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June 13, 2012, 10:00 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 …
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).
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter, Facebook, and Airtime Are Waging War Against The Internet's Stupidity  —  The Web is overrun with dumb hashtags, chart-topping fart apps, and guys just waiting to show you their d*cks.  But with this week's launch of Twitter's Tailored Trends, Facebook's App Center, and Airtime's safety net …
More: Mashable!
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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.”
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Denials Over Google Street View  —  Google has long prided itself on not being a conventional company.  But there is one characteristic it apparently shares with the most sclerotic bureaucracy: the willingness of its employees to say, “Not my job.”  —  The company on Tuesday released a trove …
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 …
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
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten buys Spanish video-on-demand firm Wuaki.tv  —  Rakuten, the Japanese e-commerce juggernaut that is often referred to as the Eastern version of Amazon, this morning announced that is has acquired Spain's version of Netflix: streaming and video-on-demand company Wuaki.tv.
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.
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 …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: China's Hudong.com raising $50 million  —  Chinese encyclopedia wiki returns to VC market.  —  FORTUNE — Hudong.com, a Chinese-language encyclopedia wiki, is raising up to $50 million in Series C funding, Fortune has learned.  —  The money is being raised, at least in part …

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