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June 13, 2012, 9:05 PM

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Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and others scramble for new top-level domains like .app, .xbox, and .book  —  The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has revealed the names of the 1,930 applications for new generic top-level domain names (gTLDS).
ICANN New gTLDs:
Reveal Day 13 June 2012 - New gTLD Applied-For Strings  —  ICANN developed the New generic Top-Level Domain Program to increase competition and choice by introducing new gTLDs into the Internet's addressing system.  What is a gTLD?  It is an Internet domain name extension such as the familiar .com, .net, or .org.
Michael Sippey / Twitter Blog:
Experience more with expanded Tweets  —  Starting today, you can discover more interactive experiences inside any Tweet on twitter.com and mobile.twitter.com.  When you expand Tweets containing links to partner websites, you can now see content previews, view images, play videos and more.
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.
Ross Miller / The Verge:
MacBook Pro with Retina display review  —  Apple's new flagship is powerful, thin, and has an industry-leading high-res screen — does it live up to great expectations?  Though Apple quietly discontinued the 17-inch MacBook Pro this week, hardly a tear was shed.
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Analysis: Apple's big enemy in smartphone wars: delay  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc has spent nearly three years fighting its rivals in a global smartphone patent war.  Now, setbacks in two key U.S. court cases are laying bare why a drawn-out battle could be bad news for the iPhone maker.
Andrew Conway / Cloudmark Blog:
The Social Network That Cried “Wolf!”  —  If you're reading this blog, then you're probably aware that last week 6.5 million Linkedin passwords were compromised.  On Friday the Cloudmark Research team saw a huge increase in user spam reports relating to resetting Linkedin passwords.
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
How Facebook keeps 100 petabytes of Hadoop data online  —  It's no secret that Facebook stores a lot of data — 100 petabytes, in fact — in Hadoop, but how it keeps that data available whenever it needs it isn't necessarily common knowledge.  Today at the Hadoop Summit, however …
Peter Cohen / The Loop:
Why Game Center for Mountain Lion is a big deal  —  Why Game Center for Mountain Lion is a big deal  —  Game Center is coming to Mountain Lion when it debuts next month (you can get a bit more info on Apple's “What's New” Web page).  This is a really big deal for gamers …
More: TUAW
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Apple fails to fend off mobile tracking lawsuit  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc must defend against a lawsuit accusing it of letting advertisers secretly track the activity of millions of mobile device users, a federal judge ruled, but Google Inc and several other defendants were dismissed from the case.
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Judge says bank can't use Facebook to reach defendant — try local paper instead  —  In the latest example of courts' unease with social media, a federal judge has refused a request by Chase Bank to serve legal papers on an identity thief via Facebook.  —  In an order issued Friday in Manhattan …
More: WebProNews
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Nokia in talks with EQT to sell Vertu: sources  —  (Reuters) - Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia is in talks with private equity group EQT to sell its luxury handset subsidiary Vertu for around 200 million euros ($249 million), sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
Betabeat:
Kleiner Perkins ‘Vigorously Denies’ Ellen Pao's Gender Discrimination Claims  —  Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has filed a response to partner Ellen Pao's allegations of gender discrimination and boy howdy, they did not hold back.  We've obtained a copy, and here's the meat and potatoes:
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
State Department speaks out on Amazon Kindle deal  —  On Monday, I reported that the U.S. State Department was signing a $16.5 million agreement with Amazon to provide Kindles, content and service for overseas English language programs.  Yesterday I was able to get on the phone …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Skype For Windows Now Features “Conversation Ads”  —  Skype just announced that it will now begin to show some of its users ads during 1:1 audio calls.  These so-called “conversation ads” will only appear for users who don't have Skype credit or a subscription and, for the time being …

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