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June 20, 2012, 4:20 AM

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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.
Mary Branscombe / TechRadar.com:
What's unique about Microsoft's Surface tablet Touch Cover?  —  We look at the technology behind the Surface tablet  —  There's an awful lot of tech going on in the Surface tablet  —  With eyebrows raised following the decision to launch its own hardware, what's inside Microsoft's Surface tablet that makes it worth considering?
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 …
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.
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 …
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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.
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 …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
After Facebook's IPO flub, value of tech startups falls back to earth  —  A string quartet played a medley of pop radio hits as several hundreds startup founders, Goldman Sachs bankers, and venture capital investors, chatted over drinks inside a gleaming neon temple of Angel Orensanz in lower Manhattan.
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Chinese online censorship targets “collective action” posts  —  A Harvard team finds that China's Internet policy allows more than most realize.  —  We all know that China and the Internet aren't exactly BFFs.  The Great Firewall of China has been around for over 15 years now, and it shows no sign of crumbling.
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.
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:
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 …
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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.

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Microsoft:
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Zoho:
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