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June 21, 2012, 6:00 PM

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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Fail Whale Of A Day: Mostly Down Since 12:35 EDT  —  In what's sure to piss off most news readers and general web-perusing enthusiasts, Twitter has gone down.  We've heard reports that it's been down for the last fifteen minutes, and without access to Twitter …
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 …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Microsoft's secret weapon in mobile gaming: DirectX on Windows Phone 8  —  Not many people remember this, but the original Xbox got its name from Microsoft's plans to deliver a “DirectX Box” to the home console market.  Feeling the need to counteract the growing influence of consoles at the turn …
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 …
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Facebook will change ad service to settle lawsuit  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has agreed to allow users more control over how their personal information is used in its “Sponsored Stories” ad feature, part of a deal to resolve litigation against the social networking company.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Apps Rule!  Wooga No Longer Distributing HTML5 Games on Facebook.  —  Wooga, a German-based social game developer, said it will no longer use Facebook to distribute its mobile games, after conducting a six-month long experiment on its HTML5 platform.  —  The decision is yet another blow …
Fred Wilson / A VC:
The art of important work, of making a ruckus and of inventing the future  —  Entrepreneurs teach VCs, not the other way around.  And I was lucky early in my career to back Seth Godin, who taught me a lot.  When I met Seth, he was writing books and building a web company.
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.
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 …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Texas Presses Google Probe  —  The Texas attorney general's office, as part of its two-year-old antitrust probe of Google Inc., earlier this week filed a civil action in state court that demands the Internet company hand over an unknown number of documents that it withheld from investigators.
ReadWriteWeb:
Startup Accelerator Fail: Most Graduates Go Nowhere  —  Startup accelerators continue to grow in popularity.  There are now more than 200 around the world attracting twice as many applicants as they did just two years ago.  But there's a dirty little secret: A lot of accelerators are just spinning their wheels.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
TaskRabbit Launches On-Demand Courier Service ‘Deliver Now’ In San Francisco  —  San Francisco is a relatively tiny place — famously just 49 square miles — but now its residents will have the whole city at their fingertips even more so than ever.  —  TaskRabbit, the online marketplace …
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Michael Martinez / CNN:
New La. law: Sex offenders must list status on Facebook, other social media  —  (CNN) — A new Louisiana law requires sex offenders and child predators to state their criminal status on their Facebook or other social networking page, with the law's author saying the bill is the first of its kind in the nation.
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Endangered Languages Project: Google Wants To Save 3,000 Languages Under Threat (Thanks Partly To Google)  —  Google, along with other major forces of our dot-com times, has played a huge part in making English the lingua franca of the Internet, but today brings news of an effort it's making to counterbalance that, at least a little.
Christine Haughney / Media Decoder:
The Times Co. Names 2 Directors, Including Joi Ito, Internet Entrepreneur  —  The New York Times Company, continuing its efforts to move forward in the world of news media, has added two new members to its board who have extensive technology backgrounds.  —  The company announced …

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