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June 21, 2012, 8:25 AM

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Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Why Windows Phone 8 means the BlackBerry is doomed  —  Enterprise features and mobile device management may cut off RIM's air supply.  —  As Microsoft Corporate VP for Windows Phone Terry Myerson and others from Microsoft and Nokia took the stage at the Windows Phone Summit in San Francisco …
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 …
Pino Bonetti / Nokia Conversations:
Nokia Drive for all Windows Phone 8 smartphones  —  Location-based services, as Nokia announced last week, are becoming more and more core to our strategy.  We're focusing on location-based services, not just at Nokia, but bring our extending our services across many industries.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Surface: Between a Rock and a Hardware Place  —  Watching the Microsoft Surface event video, I sensed uneasiness.  Not panic, but discomfort.  Some will argue that I'm simply spoiled by Apple's on-stage polish, but Monday's Microsoft event struck me as rushed and severely under-rehearsed.
Eliot Weisberg / ReadWriteWeb:
[Video] Surface vs. iPad: Microsoft's Getting Rusty At Stealing from Apple  —  ReadWriteWeb encourages comments, but please remember: Keep it nice, keep it clean, and avoid promotional comments.  We do pre-moderate some comments with links.  For more information, please read our full comment policy.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Who will be Microsoft's Tim Cook?  —  As previously noted, Apple has overtaken Microsoft (and Google) in operating margin percentage.  This is an astonishing statistic as Apple is still largely perceived to be a “hardware company” while Microsoft is a “software company” and Google is a “services company.”
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John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: The New iPhone Will Have A 19-Pin “Mini” Connector  —  Although the form factor and actual size are still unknown, TechCrunch has independently verified that Apple is working on adding a 19-pin port, replacing the current 30-pin port, to the new iPhone.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Motorola Mobility to Microsoft: We Demand a Royalty Recount  —  Here's a big surprise: Google and Microsoft beg to differ.  —  For months now, the software giant has been saying that Google's Motorola Mobility unit has refused to license standards-essential patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Enterprise Apps Worth $120 Billion This Year, Gartner Reckons  —  Spending by companies on enterprise software applications will amount to more than $120 billion, according to a forecast by the market research firm Gartner, which amounts to growth of about 4 percent over last year.
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 …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
A First Exit For One of Thiel's 20 Under 20: GigLocator Sells To Brooklyn Bowl's Peter Shapiro  —  That didn't take long.  Just a week after Peter Thiel's foundation announced its second class of fellows, its first one just had its first exit.  —  James Proud, who hails from South London …
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
ACTA fails to gain ITC approval, MEPs vote to reject controversial piracy treaty  —  The controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has been rejected by the International Trade Committee.  Made up of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), the committee voted 19 against and 12 in favor with no abstentions.
More: Inquirer, ZDNet, BBC and GigaOM
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.
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 …
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

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