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June 20, 2012, 3:30 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows Phone 8 in detail: new Start Screen, multi-core support, VoIP integration, and NFC  —  Microsoft is lifting the curtain to provide a preview of some of the software and hardware changes for its Windows Phone 8 operating system today.  NFC, dual- and quad-core support are all set …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8, shares code core with Windows 8, ships this fall  —  Today at the Windows Phone Summit in San Francisco, Microsoft formally announced Windows Phone 8 for the first time.  —  “Today, for the first time, we are here to preview the first chapter in our Windows Story …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft: no upgrades to Windows Phone 8, but some features will come in Windows Phone 7.8  —  It's official, Microsoft is not offering Windows Phone 8 to existing handsets.  We exclusively revealed Microsoft's plans back in April, and the reaction generated Windows Phone discussions far and wide.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Windows Phone 8 to support multi-core CPUs, HD resolutions, SD cards and NFC  —  Microsoft is on stage at the Windows Phone Developer Summit offering us a bite of what's to come in Windows Phone 8, and one of the tastiest morsels may just be the noticeably more diverse hardware it will support.
Daniel Rubino / wpcentral:
Microsoft reveals Skype & 3rd party VOIP integration for Windows Phone 8  —  Microsoft today announced the expansion of voice over telephony (VOIP) for Windows Phone 8, enabling the integration of Skype into the phone OS in addition to any other 3rd party VOIP applications.
More: Engadget
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Windows Phone 8 will finally deliver in-app purchases  —  Everyone else already does it, so it was about time that Microsoft jumped on the in-app purchasing bandwagon.  With the debut of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft will now offer developers the ability to deliver additional content, upgrades and media via an integrated purchasing tool.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Windows Phone 8's new, even more personal Start screen  —  Windows Phone 8 will sport a new Start screen that builds on the personalization features of the Windows Phone 7.5 interface, making it even more customizable and personal.  The core concept of the Start screen is the live tiles.
Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Boots Bing Maps for Nokia in Windows Phone 8  —  We saw this coming, and we're glad it's true: Windows Phone 8 will replace Bing Maps with Nokia's stellar mapping tech.  —  The Nokia data will be available offline—a huge perk—and include turn by turn directions, 3D, and fast transit planning.
Reuters:
Microsoft kept PC partners in dark about Surface  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp kept its personal computer partners largely in the dark about its plans to launch a competing tablet computer, with some long-time collaborators learning of the new gadget only days before its unveiling, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Thomas Ricker / The Verge:
Samsung owed compensation from Apple after winning 3G patent ruling in The Hague  —  The Hague District Court has ruled in Samsung's favor regarding a 3G patent asserted against Apple.  As reported by AllAboutPhones, Samsung has already issued a press release ahead of the decision's publication:
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's iCloud and iMessage Services Experiencing Significant Outage  —  A number of MacRumors readers are reporting that iCloud services are currently down, and based on the number of reports it appears that the outage is quite widespread.  Apple's iCloud system status page …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Ex-Googlers Launch Avocado, An App For Couples Backed By Baseline, General Catalyst, And Lightspeed  —  There's a growing market for mobile apps designed to help couples stay closer.  The phenomenon first came to my attention with the launch of Pair at Y Combinator's most recent demo day.
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Apple, Google to face off in key smartphone hearing  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc will try to salvage a high-profile lawsuit against Google Inc's Motorola Mobility unit on Wednesday at a crucial hearing in the smartphone patent wars between the two tech companies.
Bloomberg:
Yahoo Says It'S In Patent Settlement Talks With Facebook  —  Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO), owner of the largest U.S. Web portal, is in talks to resolve a patent-infringement dispute with Facebook Inc. (FB), according to a court filing.  —  Lawyers for Yahoo asked U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White …
Nick Turner / Bloomberg:
RIM's Job Cuts Under Way as Company Seeks $1B in Savings  —  Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM), the struggling maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, is cutting jobs as part of a broad cost-saving effort aimed at trimming $1 billion in operating expenses.  —  “RIM has committed to achieving …
Vikas Bhatia / The PayPal Blog:
PayPal.com Gets a Makeover  —  No, it's not your imagination.  We are a little prettier now.  After months of hard work by our marketing, design and web development teams we're thrilled to announce that our website, PayPal.com, has been completely redesigned.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Bitcasa's ‘infinite’ cloud storage wins $7M from Pelion, Horizons, others  —  Cloud storage startup Bitcasa has nabbed $7 million in its first round of funding to realize its vision of giving consumers “infinite storage” for all of their devices for $10 a month.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
BancBox Debuts Its Payments Platform: You Could Build A PayPal On This  —  BancBox, a startup that's been flying under the radar over a year, is launching its new payment services platform today.  At first, you might think the most apt comparison is that of Stripe, which also offers …
More: GigaOM
Mark Milian / Bloomberg:
New Incubators Focus on Hardware  —  Arye Barnehama had an idea for a headband that could measure a person's level of focus.  So last year, he recruited people with the know-how to design software and arrange circuit boards to help build it.  —  “We had a really great foundation for the company,” he said.
Eero Vassinen / Reuters:
Finnish government won't buy Nokia shares: PM  —  (Reuters) - Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen said the Finnish government will not consider purchasing Nokia shares, quashing hopes the government would help support the company's plunging stock.  —  “This is not our business.
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.
Walt Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Galaxy Quest: One Phone Aimed at All Networks  —  While smartphones based on Google's Android operating system collectively outsell Apple's iPhone, no single Android phone has risen to become a giant hit the way the iPhone has.  Instead, there has been a profusion of often-confusing models …
Andrew Rothbart / Facebook Developer Blog:
Bringing Like to Mobile  —  People share content on the web every day using the Like button.  While this has been a key part of how people share, mobile apps have not been able to integrate the functionality.  Now they can.  —  The new Open Graph built-in like action makes it easier for people to share content from your app.
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Swype's new “living keyboard” doesn't just predict, it learns  —  Swype, the text input interface now common on Android phones, just got a whole lot smarter.  New owner Nuance Communications is updating Swype with the same sophisticated contextual language technologies it uses in its speech recognition products.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
TripAdvisor Aims To Beat Yelp With Social, Revives Restaurant “Local Picks” Facebook App  —  Tourists rave about a city's well-known restaurants and distort their review averages.  So today travel site TripAdvisor starts highlighting beloved eateries from people who live nearby in Local Picks, a Facebook app it's relaunching.
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook hides page content from logged-out users  —  Facebook pages are no longer visible to users who are logged out of the social network.  —  Users who visit fan pages without being signed into Facebook will not be able to see any details on a page's Timeline besides a login dialog.

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