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June 15, 2012, 7:40 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 …
Bret Taylor / Facebook:
I wanted to let you all know that I'll be leaving Facebook later this summer.  —  I'm sad to be leaving, but I'm excited to be starting a company with my friend Kevin Gibbs.  While a transition like this is never easy, I'm extremely confident in the teams and leadership we have in place.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Why Apple Is Going “Containment” Not “Thermonuclear” Against Google In iOS 6  —  I keep hearing people talking about Apple finally going “thermonuclear” on Google with the forthcoming iOS 6 mobile operating system.  No, it hasn't.  In fact, there are good reasons why it can't …
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: PC Magazine and BGR
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
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
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.
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Tumblr will be launching a brand new iOS app next week, says David Karp  —  Tumblr CEO David Karp has just announced that it will launch a brand new iOS app next week.  This announcement was made just now at F.ounders, the highly prestigious event we called the Rolls Royce of technology events.
More: CNET, VentureBeat and GigaOMThanks:@bradmccarty
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 …
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.

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