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June 15, 2012, 12:35 PM

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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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, CNET and IntoMobile
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.
More: TechEye
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 …
More: TUAW
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
PopTip Offers Real-Time Twitter Poll Result Tracking, Hashtags And Correct Spelling Not Required  —  More often than not, a crowdsourced answer is the right one.  Just take a look at Estimize — the anonymous user base of 6,500 users is more accurate than Wall Street 67 percent …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Aaron Sorkin on Jobs Movie, Zuckerberg as Anti-Hero 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” …
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
ICANN Glitch Reveals Personal Details of gTLD Applicants  —  The Internet's governing body this week admitted that it inadvertently revealed the mailing addresses and contact details of those who applied for the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs).  —  Those details were viewable …
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 …
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 …
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.

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Zoho:
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