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June 13, 2012, 10:50 PM

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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).
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 …
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.
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.
Ross Miller / The Verge:
MacBook Pro with Retina display review  —  Apple's new flagship is powerful, thin, and has an industry-leading high-res screen — does it live up to great expectations?  Though Apple quietly discontinued the 17-inch MacBook Pro this week, hardly a tear was shed.
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.
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.
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
How Facebook keeps 100 petabytes of Hadoop data online  —  It's no secret that Facebook stores a lot of data — 100 petabytes, in fact — in Hadoop, but how it keeps that data available whenever it needs it isn't necessarily common knowledge.  Today at the Hadoop Summit, however …
Andrew Conway / Cloudmark Blog:
The Social Network That Cried “Wolf!”  —  If you're reading this blog, then you're probably aware that last week 6.5 million Linkedin passwords were compromised.  On Friday the Cloudmark Research team saw a huge increase in user spam reports relating to resetting Linkedin passwords.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Exchange: A New Way For Advertisers To Target Specific Users With Real-Time Bid Ads  —  Facebook is testing and will soon launch Facebook Exchange, a real-time bidding ad system where visitors to third-party websites are marked with a cookie, and can then be shown real-time bid ads related …
Peter Cohen / The Loop:
Why Game Center for Mountain Lion is a big deal  —  Why Game Center for Mountain Lion is a big deal  —  Game Center is coming to Mountain Lion when it debuts next month (you can get a bit more info on Apple's “What's New” Web page).  This is a really big deal for gamers …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Apple's Siri Buttons On Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar Steering Wheels?  Automakers Think Different  —  Siri is coming to Mercedes, GM, BMW, Jaguar, and others, but the connectivity the auto brands describe is a far cry from an iCar.  —  We know Steve Jobs dreamt of designing an iCar …
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Linus Torvalds Splits Tech's ‘Nobel’ With Stem Cell Pioneer  —  Linus Torvalds.  Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired  —  Question: What do Linux and stem cell research have in common?  Answer: They're both considered “life-enhancing technical innovations” by the Technology Acadamy Finland …
Kimber Streams / The Verge:
Disney launches streaming apps for the iPhone and iPad, Comcast gets them first  —  Disney is launching three apps for the iPhone and iPad that give users to access programming previously only available on cable: Watch Disney Channel, Watch Disney XD, and Watch Disney Junior.
More: AllThingsD and 9to5Mac
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Judge says bank can't use Facebook to reach defendant — try local paper instead  —  In the latest example of courts' unease with social media, a federal judge has refused a request by Chase Bank to serve legal papers on an identity thief via Facebook.  —  In an order issued Friday in Manhattan …
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.
Tiffany Kary / Bloomberg:
LightSquared Reaches Agreement With Lenders On Cash Use  —  LightSquared Inc. reached a final agreement to use lenders' cash collateral after saying it might have to liquidate without the deal.  —  The accord gives the maker of wireless broadband technology enough money …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple hands off transit directions to third-party apps in iOS 6 Maps  —  Rather than include transit and walking directions natively in the new Maps application in iOS 6, Apple will instead highlight third-party options available on the iOS App Store.  —  The ability of third-party developers …
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 …
Krystal Peak / VatorNews:
Irish software company Openet gets $21M injection  —  Japanese NS Solutions leads the fourth round of funding for Openet's 28-country service  —  The Dublin-born transaction management software Openet has today announced that it completed a Series D round of funding totaling $21 million.
More: GigaOM and MarketWatch

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