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June 14, 2012, 1:20 PM

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Diana ben-Aaron / Bloomberg:
Nokia To Cut 10,000 Jobs As Elop Tries To Stanch Losses  —  Nokia to Cut Up to 10,000 Jobs to Halt Losses  —  Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) cut its earnings forecast for this quarter and said it will eliminate as many as 10,000 jobs and shut production and research sites in three countries …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Amidst layoffs and leadership changes, Nokia buys assets of mobile imaging firm Scalado  —  Buried in a press release announcing 10,000 additional lay-offs and 3 top executives stepping down from the company, mobile phone maker Nokia said it has acquired assets of Swedish mobile imaging technologies company Scalado.
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Microsoft Is Buying Yammer, According To People At Yammer  —  UPDATE: Bloomberg is now reporting that Microsoft is in talks to buy Yammer for more than $1 billion, with a deal coming as soon as Friday.  —  EARLIER: We just heard from a source inside Yammer that the office has been abuzz since Monday …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Why The Rumored Microsoft Deal for Yammer Rings True  —  Rumors have been in the water for awhile now that Microsoft was interested in buying out the social enterprise software company Yammer.  A report in Bloomberg News, plus a Tweet about a conversation overheard at a Silicon Valley ice cream shop has raised them to a fever pitch.
Samsung Tomorrow:
The rumor regarding a project named ‘Samsung Facebook’ is groundless  —  There have been inquiries and a few articles claiming that Samsung Electronics is going to offer a Facebook-like service, being developed under a code-name called ‘Samsung Facebook.’ However this is not true and the rumor is groundless.
Mark Lee / Bloomberg:
Baidu To Share Revenue With Apple On China Iphone Search  —  Baidu Inc. (BIDU) said Apple Inc. (AAPL) will be entitled to a share of advertising sales after the Chinese company's search-engine was added as part of a software upgrade for iPhones in China.  —  The revenue-sharing agreement …
Ki Mae Heussner / GigaOM:
TechStars NYC 2012: 7 startups to watch  —  Thirteen would-be darlings of New York's tech scene are hitting the stage today.  In downtown Manhattan, startup incubator TechStars NYC is hosting its third Demo Day to present its latest class of graduates.  The 13 companies, which were culled …
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
What Facebook Knows  —  The company's social scientists are hunting for insights about human behavior.  What they find could give Facebook new ways to cash in on our data—and remake our view of society.  —  Cameron Marlow calls himself Facebook's “in-house sociologist.”
More: Gizmodo
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Twitter's expanded tweets are a double-edged sword  —  As we reported on Wednesday, Twitter is in the process of rolling out what it calls “expanded tweets,” a new feature on both the web and mobile version that shows additional content for certain publishers and services, such as the New York Times and ABC News.
Michael Sippey / Twitter Blog:
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Reeder 3.0 Review  —  In 2009, reading news on the iPhone was different.  The App Store was only one year old; Twitter wasn't the information network adopted by mass media and millions of users we interact with today; there was no iPad, no universal apps, and no Flipboard.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Redesigned YouTube rolling out to some users, reflects the influence of Google+  —  From the looks of this screenshot posted by one of our readers, it appears YouTube is testing a new homepage styled more like the look that recently rolled out on Google+.  The current default look rolled …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple, Time Inc. Solve Their Subscription Squabble  —  Apple and Time Inc. have settled their differences: The giant publisher is now selling subscriptions to its iPad magazines directly from the apps themselves.  —  If that seems like non-news, consider that it took the two companies two years to figure this out.
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
Opera 12: new version, new features, new competitive challenges  —  Opera is releasing version 12 of the Opera browser today, with new features for theming, controlling your computer's hardware from the browser without using a plugin, speed, and security.  —  VentureBeat talked …
Sean Portnoy / ZDNet:
Acer Aspire S5 is world's thinnest Ultrabook, first with Thunderbolt port  —  Summary: The Ivy Bridge-packing S5 weighs in at a lean 2.65 pounds and is a mere 0.44 inches at its thinnest point.  —  Acer has upped the Ultrabook ante today with the Aspire S5, which the company claims is the world's thinnest.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube Star Managers The Collective Buy Web Video Pioneer Metacafe  —  Metacafe was a Web video pioneer that fell behind YouTube and never caught up.  And now it has a new, slightly unconventional home: Hollywood management agency The Collective is buying the video site.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Google Play preloads on Kobo Vox; Books on Google Play launches in Germany  —  The Kobo Vox tablet now come preloaded with the Google Play app.  Current Kobo Vox owners will see the app the next time their device updates.  —  “Supporting Google Play is one more way we're delivering …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
ARMSTRONG WINS!  AOL Shareholders Side With Management, Vanquish Proxy Challengers  —  AOL shareholders have voted to re-elect all of the company's directors, defeating a proxy challenge from Starboard.  —  Here's a statement from the company:  —  “On behalf of AOL's Board and management team …
More: Reuters
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
AT&T To Launch The $99, LTE-Capable Sony Xperia ion On June 24  —  Though an errant Google ad gave away some of the surprise a few weeks back, AT&T has just announced that the Sony Xperia ion will be hitting all of the carrier's sales channels on June 24 for $99 with a two-year contract.
Darrell Etherington / BetaKit:
Pulse Launches Video Channels With 30 Publishing Partners  —  News curation app and Flipboard competitor Pulse is introducing new video channels today, designed to give users access to short, easy-to-digest clips from the same kinds of publishing partners that have helped it gain so many users …
Wall Street Journal:
Turf War Erupts in Red-Hot Mobile Videogames  —  Japan's Little Known Gree and DeNA Go After Zynga in the U.S.; Converting Players to Buyers  —  A turf war is breaking out in the videogame industry and, for once, it has nothing to do with Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony.
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Kindle iOS, Android, and Cloud Reader apps now support children's books, comics, and graphic novels  —  Amazon has released updates for its iOS, Android, and Cloud Reader apps with support for children's books, comics, and graphics novels, and says that over 1,000 titles are available including titles …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Cloud Wars: Amazon Web Services cuts premium support prices, adds new features  —  Amazon Web Services this morning announced a series of changes in its support plans, aiming to make its cloud computing and storage more attractive to companies and software developers in an increasingly competitive market …
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
Web Video Companies Crank Up Lobbying  —  WASHINGTON—Online video companies are ramping up their lobbying of lawmakers and regulators, but their adversaries—traditional cable-TV companies and Internet-service providers—have far deeper pockets on K Street.

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