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June 14, 2012, 11:20 PM

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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 …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Nokia to End “Meltemi” Effort for Low-End Smartphones  —  One of the casualties of Nokia's latest cuts is Meltemi, the company's effort to create a new Linux-based operating system for low-end smartphones.  —  The project was aimed at offering smartphones at prices that neither Android …
Diana ben-Aaron / Bloomberg:
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft to Buy Yammer for $1 Billion  —  Business-software company Yammer Inc. has agreed to sell itself to Microsoft Corp. for more than $1 billion, according to a person familiar the matter.  —  It is unclear when the acquisition will be completed and announced, this person said.
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.
Dave Thier / Forbes:
Reddit General Manager Erik Martin Respons to Domain Ban Controversy  —  Yesterday, reports that Reddit administrators have been banning high-quality publications like The Atlantic and Business Week from their site as a punishment for  —  spamming attempts.
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 …
More: Examiner and AMP Lab
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 …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Karma: a 4G provider that rewards users for sharing their data plan with strangers  —  “Something is fundamentally broken in the market for mobile providers,” says Robert Gaal, one of the founders of Karma, a startup that just graduated from the TechStars NY accelerator program.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Reuters:
Sprint seeks dismissal of $300 mln lawsuit filed by NY state  —  (Reuters) - Sprint Nextel Corp asked a judge on Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the company by the state of New York for more than $300 million in uncollected taxes and penalties.  —  Eric Schneiderman …
More: CNET and PandoDaily
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.

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