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June 13, 2012, 8:45 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.”
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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:
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Paramount releases app for the Xbox 360 to stream rented or purchased movies  —  Earlier this year, Paramount Pictures got into the business of selling digital movies directly to consumers on its website — originally, those movies (sold with the UltraViolet DRM scheme) were mostly tied to your computer …
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.
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.
More: 9to5Mac and Boing Boing
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter Offers UK Companies £1k In Free Ads For Good Twitter Stories  —  Twitter has offered business in the U.S. free advertising credits of up to $100 to promote its new ad small business ad push in that market, and now it is repeating the effort in the UK, with an even sweeter deal …
More: Twitter UK
Matt Kelly / Facebook Developer Blog:
Facebook Integration for WordPress  —  Starting today WordPress publishers can easily integrate Facebook features, such as social publishing and mentions, through the new Facebook for WordPress plugin.  —  The plugin was built by Facebook engineers in collaboration with open source partners …

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