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June 20, 2012, 9:45 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.
Nathaniel Mott / PandoDaily:
Windows Phone 8 Is Microsoft's Last-Ditch Effort to Remain Relevant  —  Windows Phone isn't the most glorious of mobile operating systems.  With just 5.2 percent of the market and “only” 100,000 apps in its Marketplace, Microsoft's other OS is a mere shadow of the company's core Windows product.
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.
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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.
Owc Mike H. / Other World Computing Blog:
MacBook Pro 15″ with Retina Display Can Run 3 External Displays  —  Including the built-in Retina display, the new 2012 MacBook Pro 15″ can run four displays at their native resolution.  — Retina on laptop @ “best for Retina”  — iMac used as a display @ 2560 x 1440 via Thunderbolt
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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:
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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Chromium Blog:
Customer Feedback Improvements in the Chrome Web Store  —  As Chrome Web Store apps and extensions have become more popular, users have been generating a large amount of reviews and feedback for developers.  Until now, there was no way to separate a user's review of an app's features and quality …
David Cohen / AllFacebook:
Facebook Details Social Landmarks In 25 Cities Around The World With Check-In Data  —  Mullen is looking for a Senior Web Developer.  —  Allfacebook Marketing Conference: June 28 AllFacebook.de SocialTimes Send an anonymous tip  — Facebook Marketing Bible  — AppData  — PageData

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