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June 21, 2012, 12:15 PM

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Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
HTC's Windows Phone 8 roadmap: ‘Zenith’ flagship, ‘Accord’ midrange, and ‘Rio’ entry-level models  —  After yesterday's official look at Windows Phone 8 from Microsoft, we've received some details from a knowledgeable source on exactly what HTC — arguably the most important Windows Phone 8 licensee right …
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 …
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.
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
One Windows to rule them all  —  As far back as the late '80s, Bill Gates has floated the idea of “Windows Everywhere.”  The idea, as you can probably guess, is to put a Windows operating system on any and all devices with a CPU somewhere under the hood.  At the New York PC Expo in 1997 …
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Is the Most Exciting Company in Tech, Hands Down  —  I never thought I'd ever hear myself utter such words post-1995.  But after Monday's reveal of the Surface tablet—complete with an ultra-thin, pressure-sensitive keyboard cover and the most discrete integrated kickstand ever …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft sends takedown notice to sites hosting Xbox 720 doc, including Dropbox  —  A massive 56-page document on Microsoft's “Xbox 720” plans surfaced on the internet over the weekend, revealing some potential ideas around Kinect Glasses and more.  The document itself was hosted on Scribd …
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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Review: The 2012 MacBook Air soars with Ivy Bridge  —  New Air may look the same, but performance has surged ahead in just one year.  —  Another year, another MacBook Air.  Apple's lightweight machine has come a long way since it was first released in 2008.
More: The Verge
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Tumblr releases revamped iOS app with new layout, offline mode, support for high-res images and Spotify  —  Tumblr has introduced version 3.0.0 of its iOS app which features a raft of changes included a revamped dashboard, support for high-resolution images and Spotify, a new image viewer and offline support.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Twitter to expand advertising rollout  —  Latin America and western Europe to be the first to get promoted tweets as network ramps up efforts to generate revenue  —  Twitter has unveiled an aggressive expansion of its advertising products, with a rollout planned to 50 countries by the end of the year.
More: AllTwitter and WebProNewsTweets: @jack
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.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Opinion: EFF should call for the elimination of software patents  —  The group's patent reform ideas are a good start, but don't go far enough.  —  As recently as 2010, Justice Kennedy seemed unaware that software patents were controversial.  —  The Electronic Frontier Foundation announced …
Wall Street Journal:
After Facebook, Lawmakers Call for IPO Revamp  —  A bipartisan group of lawmakers called on regulators to overhaul the way initial public offerings are conducted, concerned that last month's flubbed stock sale by Facebook Inc. shows the current system unfairly punishes small investors.
More: CNET and bizjournals
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Sneak peek: This is Kim Dotcom's new Megabox service  —  MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom may have had most of his assets seized as part of his indictment for criminal copyright infringement in January, but that apparently hasn't stopped him from working on his next venture.
More: WebProNewsTweets: @kimdotcom
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 …
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Russian revolution as sales club KupiVIP raises $38m  —  The hotly-tipped Russian shopping club KupiVIP has cemented its position as one of the country's rising stars, raising another $38 million in funding to help grow its business.  —  In an announcement on Thursday …

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