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June 15, 2012, 10:50 AM

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The Wrap:
Microsoft Manufacturing Tablet to Rival Apple iPad, Says Insider (Exclusive)  —  Microsoft is set to unveil a tablet next week that will mark its entry into rival Apple's territory with its own branded product, TheWrap has learned.  The company has scheduled a secretive event for Monday …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
What if the rumored ‘Microsoft tablet’ isn't a Windows tablet?  —  Summary: Rumors around Microsoft's June 18 announcement are taking a new turn towards some kind of Microsoft-branded tablet.  Could this be an Amazon Kindle Fire competitor?  —  The guesses on Microsoft's June 18 announcement …
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Motorola Solutions snags British computer maker Psion for $200 million in cash  —  Motorola Solutions (not the company owned by Google) announced today that it has agreed terms to acquire British computer maker Psion for $200 million in cash.  —  According to the company's press release …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Asks Every User For A Verified Phone Number To Prevent Security Disaster  —  Every single Facebook user is or will soon be seeing a link at the top of their desktop news feed asking them to “Stay in control of your account by following these simple security tips”.
Wall Street Journal:
Yammer Agrees to Sell Itself to Microsoft  —  Business-software company Yammer Inc. agreed to sell itself to Microsoft Corp. for $1.2 billion, according a person familiar with the matter, in a sign Microsoft may be trying to plug holes in its ubiquitous Office software.
BBC:
NeverSeconds blogger Martha Payne school dinner photo ban lifted  —  Martha's NeverSeconds blog started as a writing project with her dad  —  A ban on a nine-year-old girl taking photographs of her school meals has been lifted.  —  Martha Payne, from Argyll, got more than two million hits …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Dropbox for iOS updated with automatic photo uploads, gallery view, and a new way to earn bonus storage  —  Dropbox has just updated its iOS client to version 1.5, and the new release includes some notable additions.  First on the list is automatic uploads for photos and videos in your camera roll …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple expected to launch 13" Retina MacBook Pro by early Oct.  —  Apple will bring a high-resolution Retina display to its 13-inch MacBook Pro with a product update set to launch this October, according to one insider.  —  Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI shared in a note with AppleInsider …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
iPad Sees Small Drop, Nook Tops Kindle Fire In New Tablet Traffic Rankings  —  Web traffic from the Apple iPad saw a slight drop in early June, according to new data from the Chitika Ad network, which analyzed a sample containing hundreds of millions of impressions to arrive at its conclusions.
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Intel dismisses ‘x86 tax’, sees no future for ARM or any of its competitors  —  Walking cautiously through the automatic revolving door of a swanky, black, shiny, minimalist hotel in London, the first thing I notice about Mike Bell, Intel's chief of mobile, is that he's large.
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Sven Grundberg / MarketWatch:
Nokia prepared to sell patents if price right: CFO … Nokia is prepared to divest part of its formidable portfolio of patents to raise much-needed cash, Chief Financial Officer Timo Ihamuotila said Thursday  —  “We will sell patents at the right price,” Mr. Ihamuotila said during …
Serenity Caldwell / Macworld:
Geofencing alerts to come to Find My Friends this fall  —  This fall, you can stop asking your friend “Are you here yet?”—your phone will tell you for them.  According to Apple's iOS 6 website, the company's Find My Friends app is set to add a new geofencing notification system with iOS 6.
More: IntoMobile
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
To Fight Off Airtime and Google+ Hangouts, Facebook Tests Adding Video “Call” Button To Profiles  —  Desperate to increase video chat usage, Facebook is testing out a “Call” button on top of people's timeline profiles.  I don't think I've received a Facebook video chat since Facebook partnered …
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Secret Agent Samsung: How The Handset Maker Kept The Galaxy S III Hush-Hush  —  Samsung pulled off a sort of miracle last month by announcing the Samsung Galaxy S III prior to it leaking.  Admittedly, the specs leaked, but the final design was kept a secret until the official reveal …
Evan Killham / VentureBeat:
PopCap survey shows 44 percent of people play mobile games  —  Today, developer PopCap (maker of Peggle and Plants vs. Zombies) has released the results of its third annual survey of mobile game consumption in the United States and United Kingdom.  And, no surprise, the number of people playing mobile games is growing.
David McLaughlin / Bloomberg:
Kodak Loses Ruling In Fight With Apple Over Patents  —  Eastman Kodak Co. failed to persuade a judge to rule that Apple Inc. (AAPL) has no interest in a group of patents Kodak is putting up for sale as part of its bankruptcy reorganization.  —  U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper in Manhattan …
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Focused On Europe, Mobile Payments Startup iZettle Gets $31.4M From Greylock, MasterCard & More  —  Just days after releasing an API to integrate its payment platform into third-party apps, iZettle, known as the “Square of Europe” for its dongle-based iOS mobile payment system, has even more news …

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