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June 21, 2012, 12:40 AM

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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 …
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.
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.
Steven Musil / CNET:
Larry Ellison buys most of Hawaiian island of Lanai  —  Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has bought himself quite a view on Lanai — as well as most of the island.  —  (Credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority)  —  Larry Ellison has closed a deal to buy most the Hawaiian island of Lanai for an undisclosed sum.
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:
Hon Hai: Apple's iPhone 5 to put Samsung's Galaxy III to Shame  —  Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, trading as Foxconn, is the manufacturer behind Apple's iPhone and iPad in addition to manufacturing the Xbox for Microsoft and the Playstation for Sony.  On Monday, Hon Hai's chairman Terry Gou …
Erik Kain / Forbes:
Microsoft's Non-Answer On Xbox 720 Leak  —  Recently a document was leaked that gave away quite a bit of information on the next-gen Microsoft gaming console commonly referred to as the Xbox 720.  The document revealed quite a bit, from the price of the console ($299) to the inclusion of the Kinect 2.
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.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Apple fined $2.25m in Australia, as penalty for misleading 4G iPad ads is approved  —  Apple's proposed AU$2.25 million fine for misleading Australian consumers with advertising for its 4G-compatible iPad has now been approved by the judge in charge of the trial, just two weeks after being tentatively accepted by Apple.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Google I/O 2012 app unveiled for Android, keeps attendees and outsiders looped in  —  Hardly any self-respecting conference can do without a companion app these days and Google has pulled out all the stops with an updated app for I/O 2012.  Now available on Google Play …
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.
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 …
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 …

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