Flame, but alternative approaches are only just getting started.  —  Continue »  —  Tom Simonite … Views
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Facebook's Camera app gets a new name: Camera  •.  Yes, “•”  —  When Facebook launched its Camera app, many of us noticed that when it was displayed on your home screen, it simply said “Camera.”  How could Apple let them get away with that, as its the same name as their own built-in app?
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Twitter Has Moved Into Its New Office, And It's Gorgeous  —  It's a beautiful day in San Francisco: sunny but not too hot, a nice breeze but not too windy.  —  So a lot of Twitter employees had lunch out on the rooftop garden of their office.  —  Their brand-new office, that is …
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Google's Tim Bray drafts new HTTP status code for censorship  —  XML co-inventor and Android Developer Advocate Tim Bray is submitting a draft for a new HTTP Status Code to be used when resources aren't available because of legal restrictions.  The code, 451 Unavailable for Legal Reasons …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Spotify App Soundrop Tunes Into First Investment: $3M From Spotify Lead Backer Northzone  —  Spotify's move last year to open its platform to other apps has created more stickiness for its streamed music services.  Now, one of the startups based around that idea has found some traction of its own …
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Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Samwers kill their Fab clone after just six months  —  Just months after the Samwer brothers courted controversy by cloning design sales site Fab.com, they are about to close their copycat site, Bamarang, down.  —  German media has reported that the site, which was launched …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Facebook Says the Facebook Ads It Didn't Sell Work Great  —  Here's Facebook's retort to people who say Facebook ads don't work: A study that says people who see brand messages on the site spend more money on those brands, right away.  —  The catch: The study focuses on “earned media” …
Killian Bell / Cult of Mac:
Apple Pulls Messages For Mac Beta Ahead Of Mountain Lion Launch Next Month  —  If you haven't already installed the Messages application on your Mac, you will now have to wait until OS X Mountain Lion is released next month to get your hands on it.  The Messages for Mac beta …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Two years after acquisition, CityDeal co-founders leave Groupon  —  A little over two years after Germany's CityDeal was acquired by social buying site Groupon in a push into Europe, its co-founders Daniel P. Glasner and Philipp Magin are leaving the company, reports Deutsche Startups (in German).
Lois Beckett / ProPublica:
How Microsoft and Yahoo Are Selling Politicians Access to You  —  Microsoft and Yahoo are selling political campaigns the ability to target voters online with tailored ads using names, Zip codes and other registration information that users provide when they sign up for free email and other services.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
IBM, Activision Blizzard latest heavyweights to oppose Xbox import ban requested by Google  —  Interesting statements on public interest considerations keep showing up on the ITC document system.  The two latest submissions were made by IBM and Activision Blizzard, both of which oppose …

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