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June 18, 2012, 7:20 PM

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The Verge:
Live from Microsoft's ‘major announcement’ event  —  “Thank you for joining us.  The past several years have seen great change in the industry, and from Microsoft.  Cloud computing, entertainment... and in all that we've done, Windows is the heart and soul.”
Gil Hirsch / face.com:
Awesome News - Facebook Acquires Face.com  —  Facebook has acquired Face.com!  Our mission is and has always been to find new and exciting ways to make face recognition a fun, engaging part of people's lives, and incorporate remarkable technology into everyday consumer products.
Mg Siegler / TechCrunch:
The MacBook Pro Strikes Back (With Retina Power)  —  It was nearly two years ago that I said goodbye to my MacBook Pro.  I loved the device, but the new MacBook Air was that good.  My Pro — which was only six months old at the time! — seemed like total overkill for my computing needs.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Benchmarks for New 13-Inch MacBook Pro Beat MacBook Air, Previous MacBook Pro by 10-15%  —  Last week, Primate Labs summarized its Geekbench 2 database results for Apple's new MacBook Air and 15-inch MacBook Pro models, but did not address the 13-inch MacBook Pro as not enough data had been collected at that time.
Basil Katz / Reuters:
Ex-AT&T employee admits leaking Apple, RIM info  —  (Reuters) - A former AT&T (T.N) employee admitted on Monday to sharing company secrets such as sales numbers for Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) iPhone to traders who illegally bought shares on the information.  —  Alnoor Ebrahim, 57 …
Goodfilms:
Netflix Quietly Smothers 3rd Party App Ecosystem  —  On Friday afternoon, Netflix published a blog post announcing a breaking change to their API, and dedicated a small paragraph to the fact that their API terms of use had been updated.  On a technical level, these changes will cripple …
Matt Thompson / The Mozilla Blog:
Introducing Thimble: webmaking made easy  —  Today we are proud to launch a new Mozilla Webmaker app to the world.  Meet Thimble, the new tool that makes it incredibly simple for anyone to create and share their own web pages and other projects in minutes.  —  Thimble is webmaking made easy.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Previously jailbreak only, Apple allows iOS Display Recorder app into App Store  —  The ability to record your iOS display was a functionality previously limited to a Cydia app for jailbroken iPhone users that is called “Display Recorder.”  As noted by JBN, Apple has allowed an app of the same name …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Sonos Raises $135 Million From KKR, Redpoint, Elevation  —  Wireless music systems maker Sonos has a round of primary and secondary financing of $135 million, a figure that is more than double what it has previously raised in total, according to sources close to the situation.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Facebook Readying Location-Based Mobile Ad Product  —  Facebook Inc. (FB), owner the world's largest social network, says it's working on a location-based mobile-advertising product that will allow companies to target users with real-time data showing their whereabouts.
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Ex-Facebookers launch MemSQL to make your database fly  —  With Facebook engineers, it appears the high-performance database apple doesn't far fall from the tree.  On Monday, former Facebookers Eric Frenkiel and Nikita Shamgunov (who also spent six years as a senior engineer on Microsoft SQL Server) …
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Matt Stroud / The Verge:
Backpage.com and the prostitution law that could take down Twitter, YouTube, and Wikipedia  —  If you want to pay for sex in the United States — or offer sex services for a fee — and you'd rather not troll derelict city street corners late at night, chances are you're going to use backpage.com.
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Where LinkedIn is headed next  —  CEO Jeff Weiner discussed the volatility of the stock's first year, as well as the company's plans for future growth. … ADAM LASHINSKY: Okay, so extremely exciting time here a year after your IPO.  IPOs are all the rage again with Facebook's IPO.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Ikea TV goes on sale in Europe, comes with DVR add-on  —  Ikea's Uppleva TV is arriving in select European Ikea stores and the company just shared some more technical data about the device, revealing that it will also be able to record programming on separately sold flash memory.
Andrew Keen / CNN:
Should we fear mind-reading future tech?  —  Editor's note: Andrew Keen is a British-American entrepreneur and professional skeptic.  He is the author of “The Cult of the Amateur,” and “Digital Vertigo.”  Follow @ajkeen on Twitter.  —  (CNN) — I know where to find the future.
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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
With 16 petaflops and 1.6M cores, DOE supercomputer is world's fastest  —  Giant cluster built to test nuclear weapons stockpile breaks HPC speed record.  —  An IBM technician loads CPUs into Sequoia, the world's fastest supercomputer.  —  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple and Liquidmetal Technologies Extend Intellectual Property Agreement Until 2014  —  In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing made today, Liquidmetal Technologies announced that it has extended its agreement with Apple to effectively license its ongoing intellectual property development for an additional two years.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
App Developers Who Are Too Young to Drive  —  Paul Dunahoo went on a business trip to San Francisco last week, where he attended technical sessions at Apple Inc.'s developer conference, networked with other programmers and received feedback from Apple engineers on his six productivity apps.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Social Olympic Ambition, Explore London 2012: A Dedicated Athlete Portal, But No Ads  —  A lot of Londoners (me included) haven't been able to get tickets to the London Olympics this summer.  But we'll all get something else, Facebook announced today.
Cocoanetics:
Public Transit in iOS 6  —  By now it is public knowledge that there will be no in-house replacement for routing via public means of transport in iOS 6.  Indeed if you hold an iOS 6 phone (that somebody maybe has left in a bar) and you try to plan a route from point A to point B you find …
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
HTC: Wifi glitch so far only seen in Tegra 3 One X  —  We've just gotten some more information regarding the Wifi issues some HTC One X owners have been experiencing, and which the manufacturer acknowledged this morning.  —  An HTC spokesman tells us that so far only the quad-core Tegra 3 version …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA / RIAA Ponder Suing Persistent BitTorrent Pirates  —  Later this year, the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) will start to track down ‘pirates’ as part of an agreement all major U.S. Internet providers struck with the MPAA and RIAA.  —  The parties agreed on a system through …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Snapguide Raises $5M From CrunchFund, Atlas And Index To Reinvent ‘How To’ Guides  —  Founded by former Yahoo and Google employees Daniel Raffel and Steve Krulewitz, iOS app Snapguide is announcing a $5 million Series A raise this morning, from investors Atlas Venture, Index Ventures and Michael Arrington's* CrunchFund.
Jamillah Knowles / The Next Web:
Eventbrite tops $1 billion in gross ticket sales, doubles down on European expansion  —  Eventbrite, the company that has been shaking up how we buy and sell tickets for events is celebrating $1 billion in ticket sales.  That's not a bad effort for a company that started six years ago with only three people.
More: TechCrunch and BetaKit
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Sparrow for iPhone updated to support POP email accounts  —  The developers behind the popular Apple-focused email client Sparrow have today pushed a new update for its iPhone application, bringing its mobile client on par with the desktop version with the inclusion of full POP support.
More: MacRumors and GadgeTell

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