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June 13, 2012, 3:40 PM

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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.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Icann criticised over ‘commercial landgrab’  —  Amazon and Google dominate applications for new top-level domains, including .app, .shop, .book, .love, .amazon and .google  —  More than 1,000 new internet “top level domains” - such as .app, .kids, .love, .pizza and also .amazon and .google …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Retina MacBook Pro is the least repairable laptop ever, says iFixit  —  Apple's new MacBook Pro with Retina Display is ridiculously fast and thin — but you can forget about ever taking it apart.  —  The repair gurus at iFixit unveiled their teardown of the Retina MacBook Pro this morning …
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.
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 FORTUNE — Trying to scope out Apple's (AAPL) product plans in advance is serious business for a small army of tech journalists …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
HTC Resists Push Toward Low-End Phones  —  TAIPEI—Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp. will stick to its strategy of selling medium- to high-priced phones, even though it has been struggling to compete in that price range where Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. are increasingly dominant.
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 …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
DreamWorks Incubates a Mobile Video Editing App Called PTCH  —  A team spun off from the studio behind “Shrek” and “Madagascar” wants to make the next Instagram.  —  DreamWorks Animation is incubating a new social photo and video app called PTCH, which is being independently built …
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.
Aaron Ricadela / Bloomberg:
Dell Seeks $2 Billion In Cost Cuts Over Next Three Years  —  Dell Inc. (DELL), the world's third-largest maker of personal computers, will focus on data-center gear as well as computing software and services while seeking to cut costs by more than $2 billion over the next three years.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Erin Bury / BetaKit:
Cvent Acquires Seed Labs for $4.2M to Bolster Consumer and Mobile Event Apps  —  Today cloud-based event management company Cvent announced that it has acquired Seed Labs, a startup that specializes in mobile apps for consumer and social events including concerts, festivals and sporting events, for $4.2 million.
Sarah Silbert / Engadget:
Samsung aiming for complete mobile domination with rumored Facebook competitor  —  Samsung's made no secret of its ambitions to commandeer all aspects of mobile tech — from devices themselves to processors and software like ChatON and the recently announced Siri competitor S Voice.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
DepositFiles Settles Multi Million Dollar Piracy Lawsuit  —  As one of the largest files-sharing sites on the Internet, DepositFiles is visited by millions of users per day.  —  After the Megaupload shutdown the cyberlocker appeared to be one of the top alternatives.

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