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June 15, 2012, 6:05 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 …
More: ZDNet and Mashable!
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 …
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Parts of Amazon Web Services suffer an outage  —  Amazon web services are having trouble this evening and in the process are taking down some major sites.  Among sites being impacted are Quora and HipChat.  In addition, the Amazon outage has had an impact on Heroku, a division of Salesforce.
More: ZDNet and GeekWire
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 …
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: Gizmodo and CNET
Danielle Sacks / Fast Company:
Can VCs Be Bred?  Meet The New Generation In Silicon Valley's Draper Dynasty  —  Over the course of a half-century, the Draper family has carved out a name (and a fortune) in a place where breeding and ancestry are thought to be irrelevant.  Now it's time for the debut of the youngest generation.
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.
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 …
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Focus Squarely 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 …
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Tesco buys UK music site We7 for £10.8m  —  Tesco has purchased We7, a British digital music service, which attempted to rival Spotify, for £10.8m.  —  The service attempted to go head-to-head with Spotify in 2009 as streaming began to take off.
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 …
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.
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 …
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