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June 21, 2012, 3:40 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Like Netflix, Facebook is boosting its edge network  —  (c)2012 Pinar Ozger pinar@pinarozger.com  —  Updated: Facebook is building out its own edge network to help speed up the delivery of its photos according to Frank Frankovsky, a VP at the social networking company.
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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 secet: A lot of accelerators are just spinning their wheels.
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 …

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