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June 15, 2012, 5:40 PM

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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Facebook CTO Bret Taylor Departs (For Start-Ups Unknown)  —  Facebook's high-profile CTO Bret Taylor is leaving the Silicon Valley social networking giant later this summer, with future plans to work on an undetermined start-up.  —  The move is likely to be of concern …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple Gives Podcasts a Gentle Push Out of iTunes  —  Podcasts were supposed to be a big deal several years ago, but that boom never happened.  Now there's at least anecdotal evidence that the format is actually picking up steam, as creators, listeners and advertisers warm to the format.
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 …
Steven Sloan / Bloomberg:
SEC Pressed Facebook For Details On Mobile Revenue Before IPO  —  The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission pressed Facebook Inc. (FB) executives to explain in more detail how a user shift to mobile devices could impact the company's profits, according to documents made public today.
Business Wire:
AOL Announces Close of $1.056 Billion Patent Transaction with Microsoft  —  Reaffirms Commitment to Return 100% of Proceeds to Stockholders  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—AOL, Inc. (NYSE: AOL), today announced that it has completed the previously announced $1.056 billion patent transaction …
More: ZDNet
BBC:
Apple 1 computer and Steve Jobs Atari memo sold at auction  —  A rare functioning Apple 1 computer - the company's first product - has been sold at an auction for $374,500 (£240,929).  The price was more than double Sotheby's high estimate and sets a new record for the collector's item.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Download Site Founder Receives 4.5 Year Jail Sentence, Forfeits $4.7m  —  In June 2011, the biggest ever operation aimed at tackling online movie piracy took place in Europe.  The target for police in Germany, Spain, France, and the Netherlands was movie-streaming portal Kino.to and its affiliates.
More: BGR
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Woot Founder And Daily Deals Pioneer Matt Rutledge Leaves Amazon  —  Matt Rutledge, founder and CEO of Woot, and the grandfather of the daily deal, is stepping down from his position, two years after the website sold to Amazon.com.  In an email sent to staffers, and subsequently posted …
More: CNET and GeekWire
New Zealand Herald:
FBI told to copy seized Dotcom data  —  The FBI has been ordered to start copying 150 terabytes of data - including 10 million emails - contained on the seized computers belonging to internet mogul Kim Dotcom.  —  In her ruling released today, chief High Court judge Justice Helen Winkelmann ordered …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple charges 54% more to replace Retina MacBook Pro's battery  —  Nonupgradeable battery, other ‘Air-izing’ traits of new notebook prompts repair expert to say, ‘We have to draw a line in the sand’  —  Apple customers who purchase the company's new Retina MacBook Pro will pay more to replace …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Aaron Sorkin on Jobs Movie, Zuckerberg as Antihero and More: The Full D10 Interview (Video)  —  One of the most engaging interviews at the 10th D: All Things Digital conference was with well-known Hollywood screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.  —  Best known for television hits such as “The West Wing” …
More: MacRumors
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: GigaOM and CNET
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 …
Reuters:
Moody's cuts Nokia to “junk” on fears of cash burn  —  (Reuters) - Moody's slashed Nokia's credit rating to “junk” on Friday after the Finnish cellphone maker cut 10,000 more jobs and forecast a wider-than-expected loss, citing worries about its cash position and slow sales of new Windows phones.

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