June 14, 2012, 8:30 PM

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Diana ben-Aaron / Bloomberg:
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Microsoft Schedules L.A. Event for Some Windows Tablet Talk  —  After months of being secretive about its work to bring Windows 8 to ARM-based tablets, Microsoft is about ready to raise the veil.  —  The company has scheduled an event on Monday in Los Angeles where it is expected …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple Adds Gay and Lesbian Couple Icons to iOS 6  —  The new version of Apple's iPhone operating system comes with new emojis, the popular emoticons that are often used in texting and email, especially by young kids and nerdy adults like me.  Two of these new pictograms represent gay and lesbian couples for the first time.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Ethiopian Government Bans Skype, Google Talk And All Other VoIP Services  —  The Ethiopian government, Al Jazeera reports, has criminalized the use of Skype and other VoIP services like Google Talk.  Using VoIP services is now punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
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.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose On His New Gig At Google Ventures, What He Looks For In A Startup Founder, And More [TCTV]  —  Kevin Rose has been a familiar face in the tech scene for more than a decade now — first as a startup employee during the first dot-com boom, then as a host on some very popular tech shows …
Krishna Panicker / The Big Blog:
Skype 5.8 for Mac: Your Contact List Just Got Slimmer, While Video Calls with Mobile Users and Group Screen Sharing Got Even Better.  —  Today, we're pleased to announce the launch of Skype 5.8 for Mac.  With this update we're improving the usability of the Skype for Mac client, while also delivering a bunch of new features.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Carat: The Brilliant App That Increases Your Battery Life By Showing What Other Apps To Kill  —  “Kill Pandora - Expected Battery Life Improvement: 1 hour 50 minutes” This is what you'll learn from Carat, an incredibly useful free new iOS and Android app that's the first to give …
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Marco Cimmino / Skype for Linux:
Skype 4.0 for Linux  —  First off, we'd like to thank our Skype for Linux users for your patience awaiting Skype 4.0 for Linux, codenamed ‘Four Rooms for Improvement,’ which is now available.  With this release, we have finally filled the gap with our other desktop clients and we are now making …
Dong Ngo / CNET:
WD joins networking big time with My Net router family  —  WD shows off the My Net N900 HD router's Web interface at launch.  —  (Credit: Dong Ngo/CNET)  —  Once in a while there's a big change, and Western Digital is having one of its own.  —  The major storage vendor today unveiled …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Game Developers Already Abandoning Google's Social Network  —  It has been less than a year since Google launched social gaming on the Google+ network, but already some developers are calling it quits.  —  Wooga has confirmed that Monster World has already been taken down and that more titles are on their way off.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
App Store enigma: the patent holder, the developer, and the voiceless child  —  Apple's “benign dictatorship” of the App Store leaves users, devs in the dark.  —  The Unity language implemented on a Prentke Romich AAC device  —  Prentke Romich Company  —  Few apps available for the iPad sell …
More: PadGadget
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 …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Evri spins out SportStream with $3.5M from Paul Allen  —  Seattle startup Evri was founded in 2007, designed to help people make better sense of news and information.  A lot has changed since then, especially given the rise of tablets and mobile computers.  —  Now, the company is evolving …
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
GraphEffect Is A Yammer-Like Startup That's Set To Generate ~ $50 Million This Year, And It Just Raised $12 Million  —  GraphEffect is like Yammer for social media marketers, and it just raised a $12 million round of financing led by Rincon Venture Partners.  Rincon's Jim Andelman will be joining GraphEffect's board of directors.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Switchcam Raises $1.2 Million From Mark Cuban, 500 Startups, Turner Media Camp, And Others  —  San Francisco-based startup Switchcam has created technology that combines videos from multiple sources and allows users to watch concerts, political rallies, conferences, and other events from multiple different points of view.
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