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June 20, 2012, 12:55 AM

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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Surface Just Made the MacBook Air and the iPad Look Obsolete  —  Microsoft has guts.  It's what you get when you're the underdog; either that or you curl into a RIM and die.  Microsoft is the underdog because no matter how many hundreds of millions of people use its software, the cool and the future belong to Apple.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Memo: Ballmer rallies troops around Surface, hints at Office, Windows Phone news  —  Yesterday was a big moment in Microsoft's history, as the company unveiled its own tablet computer, Surface, moving into the PC hardware business for the first time.  —  After unveiling the tablet on stage in Hollywood …
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
With the Surface, Microsoft just started writing its next chapter  —  I first met Steven Bathiche when I took a trip to Microsoft's campus to check out what the company had been doing in the research and development department.  Microsoft PR had sworn to me that I would be blown away by the …
Michael Sippey / 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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
A Redesigned, Slicker PayPal Is Coming Tomorrow; Some Seeing New Look Today  —  PayPal, the eBay-owned online payments service that is making significant inroads into mobile, is giving its website an overhaul to make it easier for its 100 million+ users to pay and get paid, find help …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Peter Thiel Launches Mithril: A New $402 Million Late-Stage Fund  —  Peter Thiel may be best known for his angel investments, most notably, his legendary call with Facebook.  But now he's got something for companies that sit just on the cusp between public and private markets.
More: AllThingsD
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Microsoft's Phone Efforts Move Into the Spotlight Wednesday  —  While Monday was a huge day for Microsoft, thanks to the Surface tablet, Wednesday is also shaping up as a pretty important milestone.  —  The company is set to meet with developers to talk about the future of Windows Phone …
More: Gizmodo
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:
Michael Larabel / Phoronix:
NVIDIA PR Responds To Torvalds' Harsh Words  —  NVIDIA's PR department has issued a statement following the harsh comments by Linus Torvalds last week where he referred to the graphics company as the single worst company they have ever dealt with, called them out on not supporting Optimus, and other issues.
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.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Adds Subscription Billing For App Developers, Backs Away From Credits As Primary Currency  —  Facebook is adding subscription billing for app developers, in what should help gaming and media companies earn more revenue from their most loyal users.  Starting next month …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
WWDC 2012 session videos go live for developers  —  As promised, Apple has quickly posted videos of many of the WWDC 2012 developer sessions.  There are currently 113 videos of sessions live on Apple's developer website.  Sessions for both iOS and OS X application development are available …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Sprint says it's ‘a little behind’ on Galaxy S III shipments, T-Mobile limits launch markets  —  Sprint is citing “overwhelming demand and limited supply” this afternoon as the reasons for a few delays in its Galaxy S III launch strategy, which will see 32GB pre-orders ship next week rather …
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.
John Callaham / Neowin:
Windows 8 app-based advertisement concepts revealed  —  Windows 8 isn't just a new PC or tablet operating system from Microsoft.  The company also sees it as a way for other companies to get the word out on their products.  In a new post on the Microsoft Advertising blog …
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 …
More: VentureBeatTweets: @eghosao
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look at the curved tabs in Firefox's new Australis design  —  A Mozilla developer published a Firefox build that shows the new tab style.  —  A screenshot of the custom Firefox build with the Australis tab style.  —  Earlier this year, we reported on Mozilla's effort to unify the look …
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Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
LinkedIn sued over hacking incident that exposed six million passwords  —  LinkedIn will get to connect with a federal judge after an embarrassing security breach in early June.  The social network for professionals has been hit with a class action seeking at least $5 million over an incident that exposed millions of user passwords.

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