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June 18, 2012, 5:15 AM

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Peter Ha / TechCrunch:
Sources: Microsoft And Barnes & Noble To Announce Tablet With Xbox Live Streaming Tomorrow  —  There's a ton of speculation around what Microsoft will be announcing on Monday in Los Angeles.  Both the Wrap and ATD claim the event will showcase a Microsoft built Windows RT/Windows 8 tablet.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Mozilla takes aim at the iPad browser market with its ‘Junior’ prototype  —  When it comes to browsing the web on iOS, there are plenty of third-party alternatives to Apple's Safari.  Atomic, Dolphin, Mercury, Opera, and Skyfire are just a few that have enjoyed some measure of success on the platform …
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Hacked companies fight back with controversial steps  —  (Reuters) - Frustrated by their inability to stop sophisticated hacking attacks or use the law to punish their assailants, an increasing number of U.S. companies are taking retaliatory action.  —  Known in the cyber security industry as …
Tweets: @mikalfm and @bwoj
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
U.S. Government Requests For Google Users' Private Data Jump 37% In One Year  —  Updated with a correction from Google below.  —  The American government's appetite for Google's data is growing.  —  In the second half of 2011, Google received 6,321 requests that it hand over its users' private data …
More: PC World, CNET and memeburnThanks:@forbestech
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.
Tweets: @andrewpk
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Make Way For More Tech Investment: Index Ventures Raises Another €350M Fund  —  The economic signals coming from Europe are leading some to predict a big drop in startup investments up ahead, but that's not the message coming from one of the region's biggest VC firms.
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Verzion intros FiOS Quantum, officially priced up to 300Mbps  —  What's faster than FiOS internet service?  FiOS Quantum evidently, as Verizon's latest high-speed internet service gets an official name and pricing.  Effectively doubling every tier — except the entry-level 15/5 …
Zack Whittaker / CNET:
‘Censorship creep’: Pirate Bay block will affect one-third of U.K.  —  Censorship is a slippery slope.  The United Kingdom: my home.  Case in point.  —  Most U.K. customers accessing The Pirate Bay will see this, or a similar message.  —  (Credit: Zack Whittaker/CNET)
More: TechCrunch
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 …
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Why Nuance Is Giving It Away  —  In 2009, Nuance Communications (NUAN), one of the largest players in voice recognition software, licensed its technology for use in a small mobile app.  That app was Siri, which Apple (AAPL) bought in 2010 and turned into a major feature in the latest iPhone …
Wall Street Journal:
Worldreader: An E-Book Revolution for Africa?  —  Schools in developing countries are experimenting with digital books; endless titles, spotty electricity  —  Humble school students learning how to use Kindles in February.  ‘It took the kids just a few days,’ says a teacher.
More: TeleReadTweets: @openculture
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.
More: TeleReadTweets: @danielpaulod

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