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June 20, 2012, 4:20 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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Task automation tool IFTTT gets new look, moves into physical world with Belkin WeMo compatibility  —  IFTTT, the automation tool that hooks various web services together to help you accomplish tasks has a new logo, a new look and some nice improvements to the service.
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 …
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.
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.
More: XconomyThanks:@electricwaffles
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook hides page content from logged-out users  —  [Update 6/20/12 10:30 a.m. PT - Facebook says not being able to access pages while logged out is a bug and it is working on a fix.]  —  [Update 6/20/12 11:58 a.m. PT - Facebook appears to have resolved this issue.
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.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Denmark Kills File-Sharing Warnings, Launches Legal Services Initiative  —  After years of deliberations, today Denmark's government will officially announce its new strategy for dealing with the issue of unauthorized file-sharing online.  —  Although pushed for heavily by rightsholders …
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.

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Microsoft:
The art of humble disruption  —  Dave Campbell might seem like an unlikely poster child for tech disruption.  But his big, bold ideas have been quietly moving Microsoft for two decades - and he's far from done.
Intel:
Intel Injects Laughter into Mobile Messaging  —  Intel is creating a fun spin on communication with the launch of Pocket Avatars, a new over-the-top (OTT) mobile messaging app developed by Intel Labs technologists.
VMware:
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Zoho:
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