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June 20, 2012, 8:10 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 …
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.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 finally gets a ‘real’ Windows core  —  Summary: The rumors were true: Windows Embedded is out and the Windows NT kernel is in with Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.  —  Microsoft execs have always been reticent to talk about the guts of its Windows Phone (and its predecessor, Windows Mobile) operating systems.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
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.
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.
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:
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Surprising Anti-Big Brother Surveillance Patent  —  One of the most surprising patents ever to be granted to Apple has been made public today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.  It is one of the most interesting patents that I have ever read.
Rohan Pearce / Techworld:
Why ‘Nigerian scammers’ say they're from Nigeria  —  Short answer: They're looking for chumps  —  Almost every inbox has been plagued by them: Emails offering a chance at a share of millions of dollars (or pounds or euros).  Someone works at a Department of Finance or Department of Oil …
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Prepaid MiFi coming to Walmart, starting at $10 for 100MB with no expiry  —  Hot on the heels of T-Mobile's new 4G prepaid options, Walmart has paired with TruConnect to offer a MiFi for “casual users.”  The service — called Internet on the Go — appears to be based on Sprint's 3G network …
Andy Baio / Wired:
Want iOS 6?  No Problem: Buy It Now From a Scofflaw Developer  —  Why wait for the official release of iOS 6?  You can buy it from a scofflaw clearing house today.  Photo: Jon Phillips/Wired  —  Every year, Apple keynotes hype the latest and greatest iOS software, receive unprecedented media coverage …
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iFixit:
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012 Teardown  —  We've had a busy week since Apple announced its new products at WWDC on June 11, 2012.  We just couldn't stop after digging in to the MacBook Pro with Retina Display and the MacBook Air, so we got our hands on the Mid 2012 MacBook Pro.
More: Engadget and MacRumors
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Zapier: An IFTTT For Business Users  —  IFTTT, the service that lets you automate common tasks on the web, mostly focuses on consumer services like Dropbox, Twitter, Instagram, and Instapaper.  What's missing among IFTTT's 46 supported services, though, are business tools like Campaign Monitor, Basecamp, Asana, Stripe and others.
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.
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.

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