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June 13, 2012, 11:40 AM

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ICANN New gTLDs:
Reveal Day 13 June 2012 - New gTLD Applied-For Strings  —  Enter the terms you wish to search for.  —  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?
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Thanks:@philiped
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.”
Daniel Rubino / wpcentral:
Supposed leaked screenshots of Windows Phone 8 Apollo appear, show off Skype and Lenses  —  With less than week before Microsoft is expected to show off Windows Phone 8 in San Francisco, some leaked (and terrible looking) screenshots have appeared on the site Nokia Innovation.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Amazon getting cloud-music rights, may match iCloud (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 …
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 …
Evan Rodgers / The Verge:
US lawmakers create website to crowd-source a ‘digital bill of rights’  —  Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) have started drafting a crowd-sourced digital bill of rights in hopes of preventing piecemeal laws like SOPA and CISPA from over-regulating the internet.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Constant Contact Acquires Business Listings Startup SinglePlatform, Deal Worth Up To $100M  —  Email marketing company Constant Contact has acquired SinglePlatform, a startup that helps local businesses manage their online presence.  —  The deal is for $65 million cash …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Owning Your Content In Search: Google Now Makes It Easier To Link Your Website To G+  —  Last year, Google announced an initiative to give authors on the Web greater ownership over their content and more visibility in search.  Google Authorship, as its known, has changed consistently since launch …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Apple Steps Into Patent Fight To Unnecessarily Silence A Little Girl  —  We've covered plenty of stories concerning Apple's ridiculously arbitrary nature as the gatekeeper for iOS apps, approving or pulling them with little reason.  And, of course, we've discussed a variety of ridiculous patent lawsuits …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
With an Eye for Social, Disqus Gets a Makeover  —  Talk about synchronicity.  —  Disqus released a completely revamped version of its comment moderation system on Wednesday, not more than 24 hours after WordPress.com introduced a Facebook plugin for enhanced commenting commenting …
More: Disqus, TechCrunch and A VC

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