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June 19, 2012, 8:25 AM

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Microsoft Corporation:
Microsoft Announces Surface: New Family of PCs for Windows  —  Microsoft-made hardware to be available starting with release of Windows 8 and Windows RT.  —  Today at an event in Hollywood, Microsoft unveiled Surface: PCs built to be the ultimate stage for Windows.
Microsoft:
Surface by Microsoft  —  From touch to type, office to living room, from your screen to the big screen, you can see more, share more, and do more with Surface.  Create, collaborate, and get stuff done with Office.  Explore your world with fast, fluid Windows 8 apps.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Microsoft announces new 10.6″ Microsoft Surface tablets, running Windows 8 in RT and ‘Pro’ flavors  —  Microsoft held an event today at Milk Studios in Hollywood CA, where it announced its new line of Microsoft Surface tablets, devices that it calls a ‘whole new family of computing devices’.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Microsoft Surface with Windows RT hands-on pictures and video  —  Here it is, Microsoft Surface, the all new, Microsoft-made tablet.  We just had our hands on the sleek new device, and we must say — it does feel incredibly well designed.  —  Microsoft is only showing off the Windows RT version …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft Surface tablets: the differences between Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro models  —  Surfaces.  Turns out, the plural form of Microsoft's new tablet range rolls off of the tongue with ease, but understanding the differences between the first two models may not be quite as easy — particularly for the everyman.
Sam Grobart / Bits:
Microsoft's Not Competing With the iPad — Not Entirely  —  Microsoft's new Surface tablet computer is not an iPad competitor.  It's an ultrabook competitor.  —  I mean, of course it's an iPad competitor, but it would appear Microsoft is going after other segments of portable computing as well.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Spotify Finally Launches Web Radio, For Real.  And That's a Problem For Pandora  —  A lot of people confuse Spotify's streaming music service with Pandora's streaming music service.  —  Now they're going to be a lot more confused.  In a way that's good for Spotify and a problem for Pandora.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google partners with Flipboard, adding Google+ streams to the app  —  Speaking at Le Web '12 in London, Google's Vice President of Product Management Bradley Horowitz announced that it has partnered with Flipboard, adding Google+ streams in the app.  The streams will launch soon.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Prominent Investors Miss Web IPO Payoff  —  For venture capitalists and other prominent investors in young companies, an initial public offering is supposed to be the big payoff for years of patience.  It's not working out that way for some backers of newly public Internet companies.
More: CNBC
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 …
Zachary Lutz / Engadget:
Nokia 808 PureView announced for US, available soon through Amazon at $699  —  Color us surprised — or whatever the antonym of that word may be — but Nokia has announced the availability of its 41-megapixel 808 PureView smartphone for the United States, which will be distributed through Amazon.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Sharp partners with design agency frog to launch Feel UX, another unique Android user interface  —  Sharp has become the latest in a long line of Android smartphone makers to announce that it is to build a customized user interface for the platform, partnering with design agency ‘frog’ to launch “Feel UX” later this summer.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Box Expands to Europe, Hires Infrastructure VP Away from LinkedIn  —  There's always something interesting going on at Box.  Last I looked in on it, the fast-growing enterprise cloud service startup had just moved into new headquarters in Los Altos, Calif. though employees there were trying to coin the name “South Palo Alto.”
Shawn Blanc:
Readability by the Numbers  —  Last week, Readability CEO Richard Ziade announced that Readability's acceptance of reader fees and their publisher payment system is ending.  In that announcement Ziade shares a few statistics about the service.  Ziade also shared some statistics during …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple, Google Push Deeper Into Mobile Software; Towering Over Nokia, Research In Motion  —  Apple Inc. and Google Inc. have brought mobile giants Nokia Corp. and Research In Motion Ltd. to their knees and captured more than 80% of the world's smartphone market.  Now they are going after the rest.
Victor Agreda, Jr / TUAW:
Apple removes hints of future products from a key file in iOS 6  —  Once upon a time eager rumormongers would download the latest iteration of the next generation of iOS, and like examining goat entrails to determine the next Caesar, they would delve into the USBDeviceConfiguration.plist to divine upcoming hardware products from Apple.
Peter Farago / The Flurry Blog:
Microsoft May Be Closer Than It Appears in Android's Rearview Mirror  —  This week, wedged between Apple's WWDC and Google I/O is Microsoft's Windows Phone Summit in San Francisco on Wednesday, June 20.  Additionally, Microsoft is holding a last-minute press conference that “you don't want to miss” tonight in Los Angeles.
More: Mashable!
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Don't Look Now, But Facebook's Stock Is Up 20% In 2 Weeks!  —  Remember two weeks ago, when Facebook's stock had crashed all the way to ~$25?  —  Yes, back then, everyone was absolutely certain that it was going to, say, $18, and they were telling everyone who would listen about that.

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