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June 15, 2012, 12:35 AM

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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.
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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.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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”.
More: CNET
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Forthcoming Facebook Motion Said to Discuss Nasdaq's Role in I.P.O.  —  Facebook is preparing for battle.  —  One month after its botched initial public offering, the social network is set to file a motion to consolidate all the shareholder lawsuits against the company …
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 …
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.
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.
More: CNET, BetaKit and PandoDaily

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