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June 19, 2012, 10:55 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.
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 …
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’.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Engadget on Microsoft's new Surface tablet line  —  Microsoft has unveiled its new Surface, a reborn brand that now lives as two products.  It was a showy event with a strong conclusion: at the unification of software and hardware lies great things.  Microsoft has found that greatness with the Xbox 360.
More: MacDailyNews and ZDNet
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 …
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.
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.
iFixit:
MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Teardown  —  In case you missed it, we tore apart the new MacBook Pro with Retina display last week.  Inside, we found a whole mess of pretty, yet difficult to access components.  In fact, the MacBook Pro with Retina display earned our lowest repairability score ever, with 1 out of 10 points.
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.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Royalties From Digital Radio Start to Add Up  —  After more than a decade, the royalties for Internet radio and other digital music streams are finally starting to add up.  —  On Monday, SoundExchange, a nonprofit group that processes payments for online streams, will announce …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Kodak sues Apple, claiming interference in patent sales  —  (Reuters) - Photography pioneer Eastman Kodak Co sued Apple Inc to stop it from interfering with plans to sell a large patent portfolio, a significant part of its bankruptcy restructuring.  —  In a lawsuit filed on Monday …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Google Threatens To Sue Huge YouTube MP3 Conversion Site  —  YouTube is without doubt the biggest free resource of videos and music available online today.  It can be enjoyed on the site itself, embedded in any webpage, or accessed via YouTube's Application Programming Interface.
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 …
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.”
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.
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 …
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Russia's Oleg Tinkoff plots a new $20m ad venture  —  Here's one to watch: serial entrepreneur Oleg Tinkoff — best known for starting a groundbreaking online bank in his home country of Russia — is putting together a new business, with substantial backing from Goldman Sachs.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Amazon adds all 7 Harry Potter books to its Kindle Owners' Lending Library  —  Amazon said they would be coming, and it delivered.  From today, all seven of JK Rowling's Harry Potter books will be available to download via Amazon's Kindle Owner's Lending Library (KOLL) …
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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Microsoft:
The Carlsberg Group goes ‘GloCal’ with Office 365  —  Denmark-based brewery finds the right balance between working together at a global level and allowing its many strong regional beer brands to flourish.
VMware:
How vCloud Hybrid Service is Different: 10 Cloud Capabilities on vCloud Hybrid Service that Don't Exist on AWS  —  With vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS), we're firmly focused on solving enterprise customer cloud problems …
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