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June 13, 2012, 12:25 AM

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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple's Ping to End With a Thud in Next Release of iTunes  —  Apple has finally acknowledged what the market has been telling it since it first debuted Ping, its social network for music, in September of 2010.  The service is a failure.  —  And rather than continue to maintain Ping …
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 …
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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Spokesperson Confirms New Mac Pro Designs Likely Coming in 2013 [Update: Not iMac]  —  Yesterday, David Pogue of The New York Times vaguely stated in reference to Apple's desktop Mac lines that an unnamed Apple executive had informed him that “new models and new designs are under way, probably for release in 2013.”
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Admits ‘New’ Mac Pro Isn't All That New  —  Amid all the excitement of the notebook updates and OS X Mountain Lion and iOS 6 news yesterday, Apple quietly updated the Mac Pro, but surprisingly continued to use older Westmere processors instead of Intel's latest Sandy Bridge E offerings.
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 …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Maps in iOS 6 will require A5 processor for 3D “flyover,” navigation  —  iPhone 3GS in particular will get a reduced feature set in iOS 6.  —  iOS 6 promises to bring lots of new features to iPhone and iPad users—more than 200, according to Apple's count.
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 …
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.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / ZDNet:
Apple just entered — and quite possibly killed — another market  —  During the announcements coming from the Apple WWDC — WorldWide Developer Conference — 2012 keynote speech yesterday, I was keeping an eye on what effect the new hardware and software would have on existing markets.
More: AllThingsD
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display Review  —  Pros: Jaw-dropping Retina Display; Very fast performance; Speedier Flash memory; Excellent speakers and dual mics; Runs cool and quiet; Top-notch ergonomics Cons: Expensive; Memory cards stick out of the side; Limited configuration options …
Paul Sloan / CNET:
Here comes the greatest Internet landgrab in history  —  Frank Schilling made his fortune in the aftermath of the dot-com bust, buying up thousands of domain names others didn't want.  He kept at it, aggressively building a portfolio of more than 320,000 domains that, through a combination …
Joab Jackson / Computerworld:
Hortonworks releases its Hadoop version  —  For its first Hadoop release, Hortonworks focused on making the data analysis software easy to deploy and monitor  —  For the first production release of what will be its flagship Apache Hadoop distribution, Hortonworks has focused on providing …
Ryan Tate / Wired:
New York Facebook Already Thinks It's Better Dressed Than California Facebook  —  Serkan Piantino, on the skateboard at right, oversees Facebook's New York engineering office and helped create the social network's News Feed and Timeline products.  —  Jim Merithew/Wired  —  << Previous |  Next >>
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The iOS App market sales run rate is $4 billion per year  —  At the 2012 WWDC, Apple released new data concerning its App ecosystem.  Namely:  — 30 billion apps downloaded to date (excluding updates)  — $5 billion paid to app developers  — 400 million iTunes accounts
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Layar's augmented reality app Stiktu launches worldwide, letting you tag and share real-world items  —  Launching in nine European countries at the end of last year, Layar's social and user-generated augmented reality app Stiktu is now available worlwide, allowing you to tag and add …
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Rivals AMD and ARM unite, summon others to become ‘heterogeneous’  —  Rumors of a hook-up between AMD and ARM have been circulating ever since someone coined the phrase “the enemy of Intel is my friend.”  As of today, however, that alliance is real and cemented in the form of the HSA Foundation …
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.
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Google's e-book deal could slow rise of Amazon Kindle in Europe  —  Google announced a major deal this week with French authors and publishers that clears the way for the sale of millions of e-books that have been caught in legal limbo until now.  The deal could spur digital publishing …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Probes Cable for Limits on Net Video  —  WASHINGTON—The Justice Department is conducting a wide-ranging antitrust investigation into whether cable companies are acting improperly to quash nascent competition from online video, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
Cable cheers FCC vote to kill ‘viewability rule’  —  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted late Monday to extend its “viewability rule” for just six months, allowing the requirement to expire in December.  —  The rule requires cable operators to provide both analog and digital feeds …

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