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June 12, 2012, 8:20 PM

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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Verizon Intros Share Everything Plans: Unlimited Talk/Text And Shared Data For Up To 10 Devices  —  Verizon Wireless today announced the addition of Share Everything plans.  They're essentially family plans, allowing you, mom, dad, and big or little brother or sister to share from a pool …
Whitson Gordon / Lifehacker:
The Death of Unlimited Data: What It Means, and How You Can Keep Your Unlimited Data Plan  —  Verizon announced a new shared family plan today, and AT&T recently started throttling more unlimited users.  If you're still clinging to your unlimited data plan, here's what you need …
Sara Mauskopf / Twitter Blog:
Tailored Trends bring you closer  —  Trends help you discover the emerging topics people are talking about on Twitter.  You can see these topics as a worldwide list, or select one of more than 150 locations.  In order to show emerging topics that matter more to you, today we're improving …
Nicole Perlroth / Bits:
After Rapes Involving Children, Skout, a Flirting App, Faces Crisis  —  A popular social networking app has been used by adults to prey on minors in three rape cases is the latest cautionary tale of the potential risks of using technology to connect with people you don't know.
Theo Valich / VR-Zone:
Microsoft charges Tablet OEMs a whopping $85 for Windows RT … During our meetings with multiple vendors on the Computex Taipei, we were talking about pricing options for taking the Windows RT route instead of (free) Android from Google.  While it was rumored that Microsoft decided to change …
Milo Yiannopoulos / The Kernel:
Habbo exposed as paedophile haven  —  Balderton Capital will return its 13 per cent stake in social gaming company Sulake at zero value after learning that one of the company's products, Habbo, is to be engulfed in a child sex scandal by Channel 4.  —  Finnish social gaming company Sulake …
Paul Sloan / CNET:
Here comes the greatest Internet landgrab in history  —  Frank Schilling is betting big on new domain extensions.  —  (Credit: Frank Schilling)  —  Frank Schilling made his fortune in the aftermath of the dot-com bust, buying up thousands of domain names others didn't want.
Steven Russolillo / MarketBeat:
Zynga Shares Plunge Below $5; Circuit Breaker Triggered  —  Zynga shares are getting pummeled today as broad worries about the company's user base have triggered yet another selloff.  —  Zynga dropped as much as 13%, tripped a short-sale circuit breaker and fell below $5 …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Yext lands $27M to perfect local business listings  —  New York City-based Yext, which offers a simple way to control your business data across local search publishers, announced today it has landed an additional $27 million in a fifth round of funding.  —  Yest says it will use the funding to expand its platform to more publishers.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Lawyer demands $20,000, so webcomic raises $100,000 from the Internet  —  Lawyer demands $20,000, so webcomic raises $100,000 from the Internet  —  The saga of FunnyJunk vs. The Oatmeal takes an unexpected turn.  —  There's an excellent chance Mr. Carreon's mother does not look like this.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Updates “Hot Searches” With Images & Stories  —  Google has announced an update to Hot Searches, formerly known as Google Hot Trends.  The update gives the page a more magazine look with images from news papers, news stories, related searches, and more.  But it appears to remove the ability to search for hot trends by date.
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Aging Microsoft lures young tech idealists  —  (Reuters) - The young interns, some of the nation's best and brightest in technology, business and design, had plenty of enthusiastic words to describe their summer employer.  —  Fun.  Cool.  Special.  A giant start-up.  Revolutionizing the world.
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.  Two weeks ago today, computer security labs in Iran, Russia, and Hungary announced the discovery of Flame …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Gracenote buys Bulldog to take on video recognition  —  Media data specialist Gracenote has bought video content recognition startup Bulldog United to strengthen its own content recognition play, the company is set to announce Tuesday.  Gracenote didn't disclose any financial details of the deal …
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.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
“Defensive Patent License” created to protect innovators from trolls  —  The first rule of Patent Club is you do not sue members of Patent Club.  —  Defensive Patent License  —  A couple of months ago, Twitter made a pledge that's heartening to anyone sick of patent lawsuits.

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