June 19, 2012, 4:15 AM

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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.
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’.
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.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Microsoft's First Surface Video Is Super Serious, in a Techno-Funk Kinda Way  —  What does Microsoft's Surface tablet look like?  What kind of specs does it boast?  Head over to Ina Fried's liveblog, for all of those details, right now.  —  How does Microsoft want you to feel about the Surface?
More: Neowin
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.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Where Microsoft's New Surface Tablet Fits in PC Ecosystem  —  While there are plenty of unknown details about Microsoft's Surface tablet, perhaps the biggest open question is what this means for Microsoft and its decades-long relationship with the PC industry.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Watch this: Microsoft's Surface event video now live  —  Microsoft announced one of its more significant hardware products today, a Surface tablet running on Windows 8 or Windows RT. Although the company did not release pricing or availability information, consumers will be able to pick between …
Gil Hirsch /
Awesome News - Facebook Acquires  —  Facebook has acquired!  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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
Fixing the CAPTCHA: turning jumbled words into a game  —  CAPTCHAs, or those jumbled words you have to enter to prove you're a human on websites, suck.  They detract from a website's flow, and as security researchers at Imperva have found, they're actually easily overcome by spammers.
More: CNET, The Next Web and SlashGearTweets: @qthrul
Andrew Rice / Fast Company:
The Many Pivots Of How A Livecam Show Became Home To Video Gaming Superstars  —  Five years, four complete shifts in business plan: Entrepreneur Justin Kan will try anything to make his business work.  And that's just the way they like it in the tech world.  —  Photo by Jason Madara
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Twitter slowly unfolding its search ambitions  —  It has been fairly obvious for a few years that the search-driven, URL-centric web would converge with the web of social objects.  It is something that is driving Google's paranoia.  It is also something Facebook dreams about.
More: WebProNews
Matt Stroud / The Verge: 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
More: Gizmodo
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 …

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