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June 17, 2012, 5:25 PM

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Carmine Gallo / Forbes:
How Apple Store Seduces You With the Tilt of Its Laptops  —  Walk into any Apple Retail Store when it opens in the morning and you might notice that all of the new MacBook Pro notebooks with retina display are positioned at exactly the same angle.  Employees who open the store use an iPhone app …
Reuters:
Facebook to pay $10 million to settle suit  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has agreed to pay $10 million to charity to settle a lawsuit that accused the site of violating users' rights to control the use of their own names, photographs and likenesses, according to court documents made public over the weekend.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Xbox 720 document leak reveals $299 console with Kinect 2 for 2013, Kinect Glasses project  —  While it's clear Microsoft isn't planning to introduce its next-generation Xbox console this year, all signs indicate that a 2013 launch is on the cards.  A newly leaked 56-page document sheds …
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Acxiom, the Quiet Giant of Consumer Database Marketing  —  IT knows who you are.  It knows where you live.  It knows what you do.  —  It peers deeper into American life than the F.B.I. or the I.R.S., or those prying digital eyes at Facebook and Google.  If you are an American adult …
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New York Times:
How Depressives Surf the Web  —  IN what way do you spend your time online?  Do you check your e-mail compulsively?  Watch lots of videos?  Switch frequently among multiple Internet applications — from games to file downloads to chat rooms?  —  We believe that your pattern of Internet use says something about you.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Vizio reboots the PC: a quiet American success story takes on sleeping giants  —  McRae is more blunt, as usual.  “Trackpads have sucked for a really long time,” he says.  “We wanted to get it right.”  The machines I saw at CES had finicky pre-production trackpads, but McRae says the company …
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
The Great Replacement: Microsoft, Yammer, and a New World in Enterprise Computing  —  As with Facebook's Instagram acquisition, Microsoft's reported $1.2 billion purchase price for business-software company Yammer likely doesn't really reflect what the startup is worth in earning potential.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Wearable Gadgets Upset F.A.A. Curbs on Devices  —  Pity the poor flight attendant.  They didn't sign up for this: millions of petulant airline passengers surreptitiously reading digital books and magazines on their iPads or Kindles during takeoff and landing.  —  The flight attendants' job was never easy.
Antone Gonsalves / ReadWriteWeb:
Were Facebook Investors Fooling Themselves?  Psychologists Say Yes  —  Despite plenty of ominous signs leading up to Facebook's initial public offering last month, legions of small-time investors walked eagerly toward their financial doom.  Why?  Psychologists think they have an answer.
Kyle Wiens / Wired:
The New MacBook Pro: Unfixable, Unhackable, Untenable  —  This week, Apple delivered the highly anticipated MacBook Pro with Retina Display — and the tech world is buzzing.  I took one apart yesterday because I run iFixit, a team responsible for high-resolution teardowns of new products and DIY repair guides.
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Inside Google's Plan to Build a Catalog of Every Single Thing, Ever  —  There's a lot more to Google's Knowledge Graph than might be apparent from what you see in a casual search.  —  The ugly truth is that computers don't know anything.  They have no common sense.
Greg Cox / Expletive Inserted:
Lessons from the Failure of Readability's Author Payment Plan  —  Yesterday Readability announced that they were shutting down their experiment to take payments on behalf of authors and then distribute them (minus a 30% cut) to those authors.  The announcement talks about learning from the experiment …

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