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June 13, 2012, 9:15 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 …
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.”
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
The high-school blogger who's been cracking Apple's secrets  —  In the walk-up to this week's big keynote, nobody had more scoops than Mark Gurman  —  Gurman at WWDC.  Photo: PED  —  FORTUNE — Trying to scope out Apple's (AAPL) product plans in advance is serious business for a small army …
iFixit:
MacBook Pro with Retina Display Teardown  —  This is it: The Chosen One of MacBook Pros.  While other MBPs were gifted only the standard annual updates, this particular model was bestowed with a Retina display, a thinner profile, two Thunderbolt ports, a full sized HDMI port, and less annoying cooling fans.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Zynga is Shedding Users  —  Social gaming company Zynga had an outstanding 2011, leading to a well-hyped IPO in December.  But Zynga's biggest risk was always an over-reliance on Facebook, with most of its revenue and users coming from the social network.
Trevor Sheridan / AppleNApps:
iOS 6 Hands-On: iTunes Match Now Streams Music  —  One of the new additions to iCloud and iTunes was iTunes Match, which is a service that lets you store your iTunes library in iCloud.  It costs $24.99/year, and the system works by matching any of your music with the iTunes Store, and any unmatched songs are uploaded.
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 …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Samsung Wants To Automate Your Phone With NFC-Equipped TecTiles  —  Samsung has a handful of NFC-equipped phones, like the Galaxy S II and III, and the Galaxy Nexus, but little has been done to put the technology to use.  Sure, there's Google Wallet and other mobile payment platforms …
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Amazon's cloud music service will soon be licensed (scoop)  —  Amazon executives are close to striking license deals with music studios to cover the company's cloud music service, numerous music industry sources told CNET.  —  Amazon already has reached agreements with Universal Music Group …
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com:
Developer gets iOS apps running on BlackBerry, for real (we asked for more evidence and got it)  —  This past Saturday a thread popped up in the CrackBerry Forums by new member businesscat2000, titled iOS Apps running on PlayBook!  The thread linked to this video on youtube …
Nicole Perlroth / Bits:
After Rapes Involving Children, Skout, a Flirting App, Bans Minors  —  A popular social networking app that 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.
Melanie Pinola / Lifehacker:
Google Blockly Is a Visual, Drag-and-Drop Tool for Building Apps and Learning to Code  —  Curious about programming and want to build your own app, but feel a bit intimidated?  Google Blockly is a visual programming language that can help you get started quickly.The webapp lets …
Leo Kelion / BBC:
Linus Torvalds: Linux succeeded thanks to selfishness and trust  —  Linus Torvalds developed Linux in 1991 while at the University of Helsinki, Finland.  He became a US citizen in 2010.  —  Linux creator Linus Torvalds will find out later if he has won the Millennium Technology Prize …
More: GigaOM
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Dennis K. Berman / Wall Street Journal:
Tin Pan Valley: The Coming Shakeout for App Makers  —  Like the Early Music Industry, Today's Apps Are ‘Made’ By Marketing, Sales  —  They were 20-somethings emboldened by new technology.  If they were shrewd, they just might get rich.  —  These inventors and wheedlers, dreamers and hucksters …
More: Wall Street JournalTweets: @pkafka
Jacob Aron / New Scientist:
Kinect to watch your emotions and serve up ads  —  Online adverts are already tailored to your search and browsing history, but now Microsoft has plans to add emotions to the mix.  In a recently revealed patent application the company suggests that using its Kinect sensor to analyse your face …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
FBI halted one child porn inquiry because Tor got in the way  —  Feds closed “assessment” of child porn found on Silk Road, a Tor hidden service.  —  Enlarge / The FBI appears to have been stymied by Tor on at least one occasion.  —  Kalavinka  —  A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) …
More: The Verge
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.

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