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June 19, 2012, 6:20 PM

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Ashlee Vance / Business Week:
Why Microsoft's Surface Tablet Should Shame the PC Industry  —  On June 18, Microsoft (MSFT) beckoned 200 or so members of the media to an industrial, grimy part of Hollywood for what it described as a can't miss affair.  The dutiful reporters met at the appointed hour—3:30 p.m. …
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft Surface tablets: Reading the fine print  —  Summary: Here are a few more hidden tidbits about Microsoft's new Surface tablets, launched in Los Angeles on June 18.  —  Yesterday Microsoft announced it would be making two Windows tablets of its own — one Windows8-based and another Windows RT-based.
Vidya P L Nathan / Reuters:
Microsoft's tablet no threat to iPad: analysts  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's new tablet computers are no threat to Apple Inc's iPad, given the lack of enthusiasm among developers to create applications that run on the new Windows operating system, analysts said.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
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.
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.
Twitter Blog:
A new way to experience profiles: with or without replies  —  When you visit a Twitter user's profile, you may want to see his or her original Tweets rather than their conversations.  Then again, you may enjoy seeing the back-and-forth exchanges they have with other Twitter users.
Robert Kim / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Offers app now available on iPhone  —  Today we're announcing the new Google Offers app for iPhone.  Now, iPhone users can discover, buy and redeem Google Offers, as well as deals from our partners, on-the-go.  Some of the features of the new Google Offers app for iPhone include:
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.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Ex-Googlers Launch MightyText, An iMessage For Android Users  —  During their lengthy careers at Google in both senior technical and product management roles, Maneesh Arora and Amit Sangani were able to geek out on products like AdSense, AdWords, and the now-defunct Google Health.
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
LG To Sideline Tablet Development To Focus On Smaller Devices  —  LG Electronics Inc. (066570), the world's No. 4 mobile-phone maker, will sideline tablet computer development to focus more on smaller devices rather than compete head-on with Apple Inc.'s iPad.
Washington Post:
U.S., Israel developed Flame computer virus to slow Iranian nuclear efforts, officials say  —  View Photo Gallery — Stuxnet and other big worms and viruses: The computer virus is growing in popularity as the weapon-of-choice in the Middle East.  Here's a look at some of the more notable viruses and worms.
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
BlackBerry 10 hands-on (video)  —  Like any good show pony, BlackBerry 10's been trotting around the world, strutting the fairly limited elements of its known UI in an effort to court developers.  The platform, without question the nail upon which RIM's fate and fortune hangs …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Formspring Relaunches As An Interest-Based Social Network  —  Q&A site Formspring is today announcing what the company says is its biggest news since its original launch back in 2009.  Yes, Formspring has been overhauled.  The company is shifting its focus from social Q&A …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
New Gmail custom themes let you set your own background image  —  For those of us still staying true to Gmail's web interface and resisting the lure of dedicated clients like Sparrow, Google is today rolling out a pair of custom theme options.  Using the basic Light and Dark Theme presets …
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
NSA: It Would Violate Your Privacy to Say if We Spied on You  —  Gen. Keith Alexander, center, the head of the National Security Agency, visits Afghanistan, 2010.  Photo: ISAF  —  The surveillance experts at the National Security Agency won't tell two powerful United States Senators …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Shapeways, Having Printed 1 Million Objects, Secures More Financing  —  People sure do like printing things in 3-D.  —  Shapeways, a company that enables people to print 3-D objects, announced on Tuesday that it had completed a $6.2 million series B round of financing from Lux Capital, a New York venture capital firm.
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Google's Project Glass trackpad gets swaddled in patent protection  —  Remember when Sergey Brin was on The Gavin Newsom Show showing off Project Glass' right-sided physical trackpad?  Today, that element of the tech was given the official thumbs-up by the US patent and trademark office.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
AT&T and Sirius work to make spectrum available  —  AT&T is looking to put some of its unused spectrum to work in a move that could reshuffle the wireless spectrum deck.  —  On Friday, the carrier filed a joint proposal to the Federal Communications Commission with satellite radio provider Sirius.
BBC:
China's ‘Twitter’ introduces fees  —  Sina Weibo may not be afraid of domestic competition said one analyst  —  Sina Weibo, China's biggest Twitter-like microblogging platform, has introduced a membership charge for premium features.  —  For a monthly fee of 10 yuan ($1.57, £1) …

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Microsoft:
Kinect SDK 2.0 and new adapter kit now available  —  Read more from Technical Fellow Alex Kipman about the next chapter for Kinect.
Zoho:
Ringio helps sales teams close more deals by bringing Click To Call to Zoho CRM  —  This is a guest post by Sam Aparicio, CEO of Ringio.  —  Today we are announcing a new integration with Zoho that brings Ringio's Click To Call …
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AdExchanger:
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