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June 13, 2012, 1:55 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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: Guardian and Wall Street JournalTweets: @pkafka
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Steven Loeb / VatorNews:
RockYou purchases game developer Ryzing  —  Ryzing is the developer of popular Bingo game; users play with real money for prizes  —  Online gaming has become so popular that a recent study found that nearly half of smartphone users in the top five European markets play games on their phone.
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 …

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