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June 13, 2012, 4:55 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.
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.
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 …
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.
Edgar Alvarez / Engadget:
Aviary launches photo editing application on iOS, turns Android plugin into an app  —  Last we heard, Aviary was being chosen to replace the deceased Picnik as the main photo editor on Flickr, and now the startup is getting ready to launch its first iOS app and give its previous Android offering a major boost.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Mark Cuban puts $500,000 investment into immersive video startup, Condition One  —  Danfung Dennis spent the last decade working as a photo-journalist and filmaker in some of the world's most dangerous places, shooting war footage that appeared in Newsweek and The New York Times and directing …
Joel Mathis / Macworld:
Developers: Retina-optimized Mac apps will take time  —  While Apple is already updating its own apps for Retina display, officials with third-party developers Adobe and Autodesk on Tuesday said they'll need time to ship Retina-optimized apps to the public.  Their Photoshop and AutoCAD applications …
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